Sunday, August 16, 2015

[Review By Courtney] My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Page Count: 423 
Published On: April 6, 2004 
Published By: Simon & Schuster, Inc 
Genre(s): Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, Drama, Adult, YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Family, Fiction
Source: Print, Paperback 
Age Rating: PG-14 

Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

Courtney's Rating: 5 stars 

Twitter: @jodipicoult

Goodreads synopsis: 

        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.


Heey guys! 

        My name is Courtney and Olivia has been so nice and is allowing me to guest blog on here! So here's a few fun facts about me before I get into the review. 
1) I LOVE Winnie the Pooh 
2) I want to move to the beach one day
3) Olivia got me back into reading our freshman year of high school (thank you dear) 
4) I hate reading series and I usually only read contemporaries, but I'm open to suggestions of other genres 

        Last New Year's Day Olivia, her sister, one of our friends and I ended up in a Goodwill. At this Goodwill I found My Sisters Keeper. It wasn't till this summer while in summer school that I read the book (I know I'm late getting on the bandwagon). Before reading this book I had watched the movie like a hundred times and had expectations going into the book. My expectations were definitely met and then some with this book. This was my first Jodi Picoult book and it made me fall in love with her writing. 

What I Loved: 

  • I liked how the book flashed back to before and during Kate's diagnoses. It helped me relate to the characters better and understand how they all got to where they are now.
  • I love how the book made me think. It raised questions like Does Anna have the obligation to risk her health, possibly life to save her sister? Where is the line between what is legal and what is morally right in a situation like this? How do you choose between risking one daughters life to potentially save your other daughter. I personally believe these kinds of questions can't be answered unless you were to be put into a situation like this. 
  • After finishing this book it stayed with me for a few weeks. I couldn't get the story or characters out of my head and I believe it shows how good of a book it really is.

 What I Didn't Like: 

  • I hated the ending. The ending to the book is different to the movie and I honestly preferred the movie ending. Since reading My Sisters Keeper I have read Picoult's book Nineteen Minutes and I'm currently reading Salem Falls. What I have realized that her books have "twist" endings. These endings have made me mad and made me feel like they weren't necessary to the story. 

My Favorite Character: Kate is my favorite. She is so unselfish and would rather die than put her family through any more hurt. She is the reason Anna try's to get emancipation from her parents medically.

My Least Favorite Character: Umm my least favorite character has to be that lawyer dude. It's great what he's doing and all but it isn't till the end that he shows any compassion to Anna.

Other than that this author has won me over and I'd recommend everyone to read at least one of her books 

Thank you to Olivia for allowing me to guest blog on here and thank you to you guys for reading my review!

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Hey guys! 

        I hope you loved Courtney's review as much as I did. She's been my best friend since our freshman year, and it's been a real blessing to have her in my life. I've also not hopped onto the My Sister's Keeper bandwagon, but I plan to do so really soon! Comment down below if you've read the book and if you love it as much as Courtney. I remember her messaging me right after she had just finished the book, and she was a mess...then and there I realized I was eventually going to read the will happen before the end of the year...I promise haha...anyway! Hope you guys enjoyed this review! I'll try to keep to the reviewing schedule, but until I get back into the flow of school that may take a couple weeks so bear with me.  Thanks guys!

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This was from New Years Eve, a few hours before we went to
Goodwill & Courtney got My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
[from left to right:] Sarah (my twin), Courtney, & Me