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Jodi Picoult
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10 Jan 2005

"A major decision about me is being made, and no one's bothered to ask the one person who most deserves it to speak her opinion."

The only reason Anna was born was to donate her cord blood cells to her older sister. And though Anna is not sick, she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since she was a child. Anna was born for this purpose, her parents tell her, which is why they love her even more. But now that she has reached an age of physical awareness, she can't help but long for control over her own body and respite from the constant flow of her own blood seeping into her sister's veins.

And so she makes a decision that for most would be too difficult to bear, at any time and at any age. She decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body.


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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (10 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034083546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340835463
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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This astonishing novel is beautifully and thoughtfully written and focuses on difficult moral choices (Good Housekeeping)

Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion. (Publishers Weekly)

She is quite a find, in Anita Shreve territory, an author tackling gritty problems ... So watch out, she's well worth supporting (Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller)

This beautifully crafted novel will grab readers with its stunning topic . . . the tightly woven tale seamlessly bounces from past to present . . . Picoult's style borders on the poetic (People Magazine)

This beautifully crafted novel will grab readers with its stunning topic (People Magazine)

The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results . . .Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion. (Publishers Weekly)

*Starred Review* Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story. Thirteen-year-old Anna Fitzgerald walks into the office of lawyer Campbell Alexander and announces she wants to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Anna was conceived after her older sister, Kate, developed a rare form of leukemia at the age of two, and has donated bone marrow and blood to her sister. Now she has been asked to donate a kidney, and she intends to refuse. Campbell is a jaded young man who nevertheless decides to take her case pro bono. Anna's parents are shocked when they learn of her lawsuit, and her mother, a former civil defense attorney, decides to represent them. Anna refuses to budge on her position despite the fact that she clearly loves her sister and longs for her family's happiness. As the gripping court case builds, the story takes a shocking turn. Told in alternating perspectives by the engaging, fascinating cast of characters, Picoult's novel grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book. (Booklist)

Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story. . . (Booklist)

'It will make you smile and will definitely make you cry. There are secondary love stories and flawed heroes along the way in this page turning unusual book.' (Biggleswade Chronicle)

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An astonishing, gripping, thought-provoking novel about a family's love which has already been a massive international bestseller - available at last in the UK

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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How far should we go? 6 Mar 2005
By A. K. Davis VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have only recently discovered Jodi Picoult, in fact the last book I read was The Pact written by her. I was so impressed by that book that I didn't believe this book could be as good; it was good to be proved wrong. From just these two books I think Jodi Picoult has jumped to the top of my favourite authors list. Like The Pact, the writing style is one that I haven't enjoyed in the past where each chapter is from the point of view of a different person or in a different time but which Jodi Picoult is proving is a useful tool to provide the full information for a story.
This story is also a gritty issue where the parents have a third child, genetically selected to be a donor for her sister with cancer. I've heard in the news about families who want to do this, but haven't really thought what happens beyond the birth of the child. Whereas this books takes you through that journey where Anna is repeatedly in hospitable throughout her thirteen years to provide donations for her sister. Her sister now needs a kidney and Anna has had enough.
Having finished the book I still don't know which side of the argument I stand on and when I think of the reactions of the characters they are so well written I honestly can't say I would behave any differently if I was in any of their positions.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, inspiring and beautifully written. 29 April 2005
By H Pedder VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A short while ago, I was asked what my favourite 3 books ever were...because i've read so many books of differing genres I found this a difficult one...until I read this. Without doubt it's my number 1 book so far.
Following the harrowing and heart-breaking family life of Sara and Brian, whose son Jesse is a tearaway, daughter Kate has been diagnosed with terminal leukaemia and youngest daughter Anna - conceived through IVF to be a genetic match for her dying sister - has had enough. Since the second Anna was born she's donated blood, bone marrow and more to her sister without being consulted and the final straw is the assumption that she'll give up a kidney to Kate as a last grasp at saving her life. Anna's a teenage girl who's always lived in her sister's shadow, decides to take her parents to court, for the rights to her own body.
Each chapter is written from a different perspective, which adds to the depth and complexity of this book. One moment I was sympathising with Anna and feeling shock at her mother's apparent callousness and biased love. The next, I found myself crying at Sara's love for her daughters and her feelings of utter helplessness in such a desperate situation. Each viewpoint shows a different angle to this awful dilemma and gives the novel the fullness and credibility it needed to do it justice.
This is a contentious issue and always will be, and Picoult has depicted the harrowing decisions and predicaments faced by families like this with great sensitivity.
I usually, once engrossed in a book, fly through the pages in a bid to reach the end. However, with this, it was so beautifully written I lingered over every word.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and emotional book 11 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. I couldnt put it down, and it was very emotional. The chapters switch from being narrated by different characters in the story so you see all points of view. You go from agreeing with the character of Anna, that she should not be forced to go through so much pain and medical danger when her sister doesnt really want to keep going on anymore, to changing your mind when the mothers chapter comes around, thinking you would do anything to save your childs life.
Both my friend and I loved it - but beware, if you have an emotional bone in your body you will cry your eyes out in a couple of parts - DO NOT READ THE END OF THE BOOK ON THE TRAIN ON YOUR DAILY COMMUTE!!!
This is a great book - read it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and thoughtful. 4 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
I've literally just finished this book and wanted to share how much I've enjoyed reading it. Enjoyed is perhaps the wrong word to choose in relation to such a difficult topic, but it was very hard to put down and I found myself thinking about when I could next get back to it!

