My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
A Novel

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My Sister's Keeper is a deeply moving novel on one of the most sensitive issues known to mankind. A novel which will definitely cause tears.
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this powerful family drama that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to be a good person.

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.
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published April 6, 2004 by Atria Books. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by ThePinkElephant on Oct 17 2012

My Sister's Keeper is a deeply moving novel on one of the most sensitive issues known to mankind. A novel which will definitely cause tears.

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Below average
Reviewed by Rachel Potter on Jan 27 2014

Ultimately, the main conflict in My Sister’s Keeper goes unanswered...A surprise twist late in the book gives a sort of resolution to Kate’s problem, but, like the rest of the book, it’s manipulative on the part of the author.

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