New York Times best-selling 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 13 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.
©2004 Jodi Picoult (P)2004 Simon & Schuster
Up till the last 15 minutes, this was on the fast track to being one of the best books I'd ever listened to - I hadn't expected to be so moved by it, and the subject matter was handled in a way I hadn't anticipated at all. But the 'twist' at the end was so ham-fisted, poorly handled and flat out unnecessary for the overall message of the book, to the point of ruining the experience for me.
The audio quality and performance was mostly excellent, only issue I encountered was during a Brian chapter when he was talking to Mr Alexander, it became difficult to distinguish if someone was speaking or if it was Brians thoughts, and if someone was speaking, then who.
My Sisters Keeper starts off slow but gradually becomes extremely riveting towards the climax. The plot twist at the end of the story will have you on the edge of your seat. This story made me cry multiple times!! 👍🏼
"Lifetime movie material"
If you are interested in reading a lifetime movie instead of watching one, you are in luck. The vocal performances were passable, but brought too much schlocky subtext for my palate. That said, if you need a chill beach read and a good cry, have at it.
"Not the ending you think"
Spellbinding. The twist and turn keep you on edge. This story brings so many emotions. Anger, tears, sorrow and a feeling of has medical advances and science gone to far.
Anna comes across as a lovable confused teen who only want to fit in. She is afraid of disappointing and losing the love of her parents.
Jesse in. One word is lost
Brian runs away from the home issue thru his work. Fighting fires give him the control he's loss due to terminal illness.
Sarah is pretty easy to dislike. After she is determined to have her way regardless of who falls victim. She has 3 children, but is all consumed with care of only one. She grabs the idea to create a life as a means to get life saving parts. She reminds her husband when he disagrees with her plans "Anna was created with genetic engineering to be a donor for her sister"
Ready to hate and paint mom as a cold hearted bitch that ignores both children except the ill one. Who marginalize her her husband? What you you do to save your child, how far you you go? I came away not Judging in the end. Like I say lots of twist and turns. Not the ending you expect.
"So many emotions"
This book throws so many obstacles, points of view, feelings are all over the place. You will laugh, cry, relate. You can feel this book on a personal level. It makes you open your eyes to the fact that some people actually go through this everyday. Be thankful for what you have and the opportunity to read/listen to this book.
A wise and beautiful book about choices and love and secrets and deep emotions. The ending is a twist that wrenched my heart.
"I couldn't stop listening to it! "
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartbreaking book. The cast members were magnificent and Jodi's grasp of theme and story weaving is palpable.
This was probably the best audiobook I have ever listened to! I couldn't put it down! Wow!
"what else can I say other than oh my god..."
what an amazing book. a tiny bit predictable but that didn't seem to take away much.
"Just too sad"
I really liked this book until the ending. It was just too sad. And I'm actually super into intense and sad books (Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald is one of my favourites), but this was dreadful and felt unnecessary. The book was (mostly) fantastic, and the voice actors were amazing, but spare yourself the heartache and stop before the final chapters!
"Strong beginning, didn't like the ending"
I was really invested in this book- but I wasn't satisfied with the ending. It was trying so hard to be poetic that I felt like the author got lost.
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