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1.0 out of 5 stars 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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Initial post: 25 Aug 2009 21:56:39 BDT
L. A. Brown says:
Hi,
Although I liked the book, I totally understand where you are coming from. I dont normally read this type of book, but picked it up on sale and found it intriguing. I find your point about the stereotypes very relevant, I think if Picoult wrote this kind of book on a one off it would have been fine, but since all her books seem to be similar, its a bit annoying and lacks diversity. However, I do think the ending was a clever twist, prehaps it didn't make sense, and didn't really work, but I'm glad it didn't just end with Kate dying, as then the book would have been extremely predictable and would have felt like a time waster.
I have one question for you: what kind of books do you like? You seem to be able to fish through the trash and 'holiday reads', so I would be interested to see what you would find did challenge your thinking. Thanks

Posted on 18 Mar 2010 11:13:54 GMT
L Murphy says:
Thank God I read the book before reading this review which is a complete spoiler by the way!
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