My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Summary:Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged... until now.
Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?
My Sister’s Keeper is one of the most philosophical, thought-provoking books I have ever read. While the ending is less than satisfactory, the characterization and plot are superb.
Anna Fitzgerald was genetically engineered as a blood marrow match for her older sister Kate, who has leukemia. Now 13, Anna turns her entire family’s life upside down when sues her parents for the right to make decisions about her own body.
Every character in Picoult’s novel is extremely complex and realistic. None of the characters are one-dimensional and that’s part of what makes this story so intriguing.
You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.
Sara Fitzgerald, Anna and Kate’s mother, is a fantastic example of a controversial character. It’s easy to sympathize with her desperation to do everything in her power to save Kate’s life (after all, what mother wouldn’t do the same?). But is that worth all the countless life-threatening procedures she has subjected Anna to? This fine line is what makes the book so interesting to read from an ethical standpoint.
One of the most incredible aspects of this novel is the familial dynamics. Anna and Kate’s relationship is unique but believably written. There’s a sense of authenticity in their dynamic; readers can truly feel the incredible bond these two sisters share.
The only problem with the novel is the abruptness of the ending. It was extremely unnecessary and it seemed as if it came out of nowhere.
This is perfect for anyone who wants an emotional and provocative book that will stay with you long after you finish it. I am now anxious to read all of Picoult’s other novels.