Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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.

My Sister's Keeper is one of those books that you will either love or hate. I ended up loving it, but I know many people really hate it mostly because of how it ends. I cannot say that I liked the ending because it was extremely sad and will have you crying, but I liked it because it was completely unexpected. I thought the book was heading in one direction, but Jodi Picoult did a complete 180 with the plot. I was surprised and even shocked by what happened. If you read this book, I would keep some tissues nearby.

Although I would classify My Sister's Keeper as a tear-jerker, it is so much more than that. There are many controversial topics that come up that question your morals. It is the kind of book that will make you think and will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Each character contributes to the book in some way as they deal with their problems. I really liked the characters in this book, especially Anna. She was such a strong person for a girl so young. I also really liked her brother, Jesse, even though he is definitely a trouble maker. My least favorite character was the mother, Sara, because she clearly favored one child over the others.

My Sister's Keeper is a great book. Actually, I would even go as far as saying that it is a powerful book. I really enjoyed Jodi Picoult's writing. I was surprised that I actually liked the different point of view's each chapter because it gave the story so many different perspectives. The plot was excellent. I liked being surprised by the ending even though I did end up crying. In my opinion, the book is so much better than the movie. Actually, I think the movie completely messed up the story that Jodi Picoult wrote, so read the book and do not watch the movie.

Rating: 4/5

Swords are for fighting,


  1. I haven't had the chance to pick this one up, but thanks to your review I definitely will at some point!

  2. Awesome! Thanks for your review! My friends say that this is totally worth it to read! I've only watched the was rather depressing at times though =(

  3. Oh this is so hard! Your review makes me want to read it, but I suffer from HORRIBLE sympathy pains and have a feeling I will be curled in the fetal position with this one lol. But your review definitely has me wanting to try anyway, not just because of the plot but how she handles the point of views and perspectives. Thank you for this!

  4. yeah, you are right. The ending is completely unexpected. I was so upset when I found it out.
    But I still like this book. My 4 stars go for it.

    Cant agree no more for Sara. Until the end of the book, the emotion for her was still remain. I hated her :D

    This is the first book of Jody Picoult that I read. I have not read the other because I am just lil bit afraid that she'd did the same thing. But I think I am going to give it a try.

  5. I haven't read this one because I know I will cry. But know I'm curious about the ending..

    Thanks for the review!

  6. Wow! a 4/5 I have to check this one out!

    Emma Michaels