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My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
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ISBN-13: 9780743454537
ISBN-10: 0743454537
Publication Date: 2/1/2005
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 4030 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 36
OK,I'm in the minority here in thinking this book was only so-so. There were certain parts of the book that had me in tears, and then there were other parts that just didn't seem to fit into the whole book. The story is told from a bunch of different perspectives, but I almost wish they'd just kept the POV within the family and possibly the lawyer and judge. With all the different narratives, you get bits and pieces of peoples' lives, and sometimes I feel that leads to distraction. I loved the flashbacks or the pieces of family history- those, I felt, added to the whole complexity and dynamic within the family. BUT, why was there so much time spent on the lawyer and his ex? SUre, their romance was a sweet side story, but it really took up too much of the plot. Also, we have this whole mystery going on about the lawyer's medical ailment that really adds zilch (and, to be honest, pales in comparison to Kate's leukemia).

I guess what I'm trying to say is, when the story is told from the eyes of the family, it is intriguing. When narrative switches to someone outside the family, it starts to plod. Jodi Picoult is extremely good at capturing emotions and the tiny nuances within the not-so-perfect family. But this just isn't her best book.
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Helpful Score: 17
There had been so much hype around this book because of the movie that I tried to keep my expectations in check. And I'm glad I did. While I enjoyed the book, I felt like the author just kept adding more and more lines to draw things out. What was said in 50 pages could have been said in 30, in my opinion. I just kept thinking, "get to the point, already!" Scenes were drawn out when they could have been more economized, is all I'm saying. Anyway, I did enjoy the book for the most part. I was definitely ready for it to end. And boy, what an ending! IT WAS NOT BELIEVABLE, and that part stuck with me for awhile. I kept telling myself, "well, that's what fiction is all about, Tammy." But, I dunno....I came to like the ending after it settled with me. Suspension of disbelief, they say.....
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Helpful Score: 17
This book has so many dimensions! A true page-turner that makes you think about your life as a mother and as a sister. The last 10 pages truly make the book.
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Helpful Score: 12
Emotionally jarring story of a daughter's struggle to become an individual, without comprising love for her family, especially her sister. I found the mother abhorrent and disturbing.
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Helpful Score: 11
This was an amazing book! I'm a new mom myself, so this book had a whole new meaning to me. I'm not usually one to cry at books and movies, but this was definitely a tear jerker. Had me crying more than once! This was a wonderfully written story about an impossible situation. It's told from multiple points of view and each one is entirely believeable. I highly recommend this one.
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Helpful Score: 7
I really liked this book, It brings up some issues that may seem incredibly clear and then not so clear all at the same time. Great for discussion.
Kate is diagnosed with Leukemia, so her parents have a child, Anna, that is created to be a perfect donor match for her. The book takes place when Anna is 13 and Kate is 16. Anna sues for Medical Emancipation, so she will not be required to donate a Kidney or other blood, etc to her sister. A real heart wrenching story with twisted ending.. SNiff... Sniff..
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Helpful Score: 6
This was a wonderful and engaging book that would have been even better without all the profane language. This is the first book I've read by Jodi Picoult so it may not hold true for her other books, but I am always put off by gifted authors who choose to take the easy route of revealing a character's personality primarily by the number of times they can say the "F" word. After the second time, I got it...He has anger issues.
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Helpful Score: 5
A great book about the dynamics of a family when the odds are stacked against them. I found it a very easy read and enjoyed the tug on my heartstrings.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is in my top 5. The ending literally made me cry and I was distraught for a couple of days afterward. Unfortunately for me, I finished the book during my lunch hour while at work. My boss kept asking me what had happened for the rest of the day, but when I tried to explain it was nothing, just a book; the tears started to flow again! It was later in the week before I could even talk about it. I passed this book to a co-worker and she had the same reaction when she finished reading it.

In short, I cannot recommend this book enough. Would give it more stars if I could!
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Helpful Score: 5
I started reading this book because I needed a change of pace from all of the autism books that I have been reading, and this book turned out to be exactly what I needed. It is such a good "parenting" book. Sometimes as a mom you get so wrapped up in the sick child that it's easy to neglect the other children that you are also the mother of. I loved this book and highly recommend it. This was my first Jodi Picoult, and I can't decide if I like her writing style, but this was an excellent book!! (The movie totally sucks. They shouldn't even have the same title.)
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I'm obviously in the minority here, but I thought this book sucked. I was being generous when I gave it 2.5 stars. Actually, the idea, the concept was great - really made me think as a parent "what would I do?" - but the ending was such an f-ing cop-out. The story is as much about Anna and her growing up as it is about the family. Having Anna die and having her attorney (who, btw, just fought for her to have medical emancipation so she wouldn't have to give up her kidney) donate her organs was another jarring example of how Anna was, really, just a "spare parts" daughter. Kate was always the most important to the mother and Anna was only conceived so that Kate would live. Anna never had an identity outside of "Kate's on-call donor" and when she was given the opportunity, the possibility, of being something else, Picoult snatched it away and made it all about Kate again. Obviously, Kate was the character Picoult cared about, and IMHO, she shouldn't have written it so that Anna got emancipated; she should have had the judge side with the mother and do the transplant anyway. And all the mumbo-jumbo about "Anna had to die so I could live" was b.s. and, by that point, completely expected. Anna's out of the picture, Kate's healthy and everything goes back to the perfect family picture that the parents set out to have in the first place.

Major thumbs-down and this book effectively put me off reading anything else by Picoult.
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This book turned out to be a big disappointment at the end. I was captivated page by page enjoying how well established all the characters were. I loved how the author rolled from each person's point of view to reveal the overall story. At least I did until I got to the end. I literally kept flipping pages back and forth, CERTAIN that somehow my copy of this book was missing a chapter. Even after I finished it, I went back looking for a missing segment that somehow I could have overlooked. I felt built up and let down.

