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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 4017 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
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: 16
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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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
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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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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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: 4
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'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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Helpful Score: 3
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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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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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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Helpful Score: 3
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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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
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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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 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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Helpful Score: 3
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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Helpful Score: 2
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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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surprising ending. gut wrenching. wonderful. Jodi Picoult's best in my opinion.
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I had high hopes for this book due to it's unusual premise and controversial topic, but the writer took the easiest possible way out and you can see the "surprise" ending from a mile away. In pitch darkness. In a blizzard.
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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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Not my favorite by Picoult. The ending was a real cop out
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Very good book. My first jodi picoult book so far. Look forward to reading more.
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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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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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This book was one of Piccoult's greatest. Right down to the end this book had me captivated. Great read!!
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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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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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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 the book. It is an excellent example of outstanding use of characterization. I would rarely pick up a pink book, but to not judge it by its cover, I picked it up in an airport. Its ending was exactly what I expected, but it has some great twists!
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very sad..but good 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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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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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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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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Loved the book. would recommend it to everyone to read.
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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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I was so angry at the mom in this book...until the ending. Heartrenching, impossible choices for loved ones to make! Unexpected twists as usual. Great read!
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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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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 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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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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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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Powerful novel about the love amongst family. Jodi Picoult has done it again. Be prepared to think.
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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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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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This was the first Picoult book I have read. It is a deeply emotional book, that has the reader contemplating how dealing with tragedies affect each member of the family--sometimes in conflicting ways. Very good story.
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Excellent book. Extremely interesting subject matter - one that will be in our society more in the future. Easy, interesting read.
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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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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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This was the first book by Ms. Picoult that I read, and it was fabulous! Not what I expected at all, with a many layered view into the dynamics of a family in a very unusual situation. The conclusion of the story took me totally by surprise, while at the same time left me with a feeling of satisfaction. Great book!
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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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Excellent book, got me hooked on Jodi Picoult. Her ability to take social occurences/tragedies and wrap them into fiction is remarkable.
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Wow!!... This was my first Picoult book and I can't wait to read more. Jodi Picoult does such an excellent job of developing the characters. I actually felt like I knew this family and could feel their pain. I didn't anticipate the ending though, that caught me completely off guard...I highly recommend "My Sister's Keeper"
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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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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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I just finished this book - I read it in less than a week, which is very quick for me. It was a great read, the kind you don't want to put down! It has made me want to read more of Jodi Picoult's work - I think she's a phenomenal writer.
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This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It takes a controversial subject and humanizes it. The ending will blow you away.
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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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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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Great book! Good character development and a crazy twist at the end that is upsetting but seems to fit at the same time. Could not put it down.
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This was an amazing book. I loved that you could see the perspective of each character and really get to feel the motivations behind their actions. Each character grows through the book and with each glimpse into their thoughts, you are allowed a little further in. This book really touches on difficult issues and you really understand each side and it is difficult to decide what you would do in each of their shoes.
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Great book. Keep some tissues handy.
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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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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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Absolutely one of her best! This book will clutch your heart and challenge your brain. It is witty and wise and a must read. I'm glad I did.
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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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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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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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Excellent novel by Jodi Picoult. I couldn't put it down! I enjoyed the way she explored each individual character and told the story through each of their eyes.
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 is the first book by Jodi Picoult I've read and I must say it was an easy read. I finished the second half in one night because I couldn't wait to find out the ending. My Sister's Keeper is extremely sad and thought provoking. Great book club selection since there are good issues for discussion.
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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.

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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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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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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!
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My first read by Jodi Picoult and made me in instant fan. Took a while to get used to her writing style but worth the initial struggle.
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A compelling, thought-provoking book. Jesse and Anna's characters are particularly well-written.
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Jodi Picoult is currently my favorite author, and this was the first book of hers that I read. Her books are about current ethical issues and she does her research well. The ending was very shocking to me.
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This may be my favorite book. I loved how you could read from almost every character's point of view. It kept me guessing until the very end.
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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 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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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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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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Amazing story where there is no right and wrong. Questions how we think about our children's birth order, addresses all those "what if" one of my children is sick questions, and shows just how far a parent will go to protect their children.
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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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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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This is the best J.P. book I've read. I thought it was wonderfully written and had a great ending.
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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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Great book! Loved the relationships and the way a family reacts to one child's illness. In typical Picoult fashion, there is way too much info about random subjects: fire fighting, astronomy, etc. The ending was a cop out, but there was no easy way out of this topic. Definitely recommend this one.
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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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this is a story that makes you think and question what you would do in that situation. good story though.
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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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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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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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The Audio Book version of this book is very entertaining as it uses a full cast - every character is voiced by a different actor - Anna, Sarah, Julia, Campbell, Brian - all fully fleshed out. So many reviews have discussed the plotline that I don't need to go over it again. Some people like the ending and some think it ruins the story.

Unfortunately, I was listening to the ending of this book while on my way to work and arrived in tears. If you think that it's sad reading, it's much more devastating hearing the last few chapters read aloud.

A touching book with a interesting concept and plot.

Recommended as an Audio Book.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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I laughed, I cried, I told everyone I know to read it.
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This book was great! The best book I've read all year!
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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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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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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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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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GREAT book
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Awesome book
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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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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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Good book little confusing! Jumps around a lot but give it 2 thumbs up. Very sad!
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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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Jewels of wisdom flow from the mouth of this child! Great reading.
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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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Beautifully written, true Jodi Picoult style. This story will make you appreciate what you have.
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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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I gave it a shot.. I read about 100 pages and I just couldn't get into it. It seems like it would be a great story, but I guess just not for me.
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Just another great story by Jodi Piccoult.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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I read this book cover to cover in one sitting because I could not put it down. The premise is heartbreaking from the first page - parents decide to have a baby who will genetically match their sick daughter so she can get a much needed cancer treatments.

At 13, the younger daughter is finally pushed to the breaking point when she finds out she must undergo yet another proceedure to help keep her 16 year old sister alive. She hires a lawyer so she can sue her parents for medical independence.

The book alternates through the viewpoints of everyone involved - the family members, the lawyer, and the family advocate. No one is happy and secrets come out as the case goes to trial.

I thought this book was beautifully written. I cried throughout and the ending is amazing. What would have been a convenient plot device in another author's hands becomes perfection in Picoult's writing.

