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My Sister's Keeper

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Author:  Jodi Picoult

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 questioned… until now.

Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?

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Jun 09,2017

My sister's keeper is a popular fiction, drama, tragedy and realistic fiction novel written by Jodi Picoult and published by Washington Square Press in 2004. The novel is set in Rhode Island, America and alternates between present action and events from the past 14 years.
Most of the chapters are set inside Anna Fitzgerald (the main character/ protagonist) home in Rhode Island. Jodi Picoult describes the Fitzgerald's house as homely, and like many you would come across in almost any neighbourhood, this makes the novel seem realistic and relatable to anyone. The book also spends time in Campbell's (Lawyer) office in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. The office is depicted as having a cold, clean feeling about it with lots of paper work crowding tables and chairs.
My sisters keeper is about a girl, Anna Fitzgerald, who was conceived as a bone marrow donor for her sick sister Kate. Anna has undergone countless surgeries and medical procedures in her short life to save her sister but when Anna decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation so that she will no loner be forced to act as a donor for her older sister it will threaten to destroy her family for good. Jodi Picoult created many characters that would relate to anyone who has read the novel. If you are a mum you will undoubtably relate to Anna's mum, Sara, if you feel unappreciated you will relate to Jesse and if you have ever had to make a hard decision in your life you will relate to Anna. This is what drew me to the characters, they seem like they are completely ordinary, like your next door neighbour, or class mate at school. It could happen to anyone which is what makes this novel so intriguing, suspenseful and interesting.
Jodi Picoult style of writing is descriptive and emotive. I really enjoyed how each character speaks in first person, allowing the reader to see the world from each narrator's point of view. Each character speaks in a different tone. Anna is observant, thoughtful and inquisitive. Jesse is sarcastic and angry, and Sara is practical and concise. This makes Jodi Picoult's writing interesting and unique.
One of the most important themes in my sisters keeper is the line between right and wrong. In everyday situations and in the novel this line can seem ambiguous. This is what the main character Anna struggles with throughout the entire novel. Is doing what's right for her actually selfish and wrong? Should Anna be suing her parents to make her life easier when as a result it will end someone else's? This theme reminds me of how everything has two sides to the story and challenges the reader to remember how important it is to not judge a book by it's cover. Some people might automatically think what Anna is doing is horrible and cruel but by reading this novel you find out how Anna is just trying to do what's right for both her and Kate. Another reoccurring theme is the bond of sisterhood. Anna and Kate's bond is unbreakable, during points of the novel there relationship can seem broken, pushed or destroyed but this is not the case. By the end of the book you realise that their bond is incredibly strong, it can survive anything, even the threat of death. Although the outside might look shattered the inside in as thick as blood. Anna and Kate's bond is incredibly inspiring and moving, it reminds the reader that blood is thicker than water and no matter what your siblings and family will always love you.
I think this novel would appeal to anyone from the ages 12 and up as it is a timeless story that relates to everyone. I give this novel a 4.75/5 stars!

Jan 28,2017

An amazing book which allows the viewer to question human morals in society and experience the true heart break of cancer from the patients perspective and their families. It is definately a must read. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to gain some morally questioning, funny, despite, couragous, unexpecting, happy and heart breaking moments... 

Nov 25,2014
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My sisters keeper, written by Jodi Picoult is a novel that was written in 2004. The novel is based on a true story and was also created into a movie. Jodi Picoult is a very successful writer and has written books with over 40 million copies being sold all over the world.

It tells the story of 13 year old girl named Anna who goes through the extents of suing her parents for medical independence when she is expected to donate many of her organs, blood cells, bone marrow and also one of her kidney’s to her sister Kate, who is suffering and sadly dying from Leukemia. Kate was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was younger and from then on she had to have special care by her family, nurses from the hospital. The struggles that the family has to go through is unbearable because I could never imagine having to go through the same problems with my family. Life at times is a struggle and other times it is a bundle of happiness. This is because Kate has hope, but soon she realizes that she cant be cured...It is a one truly amazing book that would be appropriate for ages of around 13 and over. If you are going to read the book you have got to be emotionally stable and ready because the book is like a giant roller coaster, of life, having ups and downs around every corner. 

I rate the book a 8.5/10 it is defiantly worth reading !!! 

By Angelina :)

Oct 07,2014

My Sister’s Keeper is written by Jodi Picoult and was published, by Hodder and Stoughton Publishers in 2008. The setting is on Rhode Island off America and the time varies from past to present depending on who’s perspective the event is being viewed from. The main character is Anna Fitzgerald, a donor for her older sister, Kate Fitzgerald, who suffers from a rare case of leukemia.  Anna also has an older brother by the name Jesse, and two parents, Sara and Brian; Brian being a firefighter, and Sara being a full time mother to be there for Kate. Kate suffers illnesses and sicknesses reguarly, meaning Kate has to be hospitalised frequently, and keeping the Fitzgerald family on the edge of their seat. Anna wants the rights to her own body so she confers with a lawyer who agrees to take on her case. Anna desperately wants to help hold her family together while fulfilling her wish. Trying to make amends, Anna searches through the scrub to find herself as she comes closer to making the biggest discovery of her life.

I found this book enjoyable and I would highly recommend it to other readers as it is a touching story that shows us the struggles some familiess undergo while caring for a person enduring cancer. I loved when Anna found her place in her family and I was hooked from part ‘Thursday’.  I did find the start a bit slow but once you dive in to the depths of the book you will never want to leave the water. I think people who are fans of beautiful stories that have a touching message will adore this book. If you are a fan of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ then you will cherish this book.

I think Jodi Picoult wrote this book to show people the harships that people suffering from cancer undergo and to deliver a powerful message to the people of the world. I think Jodi wanted the world to take action and to help the cancer cause so we could help people worldwide. I think her opinion was that family is the most important thing in the world and also, that everyone should respect each other’s opinions. Everyone should have a choice to make their own decisions. I agree with Jodi Picoult and I believe we should all work towards world peace, where everyone respects each other and treats each other as equal.

Sit down in a comfy chair with a box of tissues, and prepare yourself for the emotional ride of a lifetime!

Sep 07,2014

My sister's keeper is a book about a girl named Kate that was genetically modified in the womb to be able to save her older sister from dying because she has leukemia. Kate undergoes so many different surgeries to save her sister. After a while she decides that she doesn't want to do that anymore and decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Her parents are so confused to why she would do it but its because her sister wants her too. In the end Kate wins the case but the ending isn't so happy...

Apr 15,2013

Great book but quite intence and made me engrossed


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