Definitely take the time to read the Q&A with the Author that's included at the end of book. I don't think it really answered my questions, but it helped me realize she intended this surprise ending. I still think it needed another chapter with SOME detail....but I am not an author, just another reader!

I am just finishing another one of Piccoult's books "Picture Perfect" and to be honest, am not looking forward to the ending of this one either. However, she does write beautifully with such realistic characters that I am definitely going to read her book, "The Pact" next. I think I didn't enjoy this ending because I have grown accustomed to the 'happy ending' we all expect at the end of tragic stories....and that really isn't a realistic end in life. Happy reading.....
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Helpful Score: 4
I absolutely loved this book! It was a very sad story but so well written I could not put it down! Highly recommend this one.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book really stole my heart! Picoult weaves an intricate story that deals with moral issues as well as family problems.
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While I liked this book, I don't think it was one of the best I have ever read. Although I didn't guess the ending exactly, the further I got into the book, the more obvious that something like that was going to happen. Still, it did not detract from the story, and I still wanted to keep reading to see if I was right. I enjoyed the story being told from various viewpoints, but at some spots I had a hard time discerning if they were talking about the present time, or a moment in the past.
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I have not yet viewed the movie, but this book was remarkable.
I have never read a book written in this manner and it was just wonderful to see how everyone involved in this viewed the entire experience.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone. I normally do not read this type of story but am very anxious to read more by Jodi Picoult.
I am glad I was turned to reading this by my sons girlfriend.
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This book was way overrated. I feel the most for the characters of Anna and Jesse, and even the dad to some degree. The ending was a tragic shock and made me feel cheated. I so wanted Anna to become something other than tolerated by her family until she was needed yet again to save Kate's life. Anna is smart and funny and curious and deserved so much better than she got. The mother, Sara I felt was selfish and single minded. I am in a battle of my own with a serious medical situation, but I feel most of the time like I am living to make everyone else happy. I understood the position Kate was in and it isn't fun, or easy, or even wanted. But, as a mother, I would have probably done the same for Kate...WITHOUT neglecting Anna or Jesse. I just felt Sara played favorites and the other two got the short end of the stick. Ultimately, it seemed as though Sara, even with such a loss.....won somehow. Horrible.
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Helpful Score: 3
If you've never read Picoult before, I highly recommend this book. She is an amazing author who writes in such a way that the characters become three-dimensional because you learn so much about them and the way that the chapters are laid out keeps you omniscient of events in the story. She manages to have two stories that become intertwined in this book as a result of one family's decision to go to extreme measures to save a daughter from cancer.

Sometimes, I wanted to feel sorry for Sara, the mother, but I just couldn't because it came down to her being a selfish person until it was too late. Though it's admirable she refuses to give up hope and accept inevitable death for one child, the pain she causes both daughters in order for Kate to live leads to a dramatic action by Anna. With Sara, it's always about what she wants in order to keep, who is obviously, her favorite child alive and so she ignores the true needs of all of them in order for herself to play the martyr.

The father, Brian, ends up being nearly as bad, though he has his moments of empathy with all his kids, in some of the decisions he makes in order to try to keep his family together. And the brother, Jesse, is almost understandable in the anger that he projects at having felt ignored and helpless though he expresses it in an awful way. As for the sisters, you can feel the love that they have for each other while at the same time wishing for a normal life.

It's a story that made me feel like my heart was compressed in my chest as I read and laughed and cried as I felt the anger, hurt, love and sacrifice within its pages.
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It's the simplest, plainest way to say it. You have no heart and no soul, if you can read through this book and not be so completely moved by it.

It is a story of a family who are bruised and tortured by the cancer that is killing the middle daughter, and it is their collective story of trying to survive it without each other, and with each other. Jodi Picoult has always taken on the stories that other authors are afraid to, and she will always, always make you think, and will help you truly experience what families in struggle are going through. Do not read this book in public, because you will end up crying in front of people.
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This book was so well written. Each character telling the story was genius as I really came to know and sympathize with each one. I totally understood why it had to end the way it did. Very touching.
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This book was outstanding! Picoult did a great job of describing the family dynamic, especially when there's a sick child involved. This book brought up some controversial issues- medical ethics and organ donation. I couldn't put it down and I was so emotionally involved myself- Kate's mother just irritated me. I would highly recommend this.
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Helpful Score: 3
If you've never read Picoult before, I highly recommend this book. She is an amazing author who writes in such a way that the characters become three-dimensional because you learn so much about them and the way that the chapters are laid out keeps you omniscient of events in the story. She manages to have two stories that become intertwined in this book as a result of one family's decision to go to extreme measures to save a daughter from cancer.

Sometimes, I wanted to feel sorry for Sara, the mother, but I just couldn't because it came down to her being a selfish person until it was too late. Though it's admirable she refuses to give up hope and accept inevitable death for one child, the pain she causes both daughters in order for Kate to live leads to a dramatic action by Anna. With Sara, it's always about what she wants in order to keep, who is obviously, her favorite child alive and so she ignores the true needs of all of them in order for herself to play the martyr.

The father, Brian, ends up being nearly as bad, though he has his moments of empathy with all his kids, in some of the decisions he makes in order to try to keep his family together. And the brother, Jesse, is almost understandable in the anger that he projects at having felt ignored and helpless though he expresses it in an awful way. As for the sisters, you can feel the love that they have for each other while at the same time wishing for a normal life.

It's a story that made me feel like my heart was compressed in my chest as I read and laughed and cried as I felt the anger, hurt, love and sacrifice within its pages.
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This is the first book I've read by this author and she is fantastic. I like how each chapter has the name of the character that is telling the story from their point of view. I could not put the book down as I had to keep reading to hear what was happening next. This book really makes you stop and think what you would do if you were in that position......
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I loved this book! If you like Jodi Picoult, this is one of the best books I have read by her so far. Even if you have never read any of her books, this is a wonderful story about sisterhood and the effects of illness on a family. Heartbreaking read and what a surprise ending! I would definately recommend it to anyone!
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This book was really well written -- in classic Jodi Piccolt style. She was, as she's done in other books, able to take a tough real-issue subject and write from all sides, showing us several points of view and making us unsure of what is the "right" decision. I laughed; I cried. It was emotional and thought provoking.

