Book Reviews of My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
ISBN-13: 9780743454520
ISBN-10: 0743454529
Publication Date: 4/6/2004
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 354 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
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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: 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
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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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 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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Helpful Score: 2
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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GREAT book
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Helpful Score: 1
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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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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If you have never read a Jodi Picoult book, read this one. She's an excellent author and, in my opinion, this is her best work!
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This book was great! The best book I've read all year!
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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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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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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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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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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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My absolute favorite JP book, made me stop and really consider what I would do if this happened to me and my family. Very insightful and emotional.
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I think this is one of the best books I have ever read. I cried at the end.
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I laughed, I cried, I told everyone I know to read it.
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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 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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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 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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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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Absolutely wonderful book!! I loved this book. It is yet another wonderful book from Jodi Picoult
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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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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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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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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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Best book I ever read!
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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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Excellant book. Jodi Picoult is a great writer.
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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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Excellent book.
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Wow! Kept me up until 3 AM!
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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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great book! I could not put it down!
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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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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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This is a heart rending book, good from page one, with an unexpected ending...
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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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This is a five star, never leaving my house book.
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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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One of the best books I've ever read! Highly recommended.
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Page-turner!
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Page turner. Beautifully written.
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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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One of the best books I've ever read. Very thought provoking and impossible to put down! A must-read!
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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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A sad story about a girl who was conceived to be a donor for her dying sister.
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GReat Read!!!!!