My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

2004, 423 pp.

Rating: 4




My Sister's Keeper is about a family with a deathly sick child and how that illness colors every decision they make. How far would you go to keep your child alive? Would you have another baby--even make it a "designer baby" that would be a perfectly matched donor for your sick child?

These questions are explored in the novel from all sides. There are multiple narrators. We get to hear from the mother, father, each sister, the brother, and others important to the story. I really liked the multiple points of view. Picoult takes a tough ethical issue and represents each side quite well. This was my first Picoult novel, and I look forward to reading more.

12 comments:

Sarah said...

I loved this book (as much as you can love a story like this, anyway). The other Picoult book I read is The Pact. The subject matter was so disturbing to me in The Pact that I said I'd never read another Picoult book. Then a friend insisted that I try My Sister's Keeper. I'm glad I did.

Amanda said...

I love Jodi Picoult and devour her every book. This one was my favorite. You should try Keeping Faith and Perfect Match too... but be aware, all of her novels are on really tough subjects.

Wendy said...

I just read and reviewed Keeping Faith on my blog - I really liked it (gave it a 4.5). This one is on my TBR shelf, so I'm glad you thought it was good!!

kookiejar said...

Like Sarah, I read 'The Pact' and found it quite disturbing, but I really enjoyed it. It challenges you to look at a tough subject from more than one point of view. I'd like to read more of her stuff, too.

Debi said...

I've never read any of her books, but have really been meaning to. This sounds like a good one to start with.

Beckyb said...

This is one of my favorite authors - I loved this one but I did also like The Pact. Some of her books are either too explicit for me or lose me in their subject matter, but most I do enjoy - I'm reading her latest, Nineteen Minutes right now, I am enjoying it so far as well.
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Suey said...

I started this book a year or so ago and just couldn't get into it. I think it was too depressing for me and I just wasn't in the mood for depressing. I'll have to pick it up and finish it sometime. The Pact is the only other one I've read and I enjoyed it okay. Her subjects are a little disturbing, aren't they.

Nyssaneala said...

My Sister's Keeper was the first Picoult book I read as well. I like her fresh, albeit depressing, take on some very controversial subjects.

Dewey said...

It was my first Picoult novel, too, and it made me want to read more!

Stephanie said...

I actually think this was my second Picoult. I think you hit it on the head. The best thing about her books is you get all sides to the story. I reveiwed Nineteen Minutes about 3 weeks ago. It's the one about the school shooting. She shows ever side of it...and it's a hard read. But well worth it!

I'm glad you liked this one !

Rhinoa said...

This book just keeps getting great reviews everywhere. I have read 2 of her books so far (The Pact and Vanishing Acts) and will definately be reading this at some point.

Bookaholic said...

Like all the others, I felt the power of this book. What I find so refreshing about Picoult is her ability to look at all of the different sides of the story (I've only read this, The Pact, and 19 Minutes), but each was gripping in its own way.

My sister had kidney failure abot 5 years ago, so I really related with the little sister (although I am older and wasn't born for "parts"). Picoult sure knows how to ask the tough questions, huh? I'm going to try and squeeze in "The Tenth Circle" at the end of this month.

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