I would definitely recommend reading this book (and others) by Piccolt.
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This was the first book by this author that I read. It was wonderfully written and hard to put down. Characters and situations were crafted carefully to convey a delicate situation one no parent or child should ever have to confront. I recommend this book to anyone and look forward to reading more from this author.
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This is an amazing book about the lengths a mother will go to for a very sick child and about a sister torn between love for and resentment toward her sister. Jodi Picoult somehow manages to get inside the feelings of the child's entire family and their struggle to find their place in light of the sickness of one member.
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This book makes quit an impact & raises a lot of good questions about what is ethically right when it comes to our children. Very emotional. Excellent book, couldn't put it down. And an ending you never imagined.
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My Sister's Keeper was one of the most heart wrenching stories I've ever read. Anna's sister, Kate, is dying of a rare form of leukemia. She was conceived as a genetic match for her sister to help save her life. It was supposed to be a one-time deal, but over the course of her 13 years, Anna has donated multiple times. Her sister is in need of a kidney and Ann's decided she's had enough of being told how to use her body. She decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation and refuses to give up her kidney. She knows the possible consequences of her actions, but she wants to be the one to make the choice, not her parents. What follows is a harrowing tale told in the view of six people affected by Anna's decision. I really can't say too much else without giving anything away, but this is a must read, albeit emotional one.
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This was a great book. I though it was well written, just enough to keep you pulled in. I loved it. I have already passed it on to someone else.
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I became a Jodi Picoult fan because of this book and I feel that this book was by far her best. The story is written from the perspective of all the different chracters' points of views which seamlesslessly weaves together to create such a powerful story. Unlike Picoult's other books about the human condition, this one really made me think and from many different perspectives. I appreciated the author's message and continue to form opinions about the legal issues pertaining to the issues that the book brought forth.
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Gosh...I really don't know what to say....I really loved the depth of the authors writing andvthis was such an emotional roller coaster for me...it was a fantastic book but I don't love to cry and this book brought me to jerking tears. This was my first book by Jodi picoult and wont be my last...just need to grab a box of tissues beforehand. Don't let me scare you away cause this was definitely a book worth reading.
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This is an awesome book! It really makes you think about a lot of things. I can't wait to see the movie! Throughout the book, you think you know how you feel, but then you read on and you realize that maybe you feel another way. The way the author writes the book from each character's point of view is truly exceptional. A definite must read!
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surprising ending. gut wrenching. wonderful. Jodi Picoult's best in my opinion.
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While I found the writing quite good, the storyline was trite, some characters unbelieveable (Sara and the "magic"reunion between Campbell and Julia), and the ending atrocious. This is why I don't read pop fiction...I'd give it a 2/5 for the imagery and unique point of view in storytelling...
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Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Told from each characters perspective made it possible to be sympathetic to each. Highly recommended.
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This was one of the first Jodi Picoult novels I have read. I'm not going to lie--it's a real tearjerker and the moral dilemmas of this story is reeling. I guess I come from a generation where child rights were not even a thought or a topic in most people's minds. I can guarantee that after reading this novel, you just can't ignore that children don't have a lot of say of what happens to them and how adults can easily manipulate situations to make children believe it's for the better good.

The only thing I did not like about this novel were stories that just didn't fit. I liked reading the POVs of the family members but the lawyer and his past relationship did not jive well with me at all. I think the author wanted to humanize the lawyer and let the readers know he has a life beyond lawyering.

Overall, I really loved this novel and I highly recommend first time Picoult readers to pick this one up before any of her other novels. And I also highly recommend that people read her other novels because she never fails to question your sense of right and wrong and her books leaves a lasting impression long after you finish reading them.
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This is the first Jodi Picoult I read, and I was hooked. She has a way of drawing you in, and opening your heart to the pain of others. The same pain that sometimes makes them do horrible things. (not necessarily specific to this book) She will get you thinking about the other side of the story that you may have never considered.
I guess that review is of the author. Still, this is one of my favorite books ever.
Some other great ones by Jodi include: Songs of a Humpback Whale, Salem Falls, & Change of Heart.
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This is the book equivalent of a Lifetime Original Movie. Fans of outrageous melodrama will probably enjoy it. Other will be annoyed by the characters' hand-wringing and emotional turmoil.
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WARNING - SPOILER INCLUDED.

This book was a complete waste of good reading time. I am not sure why everyone made a big fuss over how great it was. It sucked. The storyline is based on an interesting topic, but the book is depressing to no end and boring. The ending is the worst.

It's sickening how the mother paid all the attention to the sick daughter, Kate, and ignored the other two children. I also found Kate to be quite selfish. I felt bad for Anna because she was the poor, ignored daughter who had a good in her heart and she's the one that ends up with the tragic ending all due to her sister. Maybe Anna's better off anyhow. It's not like her life was great considering it revolved around Kate.
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I honestly believe this is the best book by Jodi Picoult. My daughter called sobbing and told me to read it, I in turn called my sister sobbing, telling her to read it. I do NOT sob easily!
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I couldn't put this down and think it is my favorite of the Picoult books. A couple has another child that is a genetic match to one of their children so she can be a donor to her. This child now sees this the only reason she exists and the story takes off from there. A great book for discussions!
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This book is absolutely incredible! Bought it several months ago, read it in two days, and it hasn't been in my house since, as I keep lending it out to so many people. So Good! I have been acquiring Jodi's books at a rapid pace ever since reading this one!
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A very good, moving story, and very well written. I liked how the author keeps switching the point of veiw, so the reader knows the thoughts and emotions of all the main characters. They all have very different perspectives on the events taking place, and it's very clever, the way it all comes together.
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This book is the best book I've read of Jodi Picoult's books, so far. It is a really interesting topic and is great for a disscussion. It shows you that there are always two sides to every story. Be sure to grab a box of kleenexes for the suprise ending! It's a page turner!
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WOW! Fantastic Book. The story of a girl who at age two is disgnosed with leukemia, and who's parents decide to have a genetically chosen baby to be her matching donor.

