My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
A Novel

75%

13 Critic Reviews

But here's a warning, this book is extremely sad, but don't let that put you off. It addresses the harshness of life and the fact life isn't fair. It may seem all doom and gloom but there are some sweet, funny and touching moments.
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Synopsis

New York Times bestselling 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 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.
 
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Critic reviews for My Sister's Keeper
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Rachael on Jun 15 2011

But here's a warning, this book is extremely sad, but don't let that put you off. It addresses the harshness of life and the fact life isn't fair. It may seem all doom and gloom but there are some sweet, funny and touching moments.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jamie Kelm on Feb 14 2013

Recommended for anyone who enjoys family-centered fiction or stories that portray an individual's struggle with real world issues.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Reese on Apr 02 2004

Like the B actors on Lifetime, Picoult's characters get the message across, but you won't remember them in a year, a month, or even a week.

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Greenwich Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Roma on Dec 04 2010

I would most definitely recommend this book. My Sister's Keeper is well written and so powerful. Like the main characters, I believe the bonds of family are so important. This is one of my all time favorite books.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by SheaN. on Aug 28 2014

Overall, I rate this novel a 9.5 out of 10. Although I recommend it to people ages 12-16, I especially recommend it to those with a sister. Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper is a definite must-read!

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by pbrown12 on Aug 28 2014

This book is sprinkled with bittersweet emotional moments. Tiny phrases grab your heart and twist you deeper into the story.

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Parental Book Reviews

Excellent
on Aug 28 2014

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a sad, but inspirational story...The author teaches you to appreciate what you have indirectly, by telling you a fascinating, motivating story.

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Booking in Heels

Good
Reviewed by Hanna Whitehead on Aug 21 2014

...you never doubt that either of Anna's parents genuinely love her. That's the beauty of Jodi Picoult's wonderful writing - you can really understand the conflicting emotions behind every character and see their confusion. They each seem so real, they're never cardboard cut-outs with only one emotion.

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Good
Reviewed by Debbie Roome on Jan 09 2010

The story unfolds with the skilful use of flashbacks interspersed with current happenings and readers feel as though the action is in their own living room.

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Book Rap

Good
on Nov 22 2014

Ms. Picoult certainly did not shy away by leaving the ending to our imagination, which a lesser author may have done. We are challenged to think through the horns of this ethical dilemma.

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Reading Matters

Above average
Reviewed by kimbofo on Feb 27 2005

On the whole, while My Sister's Keeper didn't really grab me by the jugular, I thought it was an interesting and entertaining read.

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Rivers I Have Known

Below average
Reviewed by Amritorupa Kanjilal on May 06 2013

A large part of the story was completely unnecessary and at least 40 % of the book could have and should have been edited out. All the characters have boring, long winded backstories...The thing is, I loved the IDEA of this book, but unfortunately Jodi Picoult had nothing close to the talent required to pull it off.

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I'm Loving Books

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah on Mar 29 2012

...if you’re in the mood for something sad and involving a lot of drama and grief of sorts, then you will probably enjoy it. But be sure to read it when you’re in that mood, because you probably won’t enjoy it otherwise.

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