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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Jodi Picoult

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Member:jbrahney
Title:My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Authors:Jodi Picoult
Info:Washington Square Press (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 448 pages
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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2004)

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    Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult (AllieAldy)
    AllieAldy: Another phenomenal book by Jodi Picoult, draws you in and is as suspenseful as My Sister's Keeper.
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    Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (kiwiflowa)
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    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (_Zoe_)
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    The Spare Room by Helen Garner (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult may be paired with The Spare Room by Helen Garner.
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    While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky (dara85)
    dara85: Both books are about sisters and their love/hate relationships. One sister is faced with a life threating situation.
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    Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (kaledrina)
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    The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Like My Sister's Keeper, The Dive from Clausen's Pier is a provocative novel that asks a difficult, complex question -- what responsibility do we have to ourselves and to those we love?
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    The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These two novels share similar subject matter (the use of individuals expressly for the donation of organs). However, The Unit is set in a dystopian near-future while My Sister's Keeper is strictly contemporary.
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    The Client by John Grisham (ShannonMDE)
    ShannonMDE: I think My Sister's Keeper had the feel of early John Grisham back when he wrote about people instead of corporations.
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    Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (CasualFriday)
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    Pieces of My Sister's Life by Elizabeth Joy Arnold (SaraAllison)
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    Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (corneggs)
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    72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell (howelson)
    howelson: Bebe Moore Campbell explores another medical issue affecting family, bipolar disorder.
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    The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley (_Zoe_)
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    How Do You Say Goodbye by Pam Logan (MichelleRuda)
    MichelleRuda: Another one of those books that sucks you in and makes you cry. I love it!
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    Perfect by Natasha Friend (BookLover07)
    BookLover07: The book, " Perfect" by Natasha Friend, is such an eye catching book about a 13 year old who is over-whelmed with her body, that she pressures herself to throw up, to make her look thinner. Just when you think that was shocking, read on what happens next (:… (more)
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Thought-provoking, sometimes moving, sometimes frustrating, and occasionally humorous. Written from several alternating points of view, this is fast-paced and full of interesting subplots as well as a primary ethical dilemma. Unfortunately, the ending was disappointing and rather let it down. Still, I'm glad I read it. I'd seen such mixed reviews that I'd been put off, and had worried that it would be over-morbid. It wasn't at all - it was very readable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
great read. A teenage girl, who was concieved to be a donor for her sister, sues her parent for medical emancipation. The story is told from the points of view of all family members and the lawyer. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
great read. A teenage girl, who was concieved to be a donor for her sister, sues her parent for medical emancipation. The story is told from the points of view of all family members and the lawyer. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Well written novel about an ill child and the impact on the rest of the family. Each chapter from a different viewpoint.

Picoult specialises in writing about difficult topics, in this case of a mother - not surprisingly - giving more attention to her sick daughter than to the rest of her family including the daughter conceived to be a tissue match to help her big sister.

Written with sympathy and not supplying any easy answers. ( )
  LARA335 | Jan 22, 2016 |
This book was an amazing read, and I really enjoyed it. A lot of people are hating on Sara's character, but I think that she loves all of her children, and that she's just misunderstood. Sara just couldn't let Kate die and I suppose that it would be excruciating to let one of your kids die, especially when you know there's a way to fix it. I also think Anna was right though. Ironically, I think the least developed of all the characters was Kate. She seemed weak and shallow, but it was easy to feel sympathy for her. I feel like I never understood Kate completely during the book. All the rest of the characters were very developed, mostly through flashbacks in Brian's, Sara's, Campbell's, and Julia's cases. This book wasn't very plot heavy or medical term heavy and focused mostly on the relationships between Anna and the other characters. The plot twist was so heartbreaking. I never imagined that it would happen how it did. It was a better ending than I imagined though. The hero saves the victim, but the hero dies. I finally understood Kate during the epilogue. She wasn't fine right after she is saved by Anna, she almost dies and has a lingering feeling of guilt throughout the epilogue. The line that broke my heart was when Kate said that she survived because someone else had to go, and that was Anna, and how Kate says that she should be dead because Anna was so full of life and it wasn't fair for her to die. I wanted Julia to be a bit of a smaller part in the book and Jesse and Brian's characters to be focused on more. Their feelings about Sara's decisions weren't focused on and we never got to see exactly what exactly they were thinking. This book was so conflicting, Kate was sick, but Anna was also a human being. Anna was a very complex character, she wanted to save Kate, but she also wanted to live and give Kate what she really wants. She craved her mother's approval, but went against her to help Kate.
  Hayfastutman | Jan 21, 2016 |
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This all feels like some awkward combination of a sci-fi novel and a movie on the Lifetime Channel.
 
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Anna er ikke syk, men hun kunne like gjerne vært det. I løpet av sitt trettenårige liv har hun gjennomgått utallige operasjoner. Hun har nemlig blitt satt til verden for at hennes beinmarg skal redde den eldre søsteren, Kate, fra leukemien hun lider av. Men nå har Anna for første gang begynt å stille spørsmål ved hvem hun egentlig er, og hvem hun ønsker å være. Er hun noe mer enn sin søsters livredder?

For Anna tvinger det seg fram en umulig avgjørelse. En avgjørelse som skal splitte familien og som kanskje får fatale følger for Kate.

Min søsters vokter er en sterk og gripende bok om en familie som befinner seg i en uløselig situasjon. Jodi Picoult er en mester i å skrive innsiktsfullt og engasjerende om viktige moralske spørsmål, og holder leseren fanget helt til siste side er lest.
 
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Epigraph
No one starts a war - or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so - without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it. - Carl Von Clausewitz, Vom Kriege.
Brother, I am fire
Surging under ocean floor.
I shall never meet you, brother--
Not for years, anyhow;
Maybe thousands of years, brother.
Then I will warm you,
Hold you close, wrap you in circles,
Use you and change you--
Maybe thousands of years, brother.
---Carl Sandburg, "Kin"
My candle burns at both ends. It will not last the night. But oh my foes and oh my friends! It makes a lovely light! --Edna St. Vincent Millay "First Fig"
I will read ashes for you, if you ask me.
I will look in the fire and tell you from the gray lashes
And out of the red and black tongues and stripes,
I will tell how fire comes
And how fire runs as far as the sea.
---Carl Sandburg, "Fire Pages"
You, if you were sensible, When I tell you the stars flash signals, each one dreadful, You would not turn and answer me "The night is wonderful." --D.H. Lawrence, "Under the Oak"
Dedication
To the Currans: The best family members we're not technically related to. thanks for being such a big part of our lives.
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When I was little, the great mystery to me wasn't how babies were made, but why.
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In my family, we seem to have a tortured history of not saying what we ought to and not meaning what we do.
[My sister] and I are Siamese twins; you just can't see the spot where we're connected. Which makes separation that much more difficult.
True love is felonious. You take someone's breath away. You rob them of the ability to utter a single word. You steal a heart. It's not a misdemeanor... once you're in, it's for life. (paraphrased)
The human capacity for burden is like bamboo-- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.
Summertime is a collective unconscious. We all remember the notes that made up the song of the ice cream man; we all know what it feels like to brand our thighs on a playground slide that's heated up like a knife ina fire; we all have lain on our backs with our eyes closed and our hearts beating across the surface of our lids, hoping that this day will stretch just a little longer than the last one, when in fact it's all going in the other direction.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743454537, Paperback)

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

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.

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Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body. New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. 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. When their parents ask her to donate a kidney, Anna has had enough. She enlists the aid of a lawyer and announces her intention to sue for control of her own body. 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?… (more)

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