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My sisters keeper
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Member Name: Whizz11
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Advantages: Well written, emotional
I have been reading Jodi Picoult books for a number of years now and find them an interesting read, a fairly easy read but one that always has me thinking about the subject matter for quite a while afterwards so I would definitely call them thought-provoking books.
According to an article I read, "Jodi Lynn Picoult was born May 19, 1966 and is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide."
I have read quite a few of Jodi Picoult's books now and I am a big fan. She is the UK's number one bestselling women's fiction author. I like the fact that she often asks a question on the front of her books and gets you thinking about it before you have even read it. It might be clever marketing on her side but it definitely draws you to her books, get you hooked and then you want to read on and on. I first read this book quite a few years ago now and then when the film came out with Cameron Diaz I re-read it again so I could remember the book again and could compare it to the film which I thought was good, but then again I much prefer the book version of most things and this book is no exception. On the front of My Sisters Keeper Picoult writes, "The only way to save your daughter is to sacrifice her sister. What would you do?
As a mum this book really really tugs at the heart strings and I'm not sure what I would do to be honest, its such a horrible thing to go through, the sickness of a child so I think this is why I liked it because I could relate to those feelings of love. This book, like most of her other books involves a court case and so quite a lot of the book devoted to a trial involving the lawyers, those on trial etc and the people around them. Anna Fitzgerald suffers from leukemia, a blood and bone marrow cancer and Kate, her younger sister was actually conceived so she could be a life saver for her older sister. I think she was definitely wanted for her too but its such a blurred line where he parents are concerned, do they love her or do they love the fact that she may be able to save Anna's life. Kate helps her sister over the years but when she gets to 13 she has to donate a kidney and this is where she says enough is enough, she doesn't want to do it any more and she fights her parents in court for medical emancipation, a situation where she does not have to agree to their decisions any more and can make them herself. Kate has help from a lawyer, Campbell Alexander. I am not going to spoil the rest of the story for you if you have not read this book before but there are quite a few twists and turns and lots of tears along the way. I really enjoyed it if enjoyed is the right way to describe this book, its very sad but also uplifting in some places too.
I think Picoult has done a great job of developing different characters and how they interact with each other. The back stories in this book are good too and add to the present day story line in my opinion. I think sometimes though if you have read quite a lot of her books you might get a bit bored as they all follow the same format and sometimes you can kind of guess where the story is headed but having said that if the subject matter grabs you then you will still be interested in the book.
Her books are a step above Chick Lit as we know it but I think on whole they are quite easy to read, very engaging as I find most of them to be page turners and want to keep on reading and in most cases I would say these books are aimed at women although I can see men reading them too. What I like also is that Picoult tends to do a lot of research into her books and really knows her subject matter as the court case has quite a lot of information as does the leukemia too.
My version is a paperback. It cost me £5.99, has 432 pages and an ISBN number of 978-0340960509
Summary: My sisters keeper