In spite of being fiction it presents very current (and very real) issues of medical ethics,that ANYONE will find fascinating, even if not in the medical field.

It is extremely well written, using the various characters involved as narrators, so the reader will find him/herself taking different sides of the controversy at different points... I was glued to it from beginning to end! Highly recommend it.
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This is only the second Jodi Picoult book I have read. I can't say enough about this book, so many emotions I could not put it down. She is a great author and will read more of her books soon. OUTSTANDING..
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I loved this books. I just finished it.

It was told from multiple points if view. These were- the mother, the father, the brother, the older sister, the younger sister, the attorney & the court appointed gaurdian.


The different perspectives, in my opinion, is what made this book smazing instead of merely a compassionate story. Being able to see from all points of view made the story whole in a way one point of view can't. It was a beautifully told story that actually rang true as if it really happened. I don't want to spoil by adding details from it but this was a truly great book. Imo by adding in things like the mystery of yhe lawyers ailment (which is mentioned in another review) it reminds us that real life is about everyone going through and dealing with different things. I really enjoyed all perspectives of the book.
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One of the most powerful books I've ever read. Told from varying voices, you feel so much emotion as this family deals with the tragedy handed to them over and over.
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Loved this book!!!! It's told from the point of view of several characters and chronicles the breakdown of a family going through the illness of one of the daughters. It dealt with complex moral issues how your decisions affect your future and the future of those you love, sometimes in ways that go against your best intentions . As a parent, I was fascinated by how the mother tried to do what she felt was best, but ultimately foresook her other two children's interests in her pursuit to save the older daughter at all costs. Makes you thankful that your children are healthy and that you don't have to wrestle with the issues this family did! Can't wait to see the movie!
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I was nicely surprised at how much I loved this book. I fought off sleep a number of nights just to get to the next chapter...and the next, and the next!

Jodi Picoult writes so hauntingly vivid, with characters that transcend the pages time and time again.

It was worth every page of text, and has an ending that really defies and defines everything. I highly recommended it!
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How far would you go to save your child's life? Further than any of us ever imagine we would.

This novel offers a insightful look into one family's efforts to save the life of a very sick child. Perhaps the ending is a little too tidy, but this book has stayed with me for months.
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In ended up being a good story. However I found it difficult to stay interested. I have read two Jodi Picoult books and I am not a fan.
I am willing to try one more because so many of my friends love her books.
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An interesting look into a topic I have rarely if ever heard about. Medical stories aren't usually in my stack, but this book came highly recommended. I like the author's style. However, the character of the oldest son seemed a little out of place, or unneeded. Some of the descriptions of medical procedures being done on the young girls made me tear up more than once and say, "Oh poor baby girl!" It reached me deeply on some levels and at other times seemed almost superficial and left me wondering why it was needed for the story. Overall worth a read.
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This book was great. Jodi Picoult did a great job transferring between characters. I also love the way she put in humor to help it seem a little easier. Over all I give this book a 5 out of 5. It made me laugh, cry, and think about myself, which to me is what a great book should do.
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I loved this book...right up until the end. And then I hated it. Without saying too much, (although it seems the ending has been given away in countless reviews) I will say that I felt this to be a major cop out, so that the author didn't have to really make a choice. It just ruined an otherwise great read. I am hesitant to read more of this author's works based on my experience with this one.
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Ah... this is the first Jodi Picoult book I ever read. I read it behind the counter at Books-A-Million and from there, I have bought and read (mostly multiple times) the rest of her books.

In re-reading her books, this one still stands out - it has the different voices of _Songs_... though it has a strict timeline which is pretty new. It has the courtroom formula, but it comes off as less like a formula in this one. The end, though I did remember it, still shocks - not with the force of the first time, but shocks nonetheless.
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The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate-a life and role she has never challenged until now....
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I loved this book - I found myself reaching for it on my nightstand more then my remote! I couldn't seem to put it down for more then an hour, and I'd reccomend it to anyone!
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An absolutely heartbreaking and heartwarming book about family relationships and how far one person will go for another. Jodi Picoult is an amazing writer and the perfect person to put a story like this on paper.
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For the most part I enjoyed this book, however I did not like the way the author went from past to present within each chapter through out the whole book.
I would definitely recommend it though
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Yet again, this book is very well crafted but I didn't fully connect to the characters. Maybe because I waited so long to read it, it also seemed quite a bit predictable. I'm sure hearing what a tear jerker it is set me up to remain a little detached while reading. The closest I came to tearing up was the epilogue, but the tears never fell. I'm at a bit of a loss with this author. Obviously, she takes her craft seriously and I respect that. But, I'm just missing out on the emotional ride she's trying to take me on. I don't mind the multiple voices or the dramatic twists at the end. However, I hate that I'm not emotionally invested enough to truly care what happens to any of the main characters. At the very end, I'm more concerned about how the lawyer and his dog turn out than anyone and that's not what I should feel. I think I'm going to take a break from trying to read any more of her books right now. Oh well. :(
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This book is completely amazing. It was the book that sent me on the track of becoming a Doctor and really an inspiring book. The ending was shocking and I literally was bawling in the middle of a class. The book is also easily accessible and readable to just about anyone. It's about human sacrifice and what true sisterly (or family) love really means. No matter who you are, where you are I recommend this book to you.
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Very good book. My first jodi picoult book so far. Look forward to reading more.
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While the story itself was great, multiple points of view distract and sometimes offer too much extraneous information. This was the first book I've read be Picoult, and I will read her again due to the great story line.
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very sad..but good book
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Anna wants to be medically emancipated from her parents.