Have tissues near by and enjoy!
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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 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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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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Great book, but a bit depressing (that's what I expected though!). If you like Jodi Picoult, this book will not disappoint.
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This book was the most thought provoking book I have ever read.
It has a suprise ending.
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This is a great Jodi Picoult book. It's a great read with a twist at the end.
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I really enjoyed this book. They way it was written through each characters point of view was really intriging and interesting. I was dissapointed at the end a little but that is just by opinion. It's a great read.
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Picoult takes what could easily become a six-hanky Hallmark Movie of the Week and manages to create a powerful and heartbreaking story about a family shattering from the strains of caring for a terminally ill child, and sets it against a subplot involving an attorney who has decisions of his own to make.
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I couldn't put this book down. I really felt true sorrow for the characters in this book. Jodi Picoult did an excellent job of raising a true controversial issue in the text of one families journey going through it.
Imagine you were conceived to make sure your sister stayed alive.....you may not react as everyone expects.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult...she never disappoints! One of the most shocking endings yet!
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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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I loved this book. The book is totally better than the movie. The movie is totally different. If you watched the movie you HAVE to read the book. You'll need a box of tissues.
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This book is about reflection on life, illness, morality and limits. Surpassed me in its own way incredibly moved and touched. This book affects deeper layers of human nature. Presented here is a girl (Anna), who is in a dramatic situation. She is a perfect match to be a donor to her sick of leukemia sister. Anna decides to fight for their rights- the right to make her own decisions on the disposal of her body. It is not easy, because Anna is a child who is torn between her own harm, and the love of parents and siblings. Anna is the hero of ancient tragedy- whatever she chooses it will be bad ... Very touching and captivating novel.
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I saw the movie before I read the book (Something I rarely ever do) I was extremely impressed with the movie, it was riveting and emotional. I loved it. I started to read the book, and even though i feel like I had to push myself to get through some parts, i kept reading. The last 40 or so pages, were incredible. Mostly being the last 10 pages were as emotional as it gets. And after I cried, I got angry. How could they change the ending like that? (Excuse me if you have not read the book yet. i won't say how the endings differ). Changing small plot lines is one thing, but this was major And it royally ticked me off! The book ending had so much passion, meaning, feel to it. It was amazing. I just couldn't believe Jodi Picoult let them do that to the ending. Given, I was completely impressed with the book - I loved it. But, I'm still really ticked about them changing the ending because this ending was a thousand times better.
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I think that with all the hype behind this book, my expectations were higher than they should have been. It took me quite a while to get into this book. I forced myself to continue reading it because I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie so that I could compare the two. I have to say that once I got over halfway into the book I did not want to put it down. Now it is time to see the movie.....
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Jodi Picoult dazzles in this winding tale of love, sickness, and family strife. Truly one of my favorite books.
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Great book. I love the different perspectives!
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My Sister's Keeper changes viewpoints with each chapter. Since I wasn't a fan of the mom, whenever the mom's chapter rolled around I would find myself hesitant to read it. Jodi Picoult obviously writes this way for a reason; she wants the reader to empathize with all of her characters.
Incredibly shocking ending!!
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This book makes you think about your family. Made me cry.
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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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This is the second Jodi Picoult book that I have ever read. I enjoy her writing style and how she shows many peoples points of view. However this story was just ok to me. I hated the mother and the older brother. The ending I was very surprised at though. All in all the book did not live up to my expectations.
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I thought this book was very good but I think it would have been better for me if I had not heard so many people rave about it. My expectations are always too high when people do that.
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This book had all the elements that make Jodi Picoult one of the best modern author: an engrossing controversial story with an ending you'll never see coming. What made me like this book better than the other Picoult books I read was that the teenagers were as morally devoid as they have been in other books.
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A gripping story. A fictional page-turner that address controversial issues. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest story. I like this story a lot and gave it a 4.5! This story has been made into a movie and now in theaters.
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great story of a families stuggle with a sick child. has agreat surprise ending, my favorite book.
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very current topic with medical genetics therapy.
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Controversy and heartbreak surrounding a child that believes she was "bred" to be a donor and life-saver for her sister. Picoult does a fantastic job of storytelling once again. The story bounces around from different characters perspectives, which normally I don't like but Picoult's style of doing this in her books really adds to the telling of the tale. You learn to like and dislike characters not only from what unfolds in the story but how you learn of them through their point of view.
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Wow! This is the first book I have read by Jodi Picoult and I was very impressed! I will be reading many more. This was one of the most thought provoking books I have read, it kept my attention from the beginning and I never wanted to put it down! The ending was very surprising.
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This is the second book I have read by Jodi Picoult (Second Glance was the first), and I think I comprehend the Jodi PiCULT now, another PHENOMENAL book. I'm ready to read everything she has written lol... This book was divided into chapters by which character's voice she was writing in. The book flew because you felt like you we hearing a bunch of different conversations about the unenviably difficult challenge that faced this family, a child with cancer; but so much more... HIGHLY recommend!
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Wonderful! You will need a box of tissues when you read.
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My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult

Contemporary Fiction

In an effort to save one of its own a Rhode Island family has lost its identity and way. The story revolves around Kate who has rare form of cancer and the effort to keep her alive by her family. However, the care and medical attention needed depends on the youngest child in the family, Anna. Her birth gave new life to her sick sister. Anna is a perfect genetic match to Kate. Anna has given everything to Kate from blood to bone marrow. Anna is told that she will give her kidney to her sister. However, Anna does not want to continue to be a guinea pig any longer. She decides that her parents have to look out for all their children not just Kate. Anna will take them to court if she must. This sets the stage for "My Sister's Keeper".

Jodi Picoult is a unique writer. Each chapter is from a different character's perspective making the story anything but onesided. Picoult reminds me of Alice McDermott.

Reading the book feels like sitting at a dining room table at a dinner party. Each guest taking a turn to tell you their side of the story.
What worked magnificently
The book as a whole works quite well. By changing the perspective every chapter the reader is allowed a full profile of the entire story. By employing this device Picoult allows you as the reader to be completely entrenched in the plotline.

All of the characters are believable but Sara who is the mother never is able to connect with me. I don't know if that was by design but it was disappointing that such a pivotal character never had an impact on me as the reader.

Picoult is the standard bearer for contemporary fiction today. She is the suthor of this generation.

Many consider "My Sister's Keeper" as the definitive Picoult novel. I disagree. This book is a wonderful read and I highly reccomend it. However, I think Picoult's "Nineteen Minutes" is her best work.
What books are most similar to this book?
As I mentioned earlier Alice McDermott and her novels have some similarities to Piccoult's work. Tom Perrotta and Alice Sebold are two contemporaries of Picoult that have the ability to make their characters part of your life.

If you like this book, you will probably like....
"The Appeal" by John Grisham or "The Abstinence Teacher" by Tom Perrotta or "That Night" by Alice McDermott

If you hate this book, you will probably like....
"Coma" by Robin Cook and "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
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wow. another great read from this author
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This is a long one (over 300 pages), but I read it in about a day and a half. Very well written, very fast paced, and a tear-jerker throughout. Absolutely wonderful.
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I liked this book. Wasn't my favorite I've ever read, however... It presents a troubling dilemma that I haven't forgotten, PLUS I don't have the answer to. That's the mark of a good book. The twist that comes later in the book seemed a little too convenient, but did take me by surprise. #1. This book makes you think. #2. You remember the story and characters.
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This is a true story which a movie was made from it this past Summer. There are some words that I did not like being used in this book but over all this will move you to tears. It is a heartwarming story.I read the book first then went to see the movie. Be prepared to do some crying.
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This story is so interesting because you can sympathise with every character and it is truly impossible to take sides.
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Could not put this down. Had to find out how it ended.
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Wow! I totally was not expecting to cry when reading this book, but there they were! unexpected tears for the unexpected twist in the story> Good book!
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Such a touching book with an unepected ending!
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Really engaging story about a thirteen-year-old girl who was conceived in order to help her sister survive leukemia. She sues her parents for medical emancipation, which her mother says is signing her sister's death certificate. The twists in the story catch you completely off-guard. I have attention problems and yet I was throughly focused throughout this book, reading it in under 2 weeks(unheard of for me). I highly recommend this book. It is not just "chick-lit" either. It is about a highly-controversial topic that makes you ask yourself the question of 'What would I do'?
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Gripping and, at times, difficult to read. Couldn't put it down, though. VERY thought provoking!
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The book is good and very well written, however, I found the movie to be better than the book; too much sweet drama in the book
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I have a love/hate relationship with this book. First, the way the book is formatted kind of makes it confusing. Each chapter is from the perspective of a character and some chapters are real short, others are long. This makes the book choppy in areas and I feel like it disrupts some important parts.

