My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2004
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.
Publisher: New York : Atria, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780743454520
Branch Call Number: FIC PICO
Characteristics: vii, 423 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 18, 2017

Riveting and devastating. Master of the plot. Like Louise Penny and Anna Quindlen, I'll now be reading all her novels. Only an intelligent, compassionate and deep person could write like she does.

Aug 04, 2017

I am honestly amazed by Jodi Picoult's work and talent. My sister's keeper has one of the best plot twists ever. While reading this book I imagined myself endings but it was far from what actually happened. It's a heartbreaking and beautiful book I highly recommend.

Jul 21, 2017

I really enjoyed this book for the fact that it places the thought of what is morally correct. Anna's journey to help her sister with cancer and having to make a choice that regards her own body is endearing. Every character in the book has a story to be told whether right or wrong that is for the reader to decide. I found that reading this was filled with emotion for every action each character took.
The only thing that I did not like about the book is the lead in to the ending I feel like it felt rushed to be done. I do recommend reading this book if you are looking for slightly light reading it is one that can be put down and picked up again.

Jun 27, 2017

Loved this book!

Mar 13, 2017

I read maybe a third of the book and then skipped to the last 5 chapters or so. I don't feel like I missed much. Sometimes so many side stories weaken the main characters, and I wanted to know about Kate and Anna.
It was a good read, a little long, but still worth the time (at least what amount I put into it :)

Jan 16, 2017

Well.....that answers that: would I enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing? Answer: No, I don't.
I found the story long drawn out with very little substance to the heartbreaking story she was trying to tell. Add a romance to draw in more readers, and you've got a book written for profit, not substance. Don't get me started on that ending......

Dec 10, 2016

Jodi Picoult did it again...another well written book. Tear jerker!

Aug 01, 2016


Jodi Picoult is amazing! My Sister's Keeper is one of her best for sure! Highly recommended! A real pageturner!

Jun 15, 2016

How would you feel if you were the mother, the sick daughter, her healthy sister, or any other member of this family? You may find yourself realizing that in answering that question, you've failed to put yourself in each person's shoes - until you read the book.
As always, we feel the feelings of each character affected by the situation in Jodi Picoult's books. We are drawn in until we "are" each character.
We are given much food for thought on a controversial topic that is very much relevant in today's world.
I so enjoy having my world expanded by good novelists!

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Aug 04, 2017

"there should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rule book that says it is all right to wake up crying,but only for a month."

M_ALCOTT Aug 20, 2014

" I was born for a very specific purpose. I wasn't the result of a cheap bottle of wine or a full moon or the heat of the moment. I was born because a scientist managed to hook up my mother's eggs and my father's sperm to create a specific combination of precious genetic material....they chose little embryonic me, specifically, because I could save my sister, Kate."-Anna

Jul 09, 2013

"Either this girl loses her sister, I think, or she's going to lose herself."

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“I learn from my own daughter that you don’t have to be awake to cry.”

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

Lauren Jul 10, 2008

"If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?" p138


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Coarse Language: Lot's of swearing on Jessies' part.

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Lauren Jul 10, 2008

Anna was concieved through IVF as a genetic match to her sister Kate, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia at the age of 2. Initially only Anna's cord blood is donated, but as Kate's disease progresses and changes, Anna's parents have her donate blood and marrow several times. When Anna is 13 and Kate is 16, Kate's kidneys fail. The girls' parents expect Anna to donate a kidney to save Kate's life, as a transplant is Kate's only hope for survival. Anna hires a lawyer, Campbell Alexander, to help her become medically emancipated from her parents. This book follows the course of the trial, as Anna's family tries to come to terms with the lawsuit, and explores the family's life since Kate's diagnosis and their complex relationships with each other. Anna loves her sister--but is she willing to let her die?

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