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My Sister's Keeper [Paperback]

Jodi Picoult
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20 Mar 2008

'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 leukaemia 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: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340960507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340960509
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (626 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,826 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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'Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. (Daily Mail)

Picoult has been incredibly successful in dissecting the pain that family members go through when faced with sensitive and emotive issues ( Daily Express)

'Picoult, once again, grabs a razor-sharp issue and uses her brilliantly intricate pen to expose all the shades of grey with PERFECTION.' (Cosmopolitan)

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Picoult's million-copy bestseller, on which the heartwrenching film starring Cameron Diaz is based, is impossible to put down before you reach the final page.

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121 of 122 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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83 of 85 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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58 of 60 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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15 of 15 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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130 of 137 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!
Loved loved loved this book!! If you liked the film you'll love the book. It's interesting which parts have been changed between the book and film. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by K L Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful moving story that tugs at your heart strings with every...
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Published 6 days ago by 23reviewstreet
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I have watched the film before I read the book but I enjoyed the book much more as I throughly enjoyed the dept that the book went. :) recommend to anyone :)
Published 9 days ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 14 days ago by MRS AMELIA LOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars my sisters keeper
what a fantastic book. what a writer. all the books ive read by her are all so different. which is a plus. this one very thought privocing. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Peter Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy everyone's perspective
Well written, I enjoy everyone's perspective, but goes on a bit
Published 26 days ago by sarah jane
5.0 out of 5 stars great story and love the individual character chapters style of ...
Couldn't put it down, great story and love the individual character chapters style of writing,
Published 1 month ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
I fell in love with the characters right from the start and empathised with each one. A very different book from my usual choice but well worth the change of direction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blossom Dearie
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
It was an okay book but no where near as good as the film sadly. I would want more action in the book
Published 1 month ago by Isabel Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A fantastic read. Thevfilm is also good but the book, as usual, tells a more in depth story and draws you in.
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