I disagree with some of the other reviewers opinions regarding the ending, I think it was perfect, though heart breaking, I actually sobbed! It reflected the title brilliantly and echoed back to several of the themes used throughhout the book, giving a sense of closure and peace to a roller coaster of a read.

On one level the book is a simple story but I found that when Jodi Picoult stepped away from the basic narrative she really showed her skill. She manages to weave a beautiful, delicate, painful poignant tale that will stay with me for a long time. I don't feel like this review really does it justice! Highly recommended.
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128 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely surprise of a book 28 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
I bought this book only because it was in the 3 for 2 sale at Waterstones, never having heard of it, or the author, before. Reading it got slightly uncomfortable at points - for one, the moral dilemma at the crux of the plot had me squirming because it's one of those situations you just don't wanna think about - secondly, characters take it in turn to narrate chapters, and though this generally works well, the fact they all use the same introspective reflective tone can get a bit eerie.
One review inside the cover says the book ends with a big twist, so I started trying to spot it from the start - no chance, it came totally out of nowhere. And when it finally turned up, it had me bawling my eyes out (I haven't cried at a book since I read "The Last Battle" (Chronicles of Narnia) at the age of about 8). Seriously, I cried for about 10 minutes, and I don't even have kids.
At the same time, the book isn't an emotional blackmail attempt using cliches as tear-jerkers, but simply, gently and originally written. It comments in a roundabout way on families, parenting, and growing up. I'm tempted to get hold of some more of the author's work, but I'm worried it won't live up to this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DID NIT ENJOY THIS TEAD
TO CONFUSING FOR ME EACH TIME I PICKED IT UP I HAD FORGOTTEN WHO I WAS READING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS NOT FOR ME .
Published 3 days ago by mrs s smith
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Jodi Picoult
I had no idea this had been made into a film until I told my daughter what I was reading, can't imagine the film was anywhere near as good as the book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Caroline from Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I Would highly recommend this book, it keeps you wanting to read more from beginning to end, a fantastic writer :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sting in the tale!
Good read, kept me interested. Wonder if it could have been a true story with a little bit of everything!
Published 11 days ago by Pomlady
5.0 out of 5 stars a genuine page turner......
This book ticked all the boxes for me, all the believable characters were well rounded and had their own voice. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Gripping with an unpredictable ending . Well worth it......plot and characters so convincingyunfindvyourself getting very annoyed with them at times
Published 18 days ago by jerseygirl56
5.0 out of 5 stars Confusion
After finishing crying I thought very hard about the rights and wrongs of the decisions made by all the characters. My conclusion, there are no rights, there are no wrongs. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Athena Wear
5.0 out of 5 stars My Sister's Keeper
My first Jodi Picoult book but I'm sure it will not be my last ! I have three children (well, adults now !) and it is hard to imagine being in that same situation. Read more
Published 20 days ago by mrs janet c green
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you value your children?
When you have finished reading this book please take the time to read the notes at the end. There are some interesting points that will give you even more to mull over. Read more
Published 27 days ago by misty meanor
5.0 out of 5 stars My sisters Keeper
Simply a book that makes you go through every possible emotion throughout its duration. A brilliant, honest and tear jerking story.
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