Second, I have a problem with Anna's parents. I can somewhat understand where they are coming from but when their daughter is born as a "spare parts baby" it turned me off.

The ending really shocked me. I was not expecting it. Overall it's a decent read. I wish I would have read the book a long time ago before the movie came out.
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Just FANTASTIC. So far, my favorite Picoult book. The way she presents each characters thoughs & feelings is just unbelievable. Make sure you have a box of tissues for the ending.
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Intriguing premise, but around halfway through, the characters became "movie of the week" predictable and I did a speed reading through to the end to see who lived and who died.
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Wonderfully written. Great book. Was very happy with the story line.
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FANTASTIC! I loved every single page of this book. I loved the style, the format, the content. The author allowed me to capture every characters' thoughts and personalities with ease. The story line was so compelling, and might I add....the ending: WOW. Just, wow! I will force this book upon all of my relatives, it is too good to not be read by everyone.
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My daughter read this for a school summer reading project. She really liked it and had a few tears to prove it.
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Very good book! I recommend reading it :)
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Grab your kleenex before you start this incredible book. It tells of a family's struggle to come to grips with the looming death of one child and the rebellion of another. You won't want to put it down once you get into it, I promise!
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Great ethical dilemma story. I enjoyed the story being told from each characters' point of view. Good ending I thought!
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A good read about family dynamics, especially when illness is in the mix. It is a book that brings into the conversation the struggles that families and people in general have to go through to balance what's right for one person versus the whole family. A true moral challenge. I found it a little hard to get into at first (even put the book down for a couple of months and then went back to it), and it was sometimes hard to follow with the story skipping around to the different characters, but I eventually got into it and enjoyed the story. It was interesting to see the different perspectives of the different charactors. Overall, I liked this book, the story was well told and I would recomend it to anyone who is interested in the study of people and families... A good read.
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This was a book of firsts for me. The first I've read by this writer, the first that I've wanted to write a letter to the author, the first that has made me want to read everything this woman has ever written. And the first book that I've ever written a review on.
I loved this book, it is fast moving, gut wrenching, it will make you think about your own values. There is not one character in this book that I don't identify with on some level. This could be a story about anyone's family. But thank God not your's or mine.
Read it and weep.
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I could not put this one down. The constant battle for independence for both sisters was brillantly displayed. And then the ending pulled everything together even though it was unexpected.
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This was an amazing book... I was really surprised with how it ended, but it was fitting. Be sure to keep a box of kleenex around!
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This is a rivetting story of a difficult choice made by one sister. A story about a sister's love. A story about a sister's freedom to be herself. A story that you will not be able to lay down until you have finished reading it!
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great story...unexpected ending!! warm and funny andthought provoking.
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I LOVED this book. From the first page to the last, I was obsessed - I didn't want it to end, but when it did, what a surprise - My heart was so touched. I absolutely recommend this book. ENJOY!!
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I just had to have this so i bought a copy and snuggled down to what i knew would be a great read and was not dissappointed--it was fantastic. I have loved Ms Picoult's way with words since my first book of hers. Then i had a friend come over who had just read this novel and put it in my hands and say--"you have to read this book", i chuckled and told her i had already read it. She also liked it enough to refer it to someone else. I think if you like heartfelt stories you will enjoy this one. It is a bit of tears, alot of heart, and a beautiful story.
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Much better than the new movie. Jodi Picoult succeeded again.
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Amazing book. I couldn't put it down. The relationship between the two sisters,Kate and Anna, is priceless. Everyone NEEDS to read this book NOW! :)
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This was the first Jodi Picoult book I read ~ before I began to be familiar with her "formula". I was blown away. A real tear jerker.
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What a surprise. I saw the movie and enjoyed it and expected the same book. If you saw the movie, you will be totally surprised by the actual book. It's excellent and worth a second look. As usual Jodi Picoult does not disappoint.
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Probably the most tear jerking book I've read in a while. Imagine growing up knowing you were born as a "spare". Born to save the life of your sister. But trying to find her own life in the process takes her family down a road no parent wishes to tread. A coming of age story every parent should read.
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The book was great up until the cop out ending.
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This was one one of the most empowering and sad books I have ever read. Jodi Picoult is a master at bringing forth all the characters emotions in such a way that you are sure to feel them. She also writes in such a way as it seem like everything could have actually happened. I haven't got to see the movie yet but I do hope it wont be a let down after reading this wonderful book. I have ordered a couple more from her in hopes that they will be so good.
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I was not a fan of this book. I expected this to be interesting and heartfelt. But, in reality, I found the mother incredibly creepy. I mean, if I were her kid, I'd have sued for emancipation at age 5! On top of that, the ending was terribly done. I know this is fiction ... but, even in fiction, there should be a realistic continuity. The ending was so contrived, so unrealistic, and just terribly done all over. I honestly don't understand the hype surrounding this book.
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It's an easy read with a twist at the end. It's heart-warming in places and brutally honest in others. I liked this book, but didn't love it.
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This was a thought provoking, moving book. I enjoyed the read and was not ready for it to be over.
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My impression of the book summed up in one sentence: "The mother got everything she ever acted like she wanted and I hope it destroyed her."
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This book was so goo all the way through and then came the ending! The ending was a big cop-out for me - didnt like it all. My sister said she loved the ending and that it was perfect so maybe its just me???
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This was an incredibly moving story, with characters that were very real and heart-felt. I cried several times. Though I thought I would have difficulty with the story as I have children of my own, I acutally found myself feeling very blessed. Heart-wrenching with an uplifting ending.
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This book left me reeling....just spinning. I just could not believe the way this book just SMACKED me at the end. This is a book that I will not forget. This was the first Jodi Picoult novel that I read, but it definitely will not be the last. Simply amazing in so many different ways. All I can say is "WOW!"
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This was a wonderful book - WAY better than the movie! I'm glad I read the book before I saw the movie or I may not have read the book at all.
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This book was a page-turner. The way Jodi Picoult digs into this story is amazing.
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An AMAZING book!
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I saw the movie first, but they both stand on their own. I had not read anything by Picoult previously, but now I'm a fan. I just finished two other of her books and I'm hooked.
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Excellent Book
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Excellent story as always by this author.
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It has been a while since I read this book, but I thought it was just OK. I neither liked it or disliked it.
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This book brought me to tears. It is a story that hits home and touches your heart.
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This was a great book! It was an easy to read, captivating story that raises many questions concerning morality, legality, and medical ethics. It was by far one of the best books I have read this year.
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I love books that let you choose a side. This novel delves very deeply into the hearts of each character, especially the main protagonist, Anna, but doesn't force you to think one way or the other about their choices and beliefs.

The freedom of movement when reading it translated into an extraordinary exposition of the struggle to keep their daughter, Kate, alive and keep the peace as a family. What's the right choice for Anna to make? Should she give up her kidney because she loves her sister? Or is that just making her a harvesting ground for possible cures?

If you have seen the movie and enjoyed it, you will fall for this book a thousand times over. It blows the film out of the water.
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Have you ever had tears streaming down your face when you have finished a book? You will if you read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult this is the second book I have read by this author, and it has to be by far the most emotional book I have read this year, maybe ever.

My Sister's Keeper follows the emotional story of a family that has one daughter stricken with a very serious rare form of leukemia and the daughter that they genetically matched to be her donor. They also have the eldest son Jesse who is a rebel without a cause and the heart breaking core issue of, just how much is too much to ask a Sister to do?

