My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
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 is the perfect book about what it means to be a family, and a sister. I’m torn between recommending this book to every single person I meet or telling them never to read it, because it will rip them apart. I cried for hours after I read it. Picoult’s writing style and fully developed characters brought the story to life. I never doubted for a second the love Anna had for Kate, or her need for freedom. This book threw me for some loops, some good and some bad, but all handled excellently by Picoult.
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