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Jodi Picoult
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Lengths Should a Family Go to Save a Life? Nov. 12 2008
By Teddy
Anna was conceived as a bone marrow donor for her sister Kate. Originally it was just going to be taken from the placenta but when that didn't hold, Anna ended up being a long-term donor for Kate. By the age of 13, Anna had undergone several surgeries and transfusions. Now she is expected to donate a kidney to her sister. Now she will draw a line in the sand. She will fight this.

What length should parents and siblings' go to save a family member's life? What is ethical, moral, and legal? What is right for the person who has the disease? Picoult does not give us the answers but leads us through the journey of what one family, lawyers, and the courts go through. In the end, we must decide.

I like how the narrative of the story switches from character to character so that we can get inside what each person is thinking and feeling. Picoult also throws in a few twists and turns to keep the story and plot going.

Several people have recommended this book to me. I must admit I hesitated, blowing it off as "chick lit". Boy was I wrong. This story is not superficial fluff; it deals with deep ethical issues and is well written.

This is the first Jodi Picoult book I have read, but it is certainly not the last. I highly recommend My Sister's Keeper!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not Live Up to Its Interesting Premise June 2 2004
By A Customer
"My Sister's Keeper" is the first novel I have read by Jodi Picoult, and it could very well be the last. The premise of the novel is so interesting: a younger sibling is genetically "designed" so that she will be an acceptable donor to her older sister, who is very ill. As the girls age, there are medical, legal and emotional choices and consequences for the whole family. The story is told from the perspective of each character in the story, which is also an interesting and insightful way to deal with the subject matter.
However, in spite of its promise in both subject matter and form, the novel does not deliver a pleasurable read or a satisfactory ending. At several points while I was reading, I thought: "Is this a soap, or this literature?" I felt like the book, which has lofty quotations which run the gamut from D.H. Lawrence to Shakespeare, has too many aspirations. The author does not let it be enough of a straight-up tug at your heartstrings family drama, and tries to endow it with more seriousness than the writing is really capable of pulling off. And the ending was just not appropriate: the reader is anticipating an ending that deals with the ethical consequences of the character's actions, and the author robs the reader of that experience. I couldn't recommend the novel on that basis alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, too sudden ending! April 18 2006
By A Customer
I have just finish reading this book and I have to admit that I don't regret my purchase. However, people thinking of getting this book should be aware that the ending spoils the 'greatnest' of the story. It is too abrupt, too sudden and you're left wondering if the author had a deadline and didn't know what to do so lets just say she puts a stop to the debate about the organ donation pretty quickly.
One other minor thing that bugged me : Anna's going back and forth to her mother. (You'll understand!)
Even though some parts of the book were frustrating, if you read most people's comments they couldn't put the book down so in MY book, it means it is worth the time spent reading it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important book Aug. 15 2006
By Pat V.
This is a novel pulled right from today's headlines, one filled with ethical conundrums and ambiguities. Medical advances that put us in the position of playing God (but without the infinite wisdom) have no easy right/wrong answers, as Picoult makes abundantly clear in her captivating book. Picoult's characters are as real as your friends and neighbors, good people at heart caught up in troubling issues that are only going to grow more vexing as medical advances continue to outstrip our courts and our ability to come to terms with all the moral implications. Unsettling yet fascinating, My Sister's Keeper is a must-read. It would have received five stars if it weren't for the ending, which could have been much more definitive and less of a convenient, simple way out of a problematic situation. Still, My Sister's Keeper wins a solid recommendation. There's another thoughtful good book, An Audience for Einstein, that explores the ethics of advanced medical science in a somewhat gentler way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great narrative, but disappointing ending June 24 2004
This is the first novel of Picoult's that I have read. When reading the description of the plot (a minor who sues for medical control over her own body after 13 years of being used for blood and marrow donations to her sister who has leukemia), I was immediately taken in. An added bonus, when I got the book, was discovering Picoult's narrative structure -- chapters are written from the point of view from different characters.
Picoult does an excellent job at character development. I found that I was able to understand each character's motivations and was drawn to each of them as individuals. And it is obvious that she does her homework in regards to both the complex legal and medical issues.
I was, however, very disappointed in the ending. After spending some 200-odd pages taking the rollercoaster ride of emotions with each character as well sorting through my own feelings about truth and morality, I reached the culmination of the trial. Her handling of the trial is emotionally rich, even if several of the issues that are raised are only done so cursorily. Regardless, the verdict is given that is fair and appropriate. I was excited to see what would happen *after* the verdict.
Instead, however, of attempting to implement the verdict in a "real-life" setting, Picoult ends the book with a plot device that indicates to me that she had run out of creative energy. It enabled all the characters to have their stories all neatly tied up. Very much a "happily ever after" ending which does a large disservice to the bulk of the book where Picoult spends extensive time laying out the issues.
I have recommended this book to my friends, but with the very large caveat as above. So much more could have been done with this book and the issues it raises -- I was disappointed in the cliche ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This was a great book, it was an easy read, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see the movie.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Guignard
5.0 out of 5 stars Book by Jodi Picoult- My Sister's Keeper
Very good book. Would be one to read again in a few years. They should have made the movie as the book went.
Published 12 months ago by Karen Apland
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay....
This story has a very interesting premise; a 'designer' baby created to save an older child's life. I think the most interesting thing are the various chapters with the voices of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by loridrys
5.0 out of 5 stars tear jerker
At first I didn't want to read this. I am so happy I did. It has a great twist and will make you cry.
Published 15 months ago by B. Arthurs-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
What a story, I had a very hard time putting this one down !!!
I'm so glad that I didn't see the movie, that would have wrecked everything about this story.
Published 19 months ago by Barb O.
3.0 out of 5 stars audio book of my sisters keeper
I enjoyed the audio book, but I thought the readers could be more animated. They seemed to just read the book. instead of acting the parts. but I really enjoyed the book.
Published 21 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars A tear-jerker
I have to object to the comments criticing the abruptness of the ending. I thought it was perfect. I don't believe readers needed all the nitty gritty details of the events that... Read more
Published on June 19 2012 by Karen73
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
book came in great condition. was a quick delivery. I loved the book and would order from this seller again, and recommend to others. thank you
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