In My Sister's Keeper we are forced to look at some serious and emotional issues is it right to genetically have a child to be another ones spare parts? It truly brings out the old English saying of an Heir and a Spare. Does that mean you love the child who is the donor any less? Does it mean that they should always feel obligated to give, give and give? Who is the selfish one the child who keeps getting or the child who no longer wishes to give? And can you yourself honestly answer any of these questions yourself in Black and white.

The writing in this book is amazing; it pulls you into the story so that you can see the pieces fitting together. I can honestly see why this book was made into a movie, the storytelling is painted so well and so vivid you can't help but seeing it as a reel of movie film in your head. I went into this book knowing it was going to be emotional and sad, and I came out with tears on my face and not expecting the ending that came. I will recommend this book to anyone I know who reads, and even those who don't.
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This was a very emotional book about family interaction during a crisis. Not the same as the movie at all.
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Anna is not sick, but she might as well be, by age 13 she had undergone countless surgeries, transusions and shots, so that her older sister,Kate can fight leukemia that has plagued her since childhood....this is a story of one family struggle for survival at all human cost and a stunning moral parable for all time... I will tell you it has a different ending than the movie...
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As a mother, I could see myself in the mother's shoes, doing whatever she could to save one of her daughters, even have another child to do that. But Jodi Picoult does an excellent job of showing the other side of that issue, from the perspective of the child born to save the sick child. After reading this book, it made me examine how I parent now and what would I do in that situation.
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My favorite novel to date......
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Excellent book, really makes you think about what decisions we make for our kids.
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I enjoyed this book, but I felt that it wasn't one of Jodi Picoult's best novels. I read the book and then watched the movie, and the movie was much more memorable to me than the book was.

There were parts that definitely had me crying, and the plot kept me thinking about my values and ethics.
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This is the best of all of Jodi Piccoult's books. I highly recommend this book. Especially if you have seen the movie. The book is 10 times better.
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Contemporary Medical/ Legal tale by Jodi Picoult. I've been wanting try a book by this author, and as a Medical Social Worker, I was intrigued by this storyline: Parents of a terminally ill child successfully plan to have a child who is genetically compatible with their sick child. What would that child's life be like? Anna is expected to donate marrow, platelets..whatever her beloved older sister needs. Anna's whole life is defined by what she can do for her sister. This book is compelling, extremely well written, intriguing. I read it in one day. This is an incredible book. And, I hate it. It's going to be a long time before I am brave enough to read another by Picoult.
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Tear jerker!!! Absolutely LOVED it. I love all Picoult books though. I think she is a heartfelt writer.
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Great Book!
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this book was an easy read, but very thought provoking. would recommend it to any parent or married couple thinking of having children. I enjoyed it very much
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I read this 418 page book in one day, during a fibro flare. It was an emotional and thought provoking work, leading to a beautiful and bittersweet ending. This is one of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend this to anyone who has some heartstrings that need tugged or wants to make use of a rainy day in bed.
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I would say I so-so like this book up to the ending. I found the ending very sad and bleak. I really felt sorry for Ana character and felt the ending did no justice to her. I actually liked the movie better. Overall I would say read but know the ending is completely different from the book. Another thing I didn't care for was the whole Campbell, Juila part. I really wanted to skip that part but felt if I did I would be missing something.
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I found this to be a difficult novel to read, both because of Kates illness and the situation that Anna finds herself in. Ive seen the movie, so I kind of knew the story already, and it was still a very sad book. I found myself asking, over and over, what would I do in this situation?

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Very good novel full of complex medical drama. Loved the twist ending, made perfect sense.
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Excellent read! Great for book club discussions. I enjoyed it very much.
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This was a great book. I'm not usually one for sickness and sappiness, but it was really touching.
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All sides of the story were very well represented. Enjoyable, well written, if not disturbing.
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This was an amazing book! Definitely a tear jerker, with a completly unexpected ending! Different from the Movie!! I highly recommend this one.
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Gripping! An emotional read.
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Wonderful story, so much better than the movie.
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Great book!
Much better than the movie(of course)
The story is much different than the movie as well.
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This book was pretty good, just disappointed that the movie was different from the book. This book made me laugh and cry, I enjoyed reading this.
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Sad story, but overall great book.
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Enjoyed this very much. The narrators were very good and the ending was a big surprise. It touched my heart and made me realize how fragile life can be.
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Loved it.
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This is an incredibly stunning book. Her prose is so compelling that even though I cried through most of the book I could NOT put it down. Before I knew it hours had passed that only seemed like minutes. I would highly recommend this book even though it really is emotionally draining. Get out the tissues.
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I finished this book in 3 days (which is amazing considering the 4 kids/husband in the house!). I couldn't put it down! i loved the controversial issue, REAL characters and that it was written from each character's perspective. I want to read all of her books now!
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I thought this book was well written and totally kept my interest. I really enjoyed the plot and all the characters, though I thought the love story between Campbell and Julia was unnecessary. I loved how the author jumped from each character and gave them their points of view of the storyline, but thought how it ended was very predictable and unbelievable. It was a good story and I'm glad I read it, just didn't care for the ending.
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What a great idea for a story - and it could have been done so much better. Parts of this book were well done. I liked the different points of view, and liked the way this was visually indicated with different typefaces. However, we don't get to read the point of view of one character until very late in the story, and this kept me from connecting with her. Picoult does write well, she has the ability to craft some fine imagery. Sometimes this results in younger characters coming off as precocious, as sounding way too sophisticated for their ages.

Besides not connecting with a character, I also thought the subplot involving the lawyer and his high school sweetheart didn't bring much extra to the story. Encountering the person you fell in love with as a teenager and having those same feelings 10 or 15 years after the fact? So trite. Also, few people will be surprised by the "mystery" surrounding the lawyer. For a well-researched novel, there is a glaring error about one illness that involves a key plot point. I don't want to spoil things for you so I won't. Just be aware.

I never got the soul-searching I wanted from the mother in the story. Here's a woman who conceived one child to serve as spare parts for another. Creepy. She doesn't even name the child while she is in utero. What mother does this? She declares she has a great love for Anna but she never showed it - "show, don't tell" is one of the first lessons a writer learns. The subplot involving the brother resolved itself with too much ease. And the ending? Very manipulative, but I guess that's what you get from chick lit.
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First of the Jodi Picoult books I read - excellent!
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This book was fantastic! I never cry at books or movies, but this book had me in tears. It is a great page-turner, and I almost never put it down until I finished it. I am psyched to see the movie!
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The story line is good. But changing from person to person as the stry unwinds was getting a little old. My heart fell at the end of the book and tear filled my eyes. It is a very touching story.
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One of the best books I have ever read!
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This was a tear jerker! Written from many different character's points of view, it really showed all sides of a very difficult family situation. With one daughter sick with lukemia and another daughter as her perfect match donor this family has alot to handle, then throw in a troubled older brother, and a love story between 2 smaller characters & you've got one heck of a story! Easy to read with a surprise ending that is sure to make you gasp! I highly reccomend!
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My sister's keeper is the best book I have ever read. Engrossing, controversial, heart wrenching, and honest, it's no wonder Jodi Pilcout is a best selling author from this award winning novel. With excellent writing and such a realistic way of telling this dramatic and sad story, you'll feel like you can't put it down and that you know the characters and don't want to leave them at the ending... one of the most heart breaking parts of this book. If you have not read any of pilcoult's books, My Sister's Keeper or Harvesting the Heart are great firsts.
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This is my first Jodi Picoult book and chose to read it mostly due to the upcoming movie release. I did find this book very engaging. I like how you get the perspective of each character and delve into their histories to get a better understanding of where they are currently. I do agree with another review that there was quite a bit of time spent on the relationship between the lawyer and his ex and added very little to the plot. Not much time was spent on the brother and I would've liked to get to know his character more. Altogether, it was a page-turner for me and, being a mother myself, found myself emotionally involved.
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This is the first book that ever made me cry. Amazing and beautifully written, although I could have done without the love-story sideline. This book was a pleasure and I truly could not put it down!
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Awesome awesome book!
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Great book! Tear jerker!
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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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Wow - amazing book. I loved the story from all the characters' different perspectives.
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An emotionally charged account of one family's moral struggle between saving one child and losing another. When a verdict is reached, it seems that everything fits together too nicely. Every single character in the book is awarded exactly what they want, either from a judge's decision or a rather fortunate twist of fate. Until the surprise twist at the end which leaves everyone's lives in shambles.

