Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Sister's Keeper by Jodie Picoult

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 pre-implantation 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.

My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

Here are a few quotes from what the Wendouree Teenage Book club thought of the book:


"Completely different from the movie"

"It made me sad and I felt like the movie was more accurate to real life than the book"

"Made you realise how much you should appreciate your health and family"

"It was so cruel to give birth to a child just for the reason to save another"

Rating - I give this 4/5 Not bad!l
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Reviewed by Wendouree Teenage Bookclub @ Wendouree branch

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