Teen Review: MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult

Posted 15 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

Final Grade: 93/A
YA Realistic Fiction
423 pages
Available now
Personal copy

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?  –from Goodreads.com

Julia’s Thoughts: This book was two words: Freaking. Amazing. I absolutely loved this book. It was awesome, and the book made me cry. Four times, actually. I think it was very heartbreaking how Anna wanted to sue her parents and not help her sister but the I realized she was helping her sister by doing that because Kate wanted to die. I think she was sick of going into treatment and just not having a normal life like it used to be. Anna and Kate were both sick of fighting and they were both ready to let go.

Through all of this, Anna went through so much fighting and crying and screaming and stress just to help her sister, I think she became a stronger person. I loved how, when everything was going on, Kate and Anna stayed close, and they were like best friends. They were there for each other, and Anna was never mad at her sister, they understood each other.

(SPOILER ALERT) The only thing I didn’t really like about the story was the ending. I just didn’t think it was very good. Anna won the lawsuit, and they left the court but, on the way to the hospital, Anna was in a wreck and was killed. So, it turns out Kate got the kidney transplant and lived, even though Anna died. The movie was much better because Anna lived and Kate died and both of them got what they wanted. I think it brought peace to Anna and her family.

Overall, I would give this book a 93/A. It was fantastic, and I would read it again.

TEEN REVIEWER JULIA: Sweet girl who loves to dance, draw and hand out with friends. She wants to be a brain surgeon and be very successful.

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2 Responses to “Teen Review: MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult”

  1. This book was very interesting and kept my attention the entire time. I cried of course but I would do it again. It is full of emotion, imagination, love and makes a great story line.