Well written and though provoking although not too difficult to guess the ending.
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I have mixed feelings about this one. Insightful and heartbreaking look into the cruel world of cancer. Worth the time, yet I can say I have no desire to read it again. I will say it is WAY better then the movie.
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Like any good ethical issue, there are good arguments on all sides. The book is written in each perspective giving insight and value to each. Couldn't put this one down. The characters sit right down in your living room and tell their side of the story to you. What would you decide?
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What would you do to save your child. How about genetic enginering a another child. How would you feel if your life is denfined by the sibling who is dying. This novel explores this legal and moral issues. Each charcater has a chapter so you get all points of veiw. Its very powerful and heartbreaking. I recomend this novel
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This was my first Jodi Picoult, and I found this book very hard to put down. The story kept me thinking (much to the chagrin of my husband who had to deal with me posing the questions going through my head) about the ethical issues presented by modern science and by the idea of "who do you choose" when it comes to the well-being of your children? The story is about Anna, a 13 year old girl who hires a lawyer, Campbell Alexander, to sue her parents for medical emancipation. What is her motivation for doing this? She was essentially genetically engineered to be a donor for her older sister, Kate, who is suffering from a rare form of leukemia. At birth, Anna donated her cord blood, and later on she kept having to donate blood, bone marrow, etc., to help prolong her sister's life. She was never asked, it was just expected of her and it resulted in her not having a normal childhood- example, she couldn't go to a hockey camp because she would be away from her sister for too long. Now, she is put in a situation where her sister needs a kidney, and her mother wants Anna to donate hers since, due to Kate's illness, can't come from a regular donor. Anna loves her sister, they are best friends, but this decision is something that is truly difficult for both of them because they want different things.

Also caught up in this whole mess is Jesse, their older brother who is forgotten in the medical shuffle and finds other ways of expressing himself & releasing his anger, their firefighter dad who is so used to saving lives but can't save Kate and wonders if Anna might be right to bring this case to trial, and Julia, Anna's court appointed guardian, who needs to figure out what's best for Anna, but can't even figure out what's best for herself because Campbell was the guy who broke her heart in high school. Finally, there's Judge, Campbell's service dog who, to me, is symbolic of a few things, but it takes a very long time to find out what his service role actually is (Campbell gives a different answer every time someone asks). For some reason, I really liked the character of Campbell, perhaps because to me he's that Han Solo, bad boy type with a wisecrack for everything, but a soft side underneath.

Anyway, as others have stated, I didn't necessarily agree with the ending, but then again, like the issues the book presents, there really isn't a right way to end this book. As with the situation itself, it is what it is. It was a little confusing at first to have each chapter from a different character's POV, but you get over that really fast. All-in-all, I highly recommend this book. It is very engaging, hard to put down, and will make you think about a number of different medical & moral issues that you thought you knew the answers to.
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This book was so much better than the movie. Details that were glossed over on the screen were spelled out in details here. I did't want to put it down and the ending broke my heart! This book stayed pretty vivid in my mind for several days after reading it....there is so much that people take for granted and this book should tell all who reads it that no one knows the exact day or time they will die. Make sure you live everyday to the fullest. Really live your life!
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A book with unexpected turns that will constantly surprise you.
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NOT the ending I was hoping for but definitely worth the read!
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Very emotional read!
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excellent, riveting book!
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This book was recommended to me by a co-worker, was a little apprehensive to order and read it, glad I did, I truly enjoyed how Jodi Picoult started each chapter through all the characters eyes, so there wasn't one persons point of view throughout the book. I really made you think, and ask, what would you do, if you were any of these people. It's a good book!
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Jodi Picoult has a gift to be able to describe the human condition. This book was enthralling. The characters were likeable to the point you were worried about them. The situation felt real. I am a cancer survivor and could identify, and being a mother made my heart break a few times. I have never seen the movie so all i know is this book and it was outstanding as is all her books.
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Heart wrenching
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This book was wonderful and is one of my favorite books of Jodi Picoult. It is a page turner, however the movie was very sad and rather disappointing.
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I loved the development of characters in this book and the reality so full through out the story. If you have only seen the movie, READ the BOOK!
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Jodi Picoult's absolute best novel. The first Picoult I ever read & none other has been as good. I cried at the ending, a rarity for me to cry reading a book. Highly recommended, I'd give it 6 stars, not just 5. About a young girl whose very existence is for the purpose of saving her sister's life from cancer. Absolutely heart breaking, I loved every word.
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Very compelling story well told! The chapters rotate from different character's point of view, which makes for a more complete picture. I enjoyed the poetic phrases in her writing.
This is a difficult book for a parent to read, I simpathized with the parents in that I would do anything to save my child. Worth the emotional stress of getting thru the story anyway, as this story stretches you in the reading.
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Very moving book about two sisters... one who is chronically ill, and the other who is her sister's constant donor. The donor sister hires a lawyer to escape this unending assault on her "healthy" body. There is a surprise ending that will leave you thinking, "No, wait... what??" Really good... must read before seeing the movie!! Highly recommended.
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Jodi Picoult's books are very easy to read. She draws you into each of her characters and you begin to think you can see the 'issue' from the side of all characters. This one will break your heart, it's not a book you want to put down too often. A quick read.
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Awesome! I don't want to see the movie now because I know it wont even come close to being as good as the book.
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This is my favorite book. I couldn't put this book down. It's heartwrenching so expect to cry several times throughout the book. The book is so much better than the movie. The ending is unpredictable. I love that it Picoult writes in amoung the characters. I highly recommend this book!
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Really well written book about a family that seems believable, coping the best they can with a bad situation. The ending hits like a ton of bricks. The whole premise of the book really makes you think about the moral implications of some of the scientific advances we have today.
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I THOUGHT I knew generally what this book was about, but was in for a few surprises. The ending absolutely brought me to unexpected tears! The book is an easy read and I loved the author's writing style so much that I immediately ordered (thru PBS, of course) another book by Picoult. Highly recommend this book!
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I really loved this book! The character of Anna is what kept me reading on and on. I felt like I was right there beside her going through this whole ordeal! A must read! This was my first Jodi Picoult book and won't be my last.
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"My Sister's Keeper" deals with current medical/ethical and questions from several points of view and quite poignantly. It's a gripping story that I read in about 4.5 hours! I was actually crying at the end. The emotion of the story just doesn't let up and then at the end, Jodi Picoult throws in a twist (or two) that will make you gasp and then cry.