Did I get your attention? That's why I chose to read this book!

Kate has a rare form of leukemia that is hard to treat. And her already born brother, Jesse, is not a genetic match to donate blood, bone marrow, or anything else that Kate needs. So her parents, Sara and Brian, decided to do something that has always had a lot of controversy surrounding it -- have a child that will be picked out of a petri dish who is an exact genetic match to Kate. That way the child can be a donor for her already sick sister.

When Anna turns thirteen, she finally gets sick of undergoing surgeries and procedures for things that have no benefit to her. And now, her mother has asked her to donate a kidney to Kate, because hers are failing. The doctors have even told the family that Kate is too sick for the surgery and they don't think that her body could handle it. But Sara still wants Anna to donate her kidney to Kate. So she goes to a lawyer, who aggrees to help her for free, to medically emancipate herself from her parents.

Anna sits through the trial and argues with herself to make sure that what she is doing is right. Brian is a firefighter and so he decides that while the trial is going on, it would be best if Anna stayed at the station with him. And for the first time in a long time, they get to bond.

Who lives? Who dies? Who wins? Who loses? Is this trial a fight of winning and losing? How does a family handle a daughter who is finally fighting back?

A close friend of mine suggested that I read MY SISTER'S KEEPER. It's one of her favorite books, so I agreed to try it. And am I ever happy that I did! I can honestly say that I haven't read a book this well-written in a long time! With every chapter the narrator changes, so the reader gets a chance to see what every character in the book thinks of the current events. I had never read a Jodi Picoult book before, but I definitely will be reading more in the future!
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As usual, another great book by Jodi Picoult! Interesting and ironic. Held my interest and made me think!
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This was my first book by Picoult. I definitely enjoyed it. I was able to put it down but was still anxious to see how the book developed and how it would end. The ending was a bit different than I imagined as I read. I enjoyed seeing how the story/characters unfolded, and immediately started looking for more Picoult books to read! It was thought provoking and captivating.
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Powerful novel about the love amongst family. Jodi Picoult has done it again. Be prepared to think.
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Story is told in the voice of each of the main characters. The book is a quick read (I completed it in a day of airport/airplane travel) and takes on some interesting ethical issues.
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I like to compare and contrast books with the motion picture versions and this is definitely a case where the book outshines the movie. The ironic twist of fate at the end puts the entire story in perspective. The movie version's end made it too predictable. The author writes the story with both sensitivity and bluntness that keep the reader interested and questioning the rights of adulthood and authority.
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Jodi Picoult is an excellent writer and you're immediately immersed in the story. Her stories seem to be taken from real events or situations you've read about. My only problem with her books is that,for me, they are rather depressing.
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Really good book. Picoult takes an important social issue and examines it totally. Really thought-provoking: "How would I react in this situation?" "What does this say about me and about society in general?" "How far should we go to protect/maintain our family relationships?" I always enjoy her books; they make me think and ponder life.
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A gripping story. There were some things that ended up not making sense in the end thought kind of hung me up and bothered me, but it is definitely a page turner.
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Loved the book. would recommend it to everyone to read.
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Wow. Couldn't put it down! Really makes you think about how you would handle an impossible situation like this in your own family. I love how the author switches voices - you are able to experience the story from each characters perspective. My only criticism...excessive cursing distracted from the story.
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This book was one of Piccoult's greatest. Right down to the end this book had me captivated. Great read!!
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Without giving too much away...I'd recommend this book to anyone.
And I don't think I've ever said that before.
Man, women, child, parent... I think it speaks to all of us. Yes, Jodi Picoult writes about the "unspeakable" issues of the times, and yes she delivers with a family unit that we learn to care deeply about.
I loved the way each chapter is written in the first person of a different character.... she lets us know their deepest thoughts and we learn how they react to each situation from their perspective. There's no right or wrong here, the readership can each make their own decision on the "ethics" of whether a 13 yr old should be "medically emancipated" from becoming an organ donor to a "dying" sibling. I felt for all involved, and how eloquently Picoult voices the anquish of a mother, father, and "forgotten" son in this tale of human tragedy.
At the end of this wonderfully written saga is a chapter that tore at my heart, brought tears, and yet uplifted my spirit in a way so few authors have ever achieved.
I read it quickly....but only because I wanted to be with them, sharing a heartache that would be too impossible to bare alone.
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OMGosh. Once I started this I couldn't put it down. Anna was born to be a donor for her dying sister, Kate. Anna doesn't want to be a donor anymore. You experience this story from all sides, each chapter written from a different point of view. It's not confusing - it's enlightening. It makes you wonder which is more important - our sense of self or our sense of responsibility to our famly and loved ones. And it makes you realize that you never know what is going on inside another persons head, no matter how well you think you know someone. Being a parent myself - I can't imagine how I would ever decide, if I had to choose between one child and the other. I'd probably say "Take Me" instead - but funny how life doesn't give us the options that make decisions easy. This book is an experience, and will open up many questions in your mind.
Enjoy it - it's a keeper!
Gimi
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If you have a sibling...and whether he/she is your best friend or worst enemy...you should read this book. I have two sisters, and thought of them the entire time I read this.
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I really enjoyed this book. While it did get quite confusing and repetitive during changes between characters,as some other readers said, I enjoyed getting to know each characters thoughts. This is the first Jodi Picoult book I've read, and have already ordered a few more.
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WOW....that is an understatement. This isn't what at all I expected, I thought within the first few chapters that I had the book figured out and I knew how it would turn out, boy was I wrong. I read this in one afternoon, I simply couldn't put the book down I was drawn in to the world of Anna and Kate with the ups and downs of life and illness. The bonds of this family are indescribile, it asks the questions we as a soicety don't want to when it comes to the well being and health of our children. I have always been a fan of Picoult's writing and this one was another great maybe her best to date!
