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Not quite the worst book
, 19 Aug. 2009
This review is from: My Sister's Keeper (Paperback)
This is not quite the worst book I have ever read but is up there in the top 10. Picoult was recommended by a friend as easy holiday reading and I picked this one up at the airport as a last minute purchase - a mistake! As everyone must know, by now, the ethical dilemmas raised in the novel have no easy answers but Picoult's technique of having chapters written from different perspectives reduces the debate to one dimensional stereotypes (the saintly Kate, the precocious Anna , the rebellious Jesse) does not extend the debate; rather it means there is no character development, no extended consideration of the question and no intellectual challenge to one's thinking. The position of Sarah, according to Picoult, is supposed reflect the dilemma of a mother wanting both children to live. This is disingenious - from the start it is apparent that Anna has been concevied to 'save our daughter's life' (page 100) so there is an inherent bias to one child which is not acknowledged or considered.
The development of the plot- such as it was - was trite and the ending contrived and banal -for Anna to die and 'save' Kate reflects the position that Anna was always going to be expendable and avoids the more realistic but less easily acceptable alternative of Anna maintaining her position and Kate dying.
At the end I simply did not care what happended and suggest that readers approach this book with a critical stance avoiding the hype which appears to surround much of Picoult's work.
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