I appreciate the many sides of the issues that Ms.Picoult presents and how real her characters become. The issues are viewed not politically but as what they are, gut-wrenching, human issues. I'm dissapointed that because of mild language and sexual scenes I won't be able to use it in my middle school language arts classes. It would have given us some very good topics to discuss and write about.
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This book was extremely hard to put down! The ending disappointed me but none the less it was a brillant book!
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This book was riveting!! JODI TAKES YOU FOR A TURN YOU DIDN'T SEE COMING FROM 1,000,000,000 MILES-IF YOU ARE INTRESTED IN A LIGHT HEARTED BOOK ABOUT LOVE AND SACRIFICE THEN GET THE KLEENEX OUT-THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU, I LAUGHED AND CRIED OUT LOUD THROUGH OUT THE STORY!!
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This is the second Picoult book that I've read and I loved it - I couldn't put it down! Very thought provoking.
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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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I read this book years ago and recommend it to anyone I can. It is in my list of top 5 all time favorite books. Unfortunately, it was the first Jodi Picoult book I read and none of her others (and she's had some really good ones and really bad ones) have lived up to this book.

This was the first book I can remember reading from various character's perspectives and I found it fantastically interesting. Picoult's use of various fonts to set each character apart is brilliant. I felt instantly connected to Anna - really all of the characters. The story of a little girl fighting against the will of her parents to stop being a medical supplement for her dying sister is riveting and very thought provoking. I was often pulled in all directions based on whose perspective I was reading.

In no way will I give away the ending of the book which is by far the best ending to a book I have ever read. I literally had tears running down my face. Which leads me to my soap box and the movie of the same name - I was so mad when I left the theater and in awe that Picoult would allow the ending to be changed to the predictable ending that the movie-makers ended the movie with. Read the book - it puts the movie to shame!
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Touching, dramatic... excellent.
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Truly an incredible book, an emotional and memorable read that is extremely hard to put down.
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This book is incredibly good. It is hard to put down and is very intelligently written.
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An amazing book; a definite must read!
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Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Great book!
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AMAZING! A MUST READ! One of the best books I've ever read! I loved it, and you will too!
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An intense, emotional read. I couldn't put it down.
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A great book!!!
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I cried like a baby at the end. This is one of the most thought provoking books I've ever read. Raises a lot of questions that are going to be national debates in the not-too-distant future.
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This book was awesome and very difficult to put down. It defines the strong bonds between the sisters in the story and the what they will do or will not do for each other and the impact on the entire family.
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A very good storyteller and story.
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Moving, page turner, couldn't read it fast enough.
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This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed being allowed the different perspectives of each character, and being able to sympathize with each of them. The end came as a shock though!
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EXCELLENT BOOK. MADE ME CRY!
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Typical Jodi Picoult. The story is depressing but I couldn't put it down.
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This is one of the most amazing books I've read in a long time. Wow.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult. I couldn't put this one down!
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What would happen if you were conceived with the idea that you would be a bone marrow doner for your sister, who had lukemia since childhood. Thanks to you, you have had countless sugeries, transfusions and shots, just so your siter can live. Anna has never challenged this, until now. Anna makes a decision that will tear for family apart and might have fatal consequences for the sister she loves. This novel make some important ethical issues. A family struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning moral parable for all time.
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This is a tear-jerker. The topic is timely (a young girl was conceived specifically for the genetic match of her bone marrow). In the end, however, this is "chic lit". So, if you like to cry over your stories, this one's for you.
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excellent,moving if not heartbreaking story
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A very unusual look at sibling relationships and parent child relationships. How much is too much?
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this is my second book by this author and she continues to surprise!
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This is an intense read.Though fictional the subject of having a child to help another child may actually occur more often than we know.
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Excellent!! Very well written. This is my first book by this author. I can't wait to read her others.
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This was a really incredible book. I loved every minute of it.
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very good, surprising end.
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loved this book. i am addicted to jodi picoult.
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I never ended up reading this book yet but I know I eventually will because I love Jodi Picoult.
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led to interesting discussions at my book club, good characters and a controversial topic.
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As much as I liked the theme of the novel, and the emotional roller-coaster that its reading provides; I was not impressed with the writing style or the lack of artistry of the writer. It was however, an interesting read because of the questions it raises.
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This book touched my soul. It is about the love of two sisters and has a shocking ending. Really hated for it to end.
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I loved the author's style and the surprise ending. I think I have found a new author. Running to look for more of her books now.
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Very good book, but pretty sad. You definitely have to be in the right mood to read it.
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This is my favorite book so far from this year!
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Wonderful story. Really gets you thinking about some of the things life throws at you.
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Loved this book! Very engaging read with interesting character development.
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Really enjoyed. Was fascinating to read from the perspective of different characters and see why the felt and acted as they did.
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I love Jodi Picoult and this is definitely one of her better books. I recommend it highly!
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Pick up any Jodi Picoult book and you will be awesomely and insanely suprised by its depth and detail of of subjects.
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Good book, fast read! I blazed through this in a day.
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great read
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A very thought provoking book! You can't help but think of what YOU would do in this situation. Great read!
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This was one of my books that I read In one day,could'nt put down
this book will make anybody cry.
janet b
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Picoult is an amazing author. She knows how to get to the heart of difficult real life situations.

Hard to put this book down, as all of the books I have read by her have been. A hearbreaking and inspirational novel!!!
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Kept you guessing till the very end....
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This was an awesome read! I cried my eyes out!!!!
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An impressive book - multiple perspectives really brings out the richness of the story. I was very wowed (if I can say that!)
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Fascinating and well written. I really liked it.
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Loved this book, first I have read of her's but definitely not the last.
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Good book, glad that is was fiction. Subject matter is fascinating.
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Excellent story that was hard to put down. Unexpected ending.
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Very interesting book - it was hard to put it down!
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Captivating story.
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My very first Picoult book and I will read many more! Great author!
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First book I ever read by Jodi. An interesting book with an ending I almost saw coming.
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This book really grabs you and stays with you. Told from the perspective of different characters, your perspective is always changing.
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A 13-year-old is torn between saving the life of her older sibling or establishing her own self-respect and dignity.
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Excellent book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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All the characters were compelling and the premise is timely. It is well written and I would highly recommend it.
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This story makes your heart hurt! It is not a cheerful book, pretty much from beginning to end, but none of her's ever are. The moral dilemma is an interesting one, but wish it had been written with a more hopeful point of view (would have been great if a Christian author had written it). It begins with very little hope and ends that way; as well.
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I thought this book was absolutly amazing. A MUST read! Heart wrenching, well written, great characters.
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Absolutely loved this book, a real tear jerker. One of Picoult's many greats
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This book was excellent. Really easy read and my only critique was it was slightly too easy at time. I was really moved by the story and the characters were perfectly developed. Read thisbook if you are in the mood for a good cry.
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Very heartwrenching, but very, very good.
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This is a five star, never leaving my house book.
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Best book I ever read!
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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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Page turner. Beautifully written.
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One of the best books I've ever read. Very thought provoking and impossible to put down! A must-read!
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One of the best books I've read this year. I highly recommend it. A child is conceived to save her older sister who is dying of leukemia.
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Heard a lot of hype about this book so had to read it. I really liked it and look forward to reading some more of her work.
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Page-turner!
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One of the best books I've ever read! Highly recommended.
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This is a heart rending book, good from page one, with an unexpected ending...
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This was an excellent book. It was the first book for my bookclub. We couldn't stop talking about it. It still resonates with me. It has a whopper of an ending.....
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Beautiful and heartbreaking, this book just captures your heart from the very beginning. You can easily see both sides of the family's dilemma. The ending was definitely not what I expected either!
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I LOVED this book.. i love all of her books but this one had me hooked from the very beginging
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Wow! Kept me up until 3 AM!
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Excellent! Controversial! I have contemplated posting this book because of the subject matter. It is a great book, but I warn anyone who reads this because it will keep you up at night wondering if you had a child with a terminal illness if you would create a 'perfect' child to save your ill one.
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As a parent, this book touches upon some of our worst fears. The characters are all very full and real. I found the book a little depressing, but worth reading.
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great book! I could not put it down!
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This book makes you really think about the possiblity of someone who is conceived just to be a donor for their sister who is so critically ill.

