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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
My Sister's Keeper A Novel
Author: Jodi Picoult
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780329452438
ISBN-10: 0329452436
Publication Date: 4/1/2004
Pages: 432
Edition: WSP Readers Club
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  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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4.7 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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: 17
There had been so much hype around this book because of the movie that I tried to keep my expectations in check. And I'm glad I did. While I enjoyed the book, I felt like the author just kept adding more and more lines to draw things out. What was said in 50 pages could have been said in 30, in my opinion. I just kept thinking, "get to the point, already!" Scenes were drawn out when they could have been more economized, is all I'm saying. Anyway, I did enjoy the book for the most part. I was definitely ready for it to end. And boy, what an ending! IT WAS NOT BELIEVABLE, and that part stuck with me for awhile. I kept telling myself, "well, that's what fiction is all about, Tammy." But, I dunno....I came to like the ending after it settled with me. Suspension of disbelief, they say.....
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Helpful Score: 12
Emotionally jarring story of a daughter's struggle to become an individual, without comprising love for her family, especially her sister. I found the mother abhorrent and disturbing.
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Helpful Score: 11
This was an amazing book! I'm a new mom myself, so this book had a whole new meaning to me. I'm not usually one to cry at books and movies, but this was definitely a tear jerker. Had me crying more than once! This was a wonderfully written story about an impossible situation. It's told from multiple points of view and each one is entirely believeable. I highly recommend this one.
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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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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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