Five Star February: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Title:  My Sister’s Keeper
Author  Jodi Picoult
Summary: 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.

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Why I Loved It: Not my usual fare, let’s just say that this one strikes close to home.  My eldest has one kidney and while we did not have the next one for that reason, there will always be the question “What if the worst happens and the youngest is the only match.”
Who would like this This one is hard to recommend.  For me it was a tearjerker, full on tissues needed read.  And the story sucker punched me over and over.  But it is about love and family and sisters which are all good things.
Favorite Quotes: “You know how every now and then, you have a moment where your whole life stretches out ahead of you like a forked road, and even as you choose one gritty path you’ve got your eyes on the other the whole time, certain that you’re making a mistake.””There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it’s the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It’s far easier than telling ourselves the truth.”

“Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it. There is always another appointment to be met, another bill to pay, another symptom presenting, another uneventful day to be notched onto the wooden wall. We have synchronized our watches, studied our calendars, existed in minutes, and completely forgotten to step back and see what we’ve accomplished.”

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One thought on “Five Star February: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

  1. I love Picoult and how she address such "tough" issues. I loved this book, though it is a hard one to read and I am careful who I refer it to myself. Sucker punch is a great way to explain the reactions throughout it!

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