Family is one of the strongest bonds you can have. And it means doing anything for each other. Being there no matter what. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is a prime example of this as Anna fights with herself to keep her medical freedom or help her dying sister have a small chance at continuing to live.
Anna has just reached teenagehood and she is facing a battle that generally nobody – not even adults – have to face. She was genetically conceived to be the perfect DNA match for her older sister Kate who is dying of Leukemia. However, as she has grown older, she seems to have grown tired of being put through procedure after procedure for her sister. So, she is filing for medical emancipation to avoid having to give her sister a kidney. But doing this will cause a rift between the family that may be irreparable – and she may well lose her best friend – her sister – in the process.
Characters to Die For
Picoult literally has created to-die-for characters in this story. They are so beautifully crafted and so real that you wouldn’t be entirely surprised if you ran across them on the street. They each face their own personal battles whilst dealing with the issues Anna’s lawsuit brings upon them. And the combination of them portrays how families can have such diversity within them. You can feel their struggles as Picoult switches between character P.O.V.s every chapter and understand how they are all woven together. But despite their inner struggles and the main issue at hand, they are a family. And no matter what happens, they stick together to help Kate work through her medical suffering.
This book isn’t one I would say you will read in one sitting. But Picoult’s writing is addictive and you will want to devour it quickly. However, her words are so beautifully crafted that you will often find youself stepping back and giving this book a lot of thought as you progress through it. I will easily give this book a 5 out of 5 and recommend it to anyone over the age of 12 or 13. Full of tragedy, drama, comedy, and love, this is a book that you will cherish and carry with you long after you’ve reached the end.