Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author: 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.
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.
My Rating: 9.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was lovely, a great moral dilemma in the story and I loved how it we had perspectives of the entire family and main characters. Picoult did an amazing job at addressing a controversial issue as well as addressing all those affected by a family member with cancer and the emotional experiences a family goes through to help the one affected by this. You could really feel the turmoil this family went through. Anna and her Brother were the most memorable characters, as they were the ones that hit you the most when they had a voice. I really disliked the mother of the story, I think she was selfish and cruel to both her daughters, her son and husband. Pretty much everyone around her, but it is because of the situation she's in. Everyone deals with it differently, and it is done very well. And I was in for a HUGE shock at the end. The whole book is a tear jerker, have a box of Kleenexes ready. You will need them.
Would I recommend it to read: Oh yeah. This book is amazing times 10. I don't think there's anyway to put it. If you are debating on buying/reading it. Do it. You won't regret it. This is a story that will really make you think, and connect to you on an emotional level. With characters that are hard to forget.
What to read next: Memory Keeper's Daughter, Time Traveller's Wife,The Girls (I didn't like the Girls, but the stories have similarities in connections to the character's and what not)