This story is written in the "voices" of the people who is involved in this terrible situtation.

Very interesting and heart tugging!

Ellen
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Excellant book. Jodi Picoult is a great writer.
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Excellent book.
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One sister is the bone marrow match for her older sister. It centers on the emotional choices involved when the older sister's life is threatened. This book was liked almost unanimously by the 10 members of my book club. I wasn't crazy about it.
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Great book!
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You will NOT be able to put this book down, as you follow the lives of a family in crisis, seeing the situation from all perspectives as the author writes each chapter from a different character's point of view. An excellent read for anyone over, say, 13, due to some mature inferences.
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Man...I don't know if I have ever read a book that made me think more. While this book does bring up ethical questions in parenting it also talks about designer babies, and how far you'd go to keep your child alive. LOVED IT!!
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I loved this book, like the other reveiwer said, do not finish it in public, very emotional! This is one of those titles that will stick with me for life and I thouroughly enjoyed the read!!
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Oh, my gosh! This book still haunts not only me, but all of the members of my bookclub. Excellent book! provides many thoughts on medical freedom of choice and ethical parenting. Do not finishe readint this book in public....surprise ending. Perfect pick for a bookclub.
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This is one of the best books I've read all year. A riveting character study, a moving topic and a thoughtful read. I could not put it down!
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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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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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Absolutely wonderful book!! I loved this book. It is yet another wonderful book from Jodi Picoult
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Read it! Loved it! Picoult's best novel! She did an awesome job with the suspense and the surprise ending.
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I could not put this book down!! This is my first book by Jodi Picoult but it certainly won't be my last! A page turner from beginning to end!
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. The main character (Anna) has an older sister who has leukemia and Anna has undergone many surgeries, transfusions, and shots so her sister can fight the leukemia. As a 13-year-old, she decides enough is enough and does not want to be part of a bone marrow transplant. Riveting and heart wrenching read.
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Excellent novel dealing with a real-world situation. Because of the circumstances, I was back and forth with my emotions. Very powerful book.
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This was an easy read. Kept my interest. But not a life-changing book or anything.
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It is Lulene McDaniels all grown up. If cancer, depression, death are what you want to read about, this book is for you. A good sad wallow in misery. I read half and felt emotionally manipulated, but a lot of my friends thought it was wonderful.
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My Sister's Keeper is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human cost's and a stunning moral parable for all time.
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This is the first of many Jodi Picoult books that I have read...it is very well written...twists and turns...you can't put it down. Very unpredictable. You really get attached to the characters.
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Heart-wrenching story -- beautifully written.
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A wonderful novel that will provoke strong feelings from any reader!
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This is one of the very best books I've ever read. The ending is a bit weak, but there couldn't possibly be a satisfying ending to this story. It is just one of those situations that can't ever end happily for everyone.
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Can a parent love too much? Or is too much never enough? By age 13, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can fight the lukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister. She has not challenged this role until now. This decision tears her family apart and could have fatal consequences for her sister. This novel raises some important ethical issues. Makes for a great book club discussion, too.
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GREAT!! Loved the morality aspect and the child's eye view. The cranky attorney was great as I too have a service dog and feel his frustration with the stares and whispers and akward questions. They were quite a pair, the child and her attorney, two who just didn't quite fit. Compounded with a great ending! Excellent for a book club reader!
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Almost a can't put down book, but not quite...
Somehow the story does not ring true to me
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Can a parent love too much? Or is too never enough?
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.
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One of my favorite books of the year.

"My Sister's Keeper" is a wonderful, marvelous, thought provoking, intelligent and sensitive novel. It is supurbly written and thoughtfully thought out and developed" amazon review
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This was a very good read and showed how families are not always in tune with what may be going on around them.
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Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

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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I liked this book a lot - have wondered about the ethics of kids donating organs, etc. Covered both sides of the dilemma really well.
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I have to say that this is probably the best book I've ever read. It was awesome. It's told from several persons points of view so you kinda get a idea of how all of the characters are feeling instead of just one. And it's a very touchy subject in general. It really touches your heart in more ways than one. And it really makes you think. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in genetics or contraversial stuff. Or even just to a parent or person who wants a touching read.
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Very good book that deals with stem cell research and the effects of it on families.
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A thought provoking, often heart wrenching novel about "designer children" and the toll it takes on everyone involved.
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GReat story. I loved this book. It was also a fast read.
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How close can two sisters be? When one of them was conceived to provide stem cells for her chronically ill sister, and has been called upon to endure a number of surgeries and procedures ever since to save her sister's life. Picoult explores the family dynamics, the legalities, the morality and the immorality, with an engaging and all too human cast of characters - and the end will blow you away.
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Very good discussion book for a book club
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This book had an unexpected twist at the end that was heartbreaking but well worth the wait. Great read!
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I have a twin sister and cried hysterically while reading this book. Will not read hers again for this reason, but it was well written.
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This is a great book. It really brings the meaning of what a cancer family has to deal with, and how a child in that family feels. It is moving and inspiring to treasure the moments you have. By far one of my favorite books I've read in a long time.
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I could not even read this book it was so poorly written. YIKES. I read about 30 pages trying to give it a chance and then just could not care about any of the characters or the story. Too bad too - what a great concept to explore.
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This is a good book. Really, it focuses on a very difficult issue. When parents learn that their daughter has cancer, they decide to conceive another child to be a perfect genetic match to help save her life. Except, the moral issues raised are enormous. Exactly how far should one sibling be expected to go to save their sister? How many procedures? How much pain? And, what if one day they decide they don't want to do it anymore? Whose decision is it to make?