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This book is one of the most awesome page turners I have read from Ms Picoult . I found the charecters to be so real and could identify with being a teenager with this book . a really great read . I would not reccomend this book to anyone who was going through a medical trauma with a child though . It was an awesome story . but I would have liked to see the brothers charecter explored a little more .
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I really enjoyed this book. It did not have the typical and expected ending and really surprised me which I love in a book. This is probably my favorite Jodi Picoult book.
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Love Love Love It! Gripping story, love Picoult's writing style, easy read and I would definately recommend this to anyone and everyone. This is outside of the normal genres that I read but it was so good.
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This was the first Jodi Picoult book I ever read and I was absolutely enthralled start to finish!
What a wonderfully dramatic story of love and independence.
Each character gets a chance to tell part of the story from his/her point of view. If you don't mind the perspective changes from chapter to chapter it is a wonderful read start to finish! I laughed and cried and got so mad sometimes I had to put it down for a moment; this author is genius at pulling you into the characters in her stories.
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Awesome book. Fast reading. very interesting ending.. I would recommend to anyone, especially those who have read other Jodi Picoult books.
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WOW! I loved this book! Really hard to put down and one of the best books I've read this year!
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I had a love hate relationship with this book! Thought parts were good...and other parts awful. Thought the main character was too mature for her age, and thought the end was absolutely unnecessary.
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This was the first of her books that I read. I couldn't put it down and sobbed shamelessly at the end. Very moving and very enlightening. Much better than the movie!
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What a great read. Different narrative voices give this book a rich mixture of perspectives. All narrators are beievable in their own right.
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Just another great story by Jodi Piccoult.
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I loved this novel. It was the first Jodi Picoult novel I read. I really found the basis for the book to be enthralling. I liked most of the characters, but I felt Sara's character fell a little flat. The ending was not something I ever saw coming, but nonetheless it really kept me thinking long after I had finished the last page and searching for more books by Picoult.
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This is the book that started my Jodi Picoult obsession!! I love her books and this one was def a page turner, I read it all in one day I couldn't put it down. I love books that read like you know what they're going to do but don't do it, it always keeps me coming back for more!!
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Wow, what a book this is. It was the first of Jodi Picoult's that I've read and it was wonderful!! The story is told to us through all of the characters in the book, giving us each person's perspective through their own words. It definitely made the story stand out and gave it great meaning. This one is on my top 10 list for sure!!
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I just finished reading this book and am still a little weepy. I stayed up late three nights, reading until my eyes burned and have no regrets about lost sleep. Jodi Picoult gives every member of the family their own voice and never waivers. Even without the names at the beginning of each chapter it would be easy to figure out which family member was speaking. Some people have complained about the multiple POVs but I would've liked to get a couple more, like the judge or Sara's sister. Very touching and heart-wrenching to watch Anna struggle to become her own person at the expense of her sister. Some parts dragged a bit and I skimmed to get back to the meat of the book but all in all a great read. I would recommend this book to friends and plan to mail in to a girlfriend as soon as possible.
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Good bk, but like a lot of Jodi Picoult's bks I felt that the ending was a little far fetched.
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this is a story that makes you think and question what you would do in that situation. good story though.
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My first Picoult book. Loved it! It caused me to started getting all her books and I found the next one to be a disappointment compared to this one. This books keeps you engrossed, has you rooting for some of the characters and seething over others. The shocking end made me go back & re-read it several times as I just couldn't believe that's how it was going to end. Truly an excellent read.
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One of THE BEST books I've read in a long time. An ethical dilemma with catastrophic consequences. It will make you rethink your position on several topical issues. What WOULD you do??
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Definitely one of Picoult's best! This book really makes you think about what you would do in that situation. The end was a little unexpected and very sad. Read it with a box of tissues!
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Not my favorite by Picoult. The ending was a real cop out
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Overall, this was an enjoyalbe read. The ending, however, left much to be desired. I invested too much emotion into this one for a cop-out like that.
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Excellent read. Kept me guessing -- never saw the ending coming. Also kept me thinking "what would I do" in the characters place.
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Anna files a lawsuit against her parents for medical emancipation. She was conceived in order provide a genetic match for her sister with leukemia. All her life she has medically been on the beckon call for donations when her sister's health failed. Now, when her sister needs a kidney, Anna wants out, even though it means her sister may die.

Jodi Picoult does an excellent job of talking and relating experiences through the eyes of each character in her book, making you feel like you know them well. You understand the buden each of them faces as her story unfolds. Because of this, she takes you on the incredible roller-coaster journey involving current ethics questions, like stem cell research and genetics, facing us today. This is the first Picoult book I have read, but it won't be my last.
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My advice on reading this book is to stop five chapters before the end. Up until then, it shapes up to be a pretty good story, maybe a little long-winded and slow-paced in the beginning, but with interesting and engaging characters and some actual drama outside of the main plot, all of which comes together quite nicely . . . as I said, five chapters from the end.

