February 26, 2012

Book Review: My Sister's Keeper





Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult

Synopsis:
     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 questioned… 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?

Thoughts on the Book:
     Jodi Picoult did it once again!!! This book is one of a kind! This is the second Picoult novel I've read, next to House Rules, and I think this one is better.
     What I like most on Picoult's writing is her way of showing how each character feels and thinks. All her characters have their own spotlights. They have their own parts where they shine.
     I like how she introduced the APL disease (APL: Abbreviation for acute promyelocytic leukemia) through this book. It was very well-researched - from the symptoms, to the after effects and the possible solutions to the disease. It was well-discussed.
     I was amazed with how knowledgeable she was with the newest technology that has something to do with the stem cells. She's really good. It just shows how much effort she put in order to write a beautiful book like this.
     I love how she established the characters and how she connected their relationships.
     The book is really beautiful. It talks about family. It shows how the love of a family can be a great support in overcoming struggles we have in life.
     The ending was unexpected. I just got a glimpse of how the story might end when his father got an emergency call. It was so sad.

Quotes from the Book:
"When you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
"The bottom line is that we never fall for the people we're supposed to." 
"Why are terms of endearment always food? Honey, cookie, sugar, pumpkin. It's not like caring about someone is enough to actually sustain you." 
"Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it." 
"Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least." 
"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love than in spite of the fact that they're not."
 Rating: 5/5

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