>> 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.