Without giving too much away, the ending is entirely unnecessary. Why? Because she had me. She had me feeling invested in the characters and the situation. Picoult is a good writer and a good storyteller, and in my opinion, she completely cheapened an otherwise good story with an ending designed to jerk an emotion out of you. Instead, though, it jerked me out of the world of the story. It didn't even read like the same book anymore. I can't go into too much detail without spoiling the book, so I'll just say that it was a strong story up until that point, and then the last five chapters completely ruined it for me.
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Another intriguing story of Ms. Picoult. Anyone interested in stem cell research should read this book. It is a great story looking at what can happen when stem cells from one child can be used to treat another child............and a huge surprise ending that I didn't see coming!
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First of all, this is a very great book. It is a heart wrenching, tear jerking novel about the love of a sister, and a family, and the sacrifices you are willing to make for them. It has a COMPLETELY different ending than the movie, though, just so you know. Still a great book though.
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An amazing but heart wrenching story, and even though it's over 400 pages long it was a quick read that I didn't want to put down.
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This book was incredibly moving, and almost impossible to put down once I started it. I definitely plan to read Picoult again.
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This was an amazing book an dI am not usually a Jodi Picoult fan, but the twist at the end was heart wrenching and beautiful in the same instant. I wholeheartedly loved this book.
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I am not a reader that often cries while reading a novel, but the book, "My Sister's Keeper", had me almost weeping. I found myself becoming very involved with each character, as if this were family. Having had a sick child I did identify with the parents, although in comparison, my child's illness was curable, but nonetheless, it does, tear apart a family. This book was amazing, and I look forward to reading another Jodi Picolt novel.
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This was a very well written book and the Jodi Picoult did a great job writing from the point of view of the different characters. She switched which character was "speaking" every chapter. It touched on a lot of different emotions and although I was more towards one side throughout the whole book, I found myself able to relate with the opposition and see where they were coming from as well. My only complaint is that the ending was terrible. I won't spoil it by saying exactly what happens but I found myself very let down. I had been planning to see the movie after reading the book, but that ending spoiled it. Since then I have heard that the ending of the book is quite different from the ending of the movie. I am usually annoyed by this, but I think in this case it actually makes me consider seeing the movie
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Jodi Picoult delivers an amazing story once again. This book had me laughing one moment and crying the next. I felt completely attached to the characters just a few pages in. The story made me appreciate my family so much more. Highly recommend.
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Oh wow, what a page turner! Picoult is such a great author and writes about life changing topics in such an exceptional way. This book is a tear jerker and makes you "feel". You create empathy for all the characters in this book. This book was another one of hers that was extremely hard to put down. It ends in a way that is so unexpected. I highly recommend this book to read!
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What a conflict between what is right & wrong for your children. You will find yourself wanting to side with BOTH sides. A great read with an unexpected ending.
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So far this is my favorite book by this author. The emotions she is able to pull out is incredible. She makes you care about every character. I especially love that each chapter of this book is written by a differnt character. Keep your tissues close while you read this one!!!
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Having had a daughter who was very sick, in and out of the hospital alot, this book was very interesting to me, because it made me remember what our family's life was like then, and I cried with this story, remembering so much that I had forgotten. I felt their pain and understood their actions, although, the ending very much surprised me. Really good book! Would definitely recommend to others to read!
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Anna Fitzgerald is the youngest of three children - conceived to be a bone marrow donor for her older sister, Kate - who from the age of two, has battled a rare form of leukemia. All her life, Anna has never questioned her role in the family as Kate's bone marrow match. By the age of thirteen, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that Kate can somehow fight the leukemia and eventually achieve remission. Like most teenagers, Anna has begun to question who she really is - as her own person and as a valued member of her family. So, Anna makes a decision that for most would prove unthinkable, a decision that will surely tear her family apart and could prove to be potentially fatal for the sister she loves so dearly.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It took me a little while to get in to the plot, but once I did, I found My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult to be incredibly poignant. I think that I may have enjoyed this book just slightly more than Change of Heart, which was also extremely thought-provoking in its own right. I give My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult a definite A+! and am looking forward to reading my next book by this author sometime in the very near future.
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If you have never read a Jodi Picoult book, read this one. She's an excellent author and, in my opinion, this is her best work!
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This book was great! The best book I've read all year!
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My favorite Picoult book so far. This book, like most of hers, really make you think about what you might do in the position of the characters and feel for them all whether you agree with them or not. I also love an author who isn't afraid to throw in a curve ball for the last chapter. Highly recommended!
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I laughed, I cried, I told everyone I know to read it.
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This was a wonderful story about the deep bond between sisters, and how a family copes with terminal illness. I absolutely loved the story!
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I just finished this book and am still crying over it. The ending was not what I expected at all. Overall the story was gripping and I couldn't put the book down, I finished it in less than 24 hours. It doesn't take a lot of concentration but still holds one's attention. This would definitely be one of the books I put in a "do not read in public" pile, unless you don't mind randomly breaking into tears on a plane :).
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This was my first book by Picoult to read and it has gotten me hooked. A very touching story that pulls you in and keeps you reading. I felt so many different emotions when reading it. The ending left me in tears.
A must read for anyone, man or woman.
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If you've never read Picoult before, I highly recommend this book. She is an amazing author who writes in such a way that the characters become three-dimensional because you learn so much about them and the way that the chapters are laid out keeps you omniscient of events in the story. She manages to have two stories that become intertwined in this book as a result of one family's decision to go to extreme measures to save a daughter from cancer.

Sometimes, I wanted to feel sorry for Sara, the mother, but I just couldn't because it came down to her being a selfish person until it was too late. Though it's admirable she refuses to give up hope and accept inevitable death for one child, the pain she causes both daughters in order for Kate to live leads to a dramatic action by Anna. With Sara, it's always about what she wants in order to keep, who is obviously, her favorite child alive and so she ignores the true needs of all of them in order for herself to play the martyr.

The father, Brian, ends up being nearly as bad, though he has his moments of empathy with all his kids, in some of the decisions he makes in order to try to keep his family together. And the brother, Jesse, is almost understandable in the anger that he projects at having felt ignored and helpless though he expresses it in an awful way. As for the sisters, you can feel the love that they have for each other while at the same time wishing for a normal life.