I enjoyed the book, though it was far from perfect and did drag slightly at times. My only real issue was with the ending. What was up with that? It seemed completely random to me, as though it was thrown in to make it all just end since the book was already over 400 pages long. That being said, the story itself was well worth reading, and was fairly accurate to what many families with a dying child are like, as they go to any lengths to have just a little more time.
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Great book! I haven't seen the movie yet because I didn't want it to ruin the book but after finishing I no longer even have a desire to see the movie Jodi Picoult is an excellent writer.
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This was a great book but it also really tugged at your heart. The ending was a real surprise.
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Amazing book about siblings, families and people coping with terminal illness. Thought provoking!
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Loved this book; couldn't put it down!
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Phenomenal. Simply phenomenal.
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This is a sad, but most sensitive book about the current moral issues around genetic engineering, stem cell controversy, etc. The author is skillful in presenting the emotional positions of different characters, with some twists at the end. I was not sure I'd like it in the beginning, but ended up thoroughly enjoying it. Lots to think about!
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I loved this book!! Totally engrossing infamily dynamics but gosh did the ending get me.
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Emotional family saga - great read, couldn't put the book down.
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Being an older sister, I hesitated to read this. It is a great book.
Don't miss it.
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Intensely personal look inside a family dealing with eminent death. Provoking.
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Wonderful read, great book by Picoult as always.
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This is an excellent book. It's very readable, but brings up some issues that will stay with you for a long time.
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This book discusses a very timely moral dilemma with compassion, honesty, and very well-developed characters! A poignant story and one that makes you really care about ALL the characters and their individual thoughts and feelings !! As usual Jodi Picoult has taken a timely and controversial topic and written a beautiful novel that makes the reader think deeply about it for weeks afterward!!
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great read.....about a family's struggle for survival
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I have just finished this, the first Picoult book that I have read, and found it really good as a discussion of a family in a long-running crisis!
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I really loved this book! It was interesting, believable, and touching.
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This book will really touch your heart-grab the kleenex!!
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Very good book with a surprise in the end. do not read ahead
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drew me right in from page one. The ending was a shock after all of the drama and sadness in the story. Another great book from Jodi Picoult.
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Wonderfully written!
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This book was enjoyable, a provocative read that causes one to question thier morals, but at the same time, a book you can read at the beach.
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I could not put this book down. It was filled with emotion and kept me reading through my tears.
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I loved this book! Having read many of Picoult's books, I can honestly say this was one of my favorites. Having two sisters, I could certainly relate to many aspects of the novel. Once again, Picoult gripped me a with a story I couldn't put down.
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This was the first book by Jodi Picoult that I've read...I really liked it! It was definitely a page turner but had a very surprising ending...very unpredictable!
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I couldn't put this book down..What a wonderful story of family and love and sisters...Very emotional...loved it!!!!
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I read the last 100 pages in the bathtub... half of it filled with my tears. Thought provoking and very emotional. This book has made me even more sensitive towards parents with terminally-ill children. God bless 'em.
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An amazing book!!!! It was an amazing, sad, wonderful story. I strongly recommend this book!!!!!!!!!
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Very dramatic book. Could be depressing.
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Wonderful, but sad read.
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This book is amazing. It made me cry- which I can't remember a book ever doing. It was such a great read, I couldn't put it down!
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I cried and cried and cried. Excellent book.
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Good book, even though I made it to page 92 before realizing that I've read this before.
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A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues,(MY SISTERS KEEPER) is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human cost and a stunning moral parable for all time.
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Great book
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Wonderful novel. A page-turner.
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This is an absolutely amazing story about a family trying to overcome some of lifes many tragedies. It's a beautiful story, i couldn't put it down!
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I honestly don't know what to say except... WOW. Powerful, wonderful book.
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This is an amazing book! It was the first that I read by her and I was completely blown away by her incredible talent. I have read many by her since and while I have never been disappointed - she is truly gifted - this one possesses a little something not found in her other books. She writes books that make you suffer for the ending, but you absolutely can't quit reading her. One time I went to a used book store and bought about five of her books and read until I had gone through the whole stack(I did still take care of my kids though). I wonder if there's a twelve step program for books.
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This was my first try with a new author. I've never heard of her before though she is acknowledged as âthe New York Times bestselling authorâ on the book itself. I will probably read another by her again but I think it might be a little bit before I try it. If all of her books are as emotionally charged as this one I'm going to need some recovery time. I will say that it was a page turner for me though; I read it in two nights at work.

The premise of this novel is that thirteen year old Anna has a sixteen year old sister, Kate, and Kate suffers from a rare form of leukemia. Anna can rattle off medical terms and procedures faster than most medical experts; not surprising since she's been the donor for Kate's numerous life-sustaining treatments since Anna was born. In fact, Anna was conceived as a perfect donor match for Kate--her first donation was the placenta, rich in stem cells. Now, Kate is in late stage renal failure and Anna is taking her parents to court for the right to make decisions about her own medical treatments.

I loved the turns this book takes at the end though I would have preferred a different ending. I never saw either of the main twists at the end coming though one of them I should have. The last one hit me out of left field though once I started reading it I knew what was coming.

Picoult does a good job using alternate viewpoints to portray each member of the family, the lawyer Anna retains and the guardian ad litem appointed to her, as richly drawn characters. I was impressed by Picoult's ability to manage lots of minute details in what was already a fairly complex story. Each of these characters that tell their story gives some insight into what is going on in this family's world or into the motivations of the characters. At times, the alternate viewpoints pick up right where the previous left off, showing us the scene from another's point of view; at other times the action moves some other place, showing us that the world continues on for others even as Kate and Anna's world is spiraling around them. This management of detail adds to the story for me, by giving us glimpses into why the son acts out, into the lawyer's past, into how the decisions were made for Kate and subsequently for Anna. Not all of the story centers around the child who is sick and the child who is well but might as easily be sick given how often she sees the inside of a hospital yet even the parts that don't contain bits of information about them add to the story in complex ways.

And that is perhaps the true gift of this book, that it intertwines the complex with the simple, the past with the present, the moral with the just. Reading I could understand why the decisions that were made were made but I could also see how one child seemed to be invisible to her parents because of the sicker child.

All in all I give this book a good rating but I warn you, it's a tear jerker. I also don't recommend reading it in public, least of all at work where people can see you crying your eyes out.
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The best book I have ever read, Great read. I didn't even want to put it down. Jodi is now my favorite author
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This is a wonderful book! Each Jodi Picoult I read amazes me...this is no exception.
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good book - my first picoult book and I was satisfied.
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What a book....thought provoking, tear jerker. I enjoyed every word.
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This was a very touching book.. the ending caught me off guard but this is one of the best books I've ever read!
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Such a good book! It made me cry, but in a good way. This is my first Jodi Picoult book, but now I want to read more of them.
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This is one of Jodi's best books. I loved it.
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Truly a remarkable book I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I think this is only the second book that made me emotional
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Incredible!!
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I was a little annoyed by the ending - but the subject matter of this book fascinated me and it was a great read. I blew through it really quickly...I knocked it out in a weekend.
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this is a phenominal book... thought provoking...
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Usually it takes about 20-30 pages for a book to pull me in and interest me,this book did it from page 1.Heartbreaking,sad,makes you think about your life.
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Excellent book - it's the first one I've read by this author - and I'll definitely read more!
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A great book. I kept staying up late to find out what was going to happen.
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Another incredible story from my favorite author. One child born to save the life of her older, ill sister. Great characters and plot twists, very emotional subject and telling.
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A little too melodramatic for me.
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A gripping book, one that you will stay up late to finish.
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Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. Bly age thirteen she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusion and shots so that her older sister, Kate can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. It is the story of a families struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning moral parabel for all time
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One of the best books I have ever read!
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Great book, I wasn't expecting the ending though!
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My favorite Jodi Picoult book so far!!
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Jodi Picoult is my FAVORITE author! This is one of her best books ever. Keeps you torn and interested and mad and happy and everything in between.
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Good, quick read. Great characters and details make it an engrossing book.
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This book was very thought-provoking and a great read.
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What an excellent read!!! The ending was soooo sad. I
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good read
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If you've read The Pact then you'll love this.
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A page-turner with great character developement and lot of twists and turns with a totally unexpected ending.
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This was a great story, I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh & cry! I found it a little hard to get use to the way the chapters jump from one character to another in the beginning, but after the first few were introduced it got easier.
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I really enjoyed this book. At first I thought it might be too depressing, but it was so well written that I couldn't put it down.
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This book wasn't too bad as these popular, featuring-a-reader's-club-guide-in-the-back books go. I found the characters sympathetic, the plot interesting and acceptably unpredictable. The ending seemed pretty unbelievable to me, but that's my only major complaint. If you like Picoult or other Oprah-y books, you'll probably like this one.
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Riveting and very moving story!
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As always, Jodi Picoult's novels are about interesting subjects with great character development. This was a great, quick read.