My Sister's Keeper

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"(M)aybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what were capable of when we least expect it."

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult is a heartwrenching story told by a multitude of amazing characters. The plot revolves around a family whose youngest daughter, Anna, was created to be a genetic donor for their other daughter, Kate. Now 13 years old, Anna is bringing her parents to court - for the right to be medically emancipated, so that she can make her own decisions about what she does or does not have to donate - just as Kate desperately needs Anna's kidney.

Kate was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when she was only 2 years old. Back then, the eldest child, Jesse, was 4. Now, Jesse is a rebellious teenager; Kate is 16 and in relapse; and Anna feels both taken for granted and invisible. The father, Brian, is a firefighter with an interest in astronomy; the mother, Sara, is a former lawyer who stopped practicing when she had children. Other main characters include Campbell Alexander, the lawyer Anna sought out to try her case, and a court-appointed guardian named Julia.

The chapters alternate between characters, always told in first-person. The only main character who doesn't speak in first-person chapters is the one at the heart of it all - Kate. Other characters of importance include Campbell's service dog, Judge, though Campbell refuses to say why he needs him; Julia's twin sister, Isobel aka Izzy; and Sara's older sister, Zanne.

It is an absolutely beautiful story. At first, I thought that being told from all of these points of view would hurt the narrative; soon, I realized, it helped it, as Picoult is able to establish a different 'voice' for each of the characters. The bulk of the novel takes place over the course of two weeks. Flashbacks are interwoven seamlessly, mostly through Sara's eyes, but also through dialogue as people discuss the past, glimpse photographs or reveal truths about themselves . . . and others.

Read it. Keep a pad and pen nearby to write down quotes - along with facial tissue to wipe your eyes.
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Reader reviewed by Brittany

The book, My Sister's Keeper, was written by Jodi Picoult in 2006, an award nominee for Best Novel.  The author lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children and is the New York Times bestselling author for My Sister's Keeper.  This book is about a girl named Kate who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two-years-old.  Her brother Jesse was not a blood match so he could not giver her blood cells or any organs to help her survive.  Kate's parents, Brian and Sara, dicided to have another baby that was genetically designed to match Kate so that it could be a donor.  The babay they had was a girl named Anna.  She was engineered to donate to Kate when she would go into remission.  Anna had been donating to Kate for thirteen years of her life when she decided to sue her parents for legal emancipation for medical purposes.  When Anna was thirteen she decidedthat she no longer wanted to risk her life to try to save her sisters'. Her parents are furious and think that Anna is only doing it so that she can have some of the attention instead of Kate getting it all the time.  At this time Kate is in remission and needs a kidney in order to survive.  Meanwhile, their brother Jesse begins to get in a lot of trouble because he does not want his sister to be sick and it takes some of the stress off.  He begins to set abandoned buildings on fire, start drugs, and moves above the garage to make it more like an "apartment."  The family struggles to stay together and everyone turns into a wreck not knowing if Kate will survive, Anna win her case, or if Jesse stays out of trouble.  San Jose Mercury News commented, "Full of insight, inspiration, and heartbreak...Picoult's handling of the central issue is flawless."
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absolutely amazing!!
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Reader reviewed by jenn

this book is absolutely amazing and a five star rating hands down. this is the first book by jodi picoult that i have read and i look forward to reading more. the plot had many twists and turns so u never knew what to expect next. the characters are very believable and lifelike. definitely a must read for anyone.
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i love this book!
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Reader reviewed by amanda

 although this story is reall really really sad( i cried) it is one of my favorites, the story is based a round a thirteen year old girl who's sister is dieing of cancer, Anna has been giving her sister her organs and blood sence she was six years old and doesn't know if she can do it anymore, so she gets a lawyer and files for medical immansipation from her parents.
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Real and heartwarmingly real
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Reader reviewed by Holly

My Sister's keeper is about a girl named Anna who was conceived so she could be a genetic match for her sister, Kate, who was diagnosed with Leukenia when she was 3 years old. Anna had undergone countless surgeries and transfusions and had finally had enough to make a desicion that could pull her family and kill the sister that she loves. This book really puts into perspective how much cancer affects a whole family's life, from the child with cancer, to her parents and the siblings. This book is unbelievably real and heartwarming, and will open up your eyes.


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Reader reviewed by Jenna

My Sisters Keeper is an awesome bok!! Anna at first  holds a lawsuit against her parents for medical emancipation. she does not want to give her sister Kate, who has Lukemia her Kidney, meanwhile, Kate was dieing......  then, Kate meets Taylor, A guy that also has Lukemia! Their love flourishes as they realize that nothing is ever as it seems. Then Taylor dies, and the lawsuit trial has begun.  a Tear Jeriking book!
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A memorable book
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Reader reviewed by Hannah

My sister's keeper is about a girl, Anna, who was medically "designed" so that her DNA matched up with her sisters. Her sister is sick with a rare form of cancer and needs organs and such from her sister to live. Eventually she gets sick of always being in the hospital and begs Anna to get a lawyer and declare medical emancipation from her parents.Anna agrees and does just so. This book is definately a tear jerker. It makes you thank God for your health.My sister's keeper will keep you turning the pages as you wait to find out what happens to Anna and family. 

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Sad sad sad
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Reader reviewed by Megan S

This book is very very very sad! she was made just to save her sister! then she ends up wanting to sue her own parents for the rights to her body. But threw the whole story its just so sad that her mom could care less for her or her brother its all about her sister. That really bugged me! but she had her dad who was a fire fighter and she and him would always go outside and look at the stars. That was her favorite. But in the end she won the rights to her own body but ended up getting in a car accident and her sister/family ended up getting everything from her body anyways. I didnt like the end!!! but i do want to see the movie!
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Moving and Powerful
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Reader reviewed by Aud

My Sister's keeper is a very emotional and touching book. If you have a sister you will automatically get sucked into the story line. Kate has leukemia so the genetically engineered to have Anna to be a perfect match for Kate to save her life. Anna undergoes many procedures to save her sister. Every time Kate is in the hospital Anna is there too. This book keeps you guessing and you don't know where its going. Anna goes to a lawyer who agrees to represent her so she can be in control over her own body. She says she refuses to help Kate any more and is upset that no one seems to see her. Anna who is normally the peace keeper stands up and puts a rift in the family. If she doesn't give Kate her kidney she will die. This story is unique as it is told from every person's angle. You not only see the anguish that Anna is going through but also the flashbacks of their mother and father as well as the crazy behavior of their brother who gets over looked as well. The ending to this story is very surprising and by the end I was crying and calling my sister. It was a wonderful book!
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Touching
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Reader reviewed by Maddie

I have never cried in a book... until I read this one. It truly shows the bonds and love between sisters, and highlights the terrifying aspect of cancer within a family. I have never read a more sad and touching books. This is the best shown example of family love I have ever read, and I recommend it to anyone who dares to get their eyes wet.
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Breathtaking
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Reader reviewed by Tessa

WOW! this book was fantastic. i'm really looking forward to the movie and i hope they dont mess anything up. everything was so perfectly layed out in the book i hope the dont switch or add anything. this book had a suprising ending and thats what made me love this book so much. you really were hoping that everyone could understand eachother in the end. and once they did the one who made them understand was gone. this book made me cry. i recommed this book to my friends and someday when i have kids i will hope that they read this book too.

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