Thursday, December 9, 2010
Review: My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
Finished: December 5th, 2010
Summary Of Book(Shelfari):
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.
There. My review is complete and utter silence. I'm seriously speechless. This book was my first (and definitely not my last) book by the amazing author of Jodi Picoult. Who would have thought you could have a new favorite author by just one book? Certainly not I. Most of us need at least 2 or 3 books by them that we actually like before considering them as a favorite author. Is it possible for this to happen more than once in a year? I've had this happen with Rick Riordan, Lisa Schroeder, Lisa McMann, Agatha Christie and now, Jodi Picoult. Amazing, right?
I think what really made this book hit home, is that my family has a long line of medical issues. My great aunt had trouble with her heart, my brother has kidney failure, my sister had problems with her heart, my grandmother has diabetes. A long, long list. But my brother having kidney failure and the same sort of thing with Kate, it's almost the same thing.
I suppose I would do the same thing as Anna. Sue my parents, I mean. But in the end, I'd probably hand over the kidney. But it wouldn't change the fact that I love my brother. And if I have the right kidney for him, I'd give it to him in a heartbeat. Pain or no pain. This isn't about controlling your family. This is about making the right decisions and living with the consequences.
Anna thought she made the right choice, suing her parents. I mean, we all have our own mistakes to take care of and fix. She thought it was right at the time, and I think that I would do it! If I was born specially for my dying sister, I'd hand it over, but first fight for what's right.
When Anna was on trial, it was hard to even breath as she answered the questions. Telling everyone the secrets she kept. I mean, if her mother didn't pay that close of attention to Kate and know this stuff, then what kind of mother is that? One that thought she knew everything? One that thought she was making the right choices? For Kate, or for Anna?
The questions still swim around in my head, every day. Asking me what to do. What to do with my life. And I think the right choice, is to follow my heart.
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