Book Review: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Title: My Sister's Keeper
By: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 423
Release Date: February 1st, 2005
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister's Keeper is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.


I knew this book was going to be hard to get through, but I didn't realize how hard it was going to be. We follow Anna, a thirteen year old girl who was born for one thing... To keep her sister alive.

With the help of a lawyer, she fights for her right to be emancipated medically from her parents so she can make her own decisions about her health and what she does with her body. I won't give away the end, but its not what you expect. I was bawling for an hour and had to hid from my kids so they wouldn't know that mommy way crying over a book.

This was a heartfelt story that reaches deep down into your soul and rips it out. You want to feel for both sides, but you know that something has to give. Something that will tear this family apart. What would you do?

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