- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (20 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340960507
- ISBN-13: 978-0340960509
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 20.5 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MY SISTER'S KEEPER is emotionally riveting and will test your tear ducts to the limit - particularly the final, gut-wrenching twist . . . Picoult tackles a controversial subject head on with a sense of wisdom and sensitivity. If there's only one book you read this year, make it this one. (Daily Express)
This astonishing novel is beautifully and thoughtfully written. (Good Housekeeping)
Highly gripping. (Heat)
Picoult, once again, grabs a razor-sharp issue and uses her brilliantly intricate pen to expose all the shades of grey with perfection. (Cosmopolitan)
A book club must-read. (New York Daily News)
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
I wasn't sure I wanted to read a long novel about such an event. But I'm glad I did. Nineteen Minutes takes the bare facts of such an awful day and helps us see the whole experience from every perspective. And the book does so with a kind and gentle heart.
This shifting of the balance of our perceptions is accomplished by several well-performed techniques including many narrators (different students, three parents, the police, the defense attorney, and his wife), connections among the characters, and multiple back stories that reach literally into the womb. The book's theme is far more universal than school shootings: How we grow away from our real selves and the damage that does to us and others.
I was very impressed by the way that Ms. Picoult viewed every character with mostly sympathy, even when you might think of them as being unsympathetic from the facts. Each character is also mildly funny. She doesn't let the tragedy pull us too far away from the realities of everyday life. It's an extraordinary storytelling gift.
If you are like me, you'll probably feel that your faith in people is increased by reading this story rather than the reverse. That reaction also surprised me.
No matter what your age is I think you'll find this book will draw you back into those turbulent teen years when being popular meant way too much. It'll be an intense and self-revealing visit.
Bravo, Ms. Picoult! This is a remarkable book.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not good the book came and the first two pages were ripped won't be buying it again !!!! 😡Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Could not put it down, raises a lot of ethical issues and by chance watched the film on tv, the book is betterPublished 8 days ago by Mrs. H Dye
Interesting and important focus but I felt it became too journalistic at the end.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Jodi is a brilliant writer and she tells a difficult story here but does it in such a great way. You can really feel for the characters and though it can be disturbing, it makes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teresa
Great book, only thing I would say is sometimes the author dwells a little too much on sub stories rather than the main story itself. Still definitely worth a read thoughPublished 2 months ago by dannielle williams
Would recommend this book to all Jodi picault fans brilliant read finished reading while I had my supper. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by Christine Cullen