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My Sisters’ Keeper by Jodi Picoult

>> Saturday, March 3, 2007

13 year old Anna Fitzgerald knows very well that she was conceived to save her older sister Kate. Kate has a rare form of Leukemia and Anna’s embryo was chosen by her parents because it was the best genetic match for Kate. The ethical and familial dilemmas in this situation are just innumerable. The thing I love about Jodi Picoult’s books is that she can make me see and think about multiple sides of whatever issue she chooses to write about. In this book, that is enhanced by several of the main characters taking turns telling their own viewpoint. I liked the added touch that each character also had their chapters printed in a different font. I’ve never seen that in a multiple narrator book and it was an interesting and effective touch.

At its heart, this is a story about how a diagnosis of a serious, chronic and ultimately terminal disease can be devastating to all members of a family. Sometimes there just isn’t one right answer, and Picoult does her usual excellent job of telling why.

18 comments:

Lisa Jean 3/03/2007 11:58 AM  

I really liked this book, too. She really knows how to build tension when she jumps POV.

Lynne 3/03/2007 12:06 PM  

I've read most of Picoult's books and I think this one is my favorite. I'm anxious to read her new one which comes out soon.

nessie 3/03/2007 4:53 PM  

everytime i see that cover i think of how i have to read that book. dam!

SuziQoregon 3/03/2007 9:25 PM  

Lisa Jean: thanks for stopping by. This is the book that made me start reading Jodi Picoult - I went back and started with her first and finally made it to this one.

Lynne: I think her books just keep getting better and better. I love how she can make me see and empathize with multiple sides of an issue.

Nessie: read it :-)

Les 3/04/2007 10:49 AM  

I posted this over on my blog in response to your comment on Harvesting the Heart, but thought I'd share my opinion here as well:

5/5 (Very Good) - This easily could've been read in a day or two, as it was very engrossing. Picoult is a superb narrator, handling multiple voices adeptly and convincingly. Her ability to draw the reader in and care about the characters is exceptional. I had to remind myself I was reading fiction and not get too upset with where the story was leading me. As with all the Picoult's novels I've read thus far, *My Sister's Keeper* is well-researched and so believable. My emotions were all over the place as I read the book. Anger (with the mother), irritation (with Campbell), compassion (for Jessie), overwhelming sadness (for the entire family), and awe (for the bravery of both girls). Very thought-provoking and sure to stay with me a long, long time.

Bookfool 3/04/2007 3:58 PM  

Oh, dear. I may have to read this one. I keep thinking I know a little too much about this book and yet I'm not sure that matters because it sounds like such an interesting story.

SuziQoregon 3/04/2007 4:09 PM  

Les: Thanks for posting your comments here - I agree with all you said.

Bookfool: I thought that by the time I finally got through her earlier books and to this one that I also knew too much about it. There was so very much more there than what I thought. Read it.

Booklogged 3/05/2007 5:58 PM  

I loved this book, too. Picoult is masterful at getting the reader to see multiple sides of an issue.

SuziQoregon 3/05/2007 7:24 PM  

Booklogged - I agree and I think she just keeps getting better.

Alexis Jacobs 3/05/2007 9:44 PM  

This is one of my all time favorite books. Jodi Picoult rocks. I can't wait to read her new book, which comes out TODAY!!

Bookfool 3/06/2007 5:48 PM  

You've convinced me. :)

SuziQoregon 3/06/2007 7:57 PM  

Alexis: thanks for stopping by - I've got a few more till I'm up to her newest, but I've heard good things about it.

Bookfool: hee hee

Framed 3/10/2007 6:19 PM  

I remember reading this book some time ago. It was so well done and I liked the ending. Very unexpected.

SuziQoregon 3/13/2007 8:10 PM  

Framed: I agree - not the ending I expected at all. I'm surprised that with as many people as I know that have read this book, no one spoiled the ending.

That's the good thing about hanging out with real booklovers :-)

Karen :) 3/23/2007 3:07 PM  

This sounds so fascinating that I just bought it. Will start it next!

LOVE YOUR BLOG, Q!!!

K :)

SuziQoregon 3/23/2007 7:13 PM  

Oh Karen - please let me know what you think of it.

Karen :) 4/22/2007 2:37 PM  

OMG! Q! This is one of the best books I have ever read. Even if it DID make me cry.

Loved the different character perspectives in different fonts. That added so much interest and clarity to the story.

One thing that lightened up the book and made me chuckle were Campbell's multiple reasons for having a service dog. :P

Now I have to decide which one I want to read next. I am leaning towards the one about the Amish.

Thanks for blogging this one!!!

SuziQoregon 4/22/2007 6:33 PM  

Karen: I'm so glad you liked it. I agree that Campbell's reasons for the service dog were funny. I think you'll really like Plain Truth.

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