It's a story that made me feel like my heart was compressed in my chest as I read and laughed and cried as I felt the anger, hurt, love and sacrifice within its pages.
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Thus far I have read 2 of Picoult's books..they were good, nota amazing.... then came along this one, and i am left pleasantly surprised. This story kept my reading every available second. She really gets into the minds of all involved. The ending, like all Picoult books, has a twist and i was left with a lump in my throat long after the book was done. I highly recommend this Picoult book.
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This was a powerful and phenomenal book. One of the best I have read in a long time. The writing is wonderful and you feel a connection to all the characters in the book. It is one of those books that there is no bad guy or good guy, it is just people trying to do what they think is best. This is a must read.
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I found this book easy to read because of the short chapters, engaging because of the plot, and a page turner because of the various perspectives represented by each character. I really enjoy books where each chapter is in the point of view of different characters, and this book was well done. I found myself often disliking the mother, yet I could sometimes appreciate her goals when reading the flashbacks. It was an emotional read, and I was definitely bawling in the end.
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This book is amazing. If you love a good tear jerker than i highly recoomed this book with a box of Puff Plus
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I was so disappointed with this book, but every other reader tells me that it was their favorite. It was recommended to me and I thought it would be a good read, but it wasn't. It might be for you though.
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If you've never read Picoult before, I highly recommend this book. She is an amazing author who writes in such a way that the characters become three-dimensional because you learn so much about them and the way that the chapters are laid out keeps you omniscient of events in the story. She manages to have two stories that become intertwined in this book as a result of one family's decision to go to extreme measures to save a daughter from cancer.

Sometimes, I wanted to feel sorry for Sara, the mother, but I just couldn't because it came down to her being a selfish person until it was too late. Though it's admirable she refuses to give up hope and accept inevitable death for one child, the pain she causes both daughters in order for Kate to live leads to a dramatic action by Anna. With Sara, it's always about what she wants in order to keep, who is obviously, her favorite child alive and so she ignores the true needs of all of them in order for herself to play the martyr.

The father, Brian, ends up being nearly as bad, though he has his moments of empathy with all his kids, in some of the decisions he makes in order to try to keep his family together. And the brother, Jesse, is almost understandable in the anger that he projects at having felt ignored and helpless though he expresses it in an awful way. As for the sisters, you can feel the love that they have for each other while at the same time wishing for a normal life.

It's a story that made me feel like my heart was compressed in my chest as I read and laughed and cried as I felt the anger, hurt, love and sacrifice within its pages.
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Sooo much better than the movie!
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This has to be one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The book has touched every possible emotion a parent can feel. It has been a long time that I wished a book wouldn't end just because the writing was so powerful.
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This book is really a wonderful glace at the kind of choices a parent / family face's occasionally, when you have so much going on in every direction with a serious illness. This book defintely re-assured me that our family has done a wonderful job, coping with our own daughter's illness's , and having our 3 other children as well. My own daughter has passed away just over 10 monthes ago , and this book has helped me to know I did thing's right by her. This book was very hard to read but very theraputic for me as well, just as I hoped.

Kathi
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This was my FIRST Jodi Picoult book, found luckily in a used bookstore...I was afraid of getting into a "hyped author" but this book was absolutley great (and i am now a JP fan)...such a good story about a girl whose sole purpose in life (choice not hers) is to keep her sick sister alive. I love how each chapter was in a different character's voice....the end will blow you away!
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This is my favorite book by Jodi Picoult. This is a GREAT read and I couldn't believe the twist at the end!
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GREAT book
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This book is without a doubt the best book I have ever read in my entire 22 years of life. And I read alot, probably atleast 4 books a week. I know alot of people are upset about the ending of this book, and I was too, but it is something you would never ever suspect. WONDERFUL BOOK!
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This was the first Jodi Picoult novel I read. It was very moving, so much so that I finished it in two days. The different storyline is so unique that you grow very attached to this novel. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a moving novel that will leave a lasting impression on them.
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Awesome book. The first I have read from Picoult, have read many more since, but this is her best. A tear jerker at times, but great read.
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WOW! It is a wonderfully written book. I could have used a whole box of tissues!
My heart ached and made me think of my own 7 children and life in general.
The ending was something I never saw coming.
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One of Picoult's best. I really like the way she weaved the lives of the characters together. Easy to read but thought provoking at the same time.
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I loved this book. Very emotional and the topic is very controversial. You see the many viewpoints of each character in the novel and the demons that they struggle with. First book that I have actually shed a tear over in a very long time!
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My absolute favorite JP book, made me stop and really consider what I would do if this happened to me and my family. Very insightful and emotional.
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I think this is one of the best books I have ever read. I cried at the end.
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Great book. Keep some tissues handy.
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By far my favorite novel by Picoult that i have read thus far. A great novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat.
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This book was excellent. It makes you think about hard to make decisions some people have to make and some situations aren't really black and white. Highly reccommend!
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I've always been a fan of Jodi Picoult's ability to take a current event or moral question and handle it with such finesse. She doesn't disappoint with My Sister's Keeper, the story of a young girl named Anna who was created - literally - to be a perfect genetic match for her sister, who is battling one bout of cancer after another. After suffering through many procedures right by her sister's side, Anna finally and inexplicably puts her foot down and refuses to give her sister a life-saving kidney transplant. The legal questions abound: Does Anna have the right to refuse? The moral questions are even worse: Does Anna have the right to make her own decision, even if it means tearing her family apart? The outcome of the legal and moral situation isn't nearly as shocking as the final pages of the book, where Picoult takes a turn I never saw coming.

As a mother, this book pulled me in many different directions. As a sister, it made me question that I would do if, God forbid, I was ever asked to give as much as Anna had. When I reached the end of the book, I had a good cry. This is book worth reading.
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This book is amazingly well written. I usually find that I guess the ending half way through a book but with this one you never knew what was coming and the ending was a complete surprise. Make sure you have the kleenex at the ready as throughout the book you'll find the tears flowing. An absolute must read book, I literally could not put it down.
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This is one of the best novels I have ever read. It is very touching and extremely inspiring. Both I and my daugther have read this and both absolutely loved it. This book is a must read.
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Amazing story where there is no right and wrong. Questions how we think about our children