My Sister’s Keeper Book Review by Adele S.

Jodi Picoult knows how to keep readers flipping through pages of a book like they’re on fire. Her best example is the wildly successful My Sister’s Keeper about a 16 year-old girl, Kate, who has leukemia and her younger sister, Anna, who was born to provide any bodily functions her sister needed. When Kate needs a kidney, Anna seeks medical emancipation from her parents and on goes an adventure of standing up for yourself, having the right to make decisions, take risks, and of course, the most recognized theme of all-love.

The characters of My Sister’s Keeper are what makes it so intriguing. They are told from several character’s point of view. First, there’s Anna, a young girl who just wants to have her voice heard for once in her life. Then, there’s Kate, whom we never know what she really wants. Jesse, their older brother, is the rebel, the one who has been forgotten once the trouble with Kate started. The parents, Sarah and Brian, are drifting apart as they try to pick what’s best for their family, though they have very different ideas. It’s not just the family that keeps you on your toes(or should I say your fingers about to flip the page?)-there’s Anna’s lawyer, Campbell Alexander, a man who likes to think he knows what he’s doing and who he is when really, he is just as lost as young Anna. Julie Romano, Anna’s representative, is just like Campbell-thinks she’s gotten it under control-until her and Campbell meet again after their break-up all those years ago and fall in love once more. Campbell and Julie’s love story is just as interesting as Anna’s.

The story is nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. A young girl refusing to give a body part that her older sister needs, or else she will die? Just to have her voice be heard? I couldn’t belive it, but as I read on, my opnions were constantly twisted around. Each character has to dig deep inside themself and figure out what they want, how they feel, what they should do, how they should do it, and whether it’s worth it at all. There are many memorable quotes in this book, which made me stop and think.

Examples:

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”

“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.”

“Do you know how sometimes-when you are riding your bike and you start skidding across the sand, or when you miss a step and start tumbling down the stairs-you have those long, long seconds to know that you are going to be hurt, and badly?”

“The bottom line is that we never fall for people we’re supposed to.”

The book is tough. Of course, the parts where it describes the hurt that Kate must go through, the blood and vomit and tears, is difficult to stomach. But so is the story of decisions and love. A good word for the book? Raw. It’s difficult. It makes you stop and just think. It makes you shake your heard or flinch, it makes your eyes wet or your stomach spin. There is never one point where I was bored or thinking that it was a bad decision to read the book. Every moment, good or bad, touched you somehow.

Overall, this book is something you can’t miss out on. The ending will leave your jaw hanging and every moment in between will effect you in another way. The characters may seem diverse at first, but really, they all have one thing in common-they’re just trying to find themselves in amidst of the problem in whole. There’s plenty of action and love and questions you never thought you’d ask about life. The best part of all is finding those answers.

Overall, on a scale of 1-10, 1 being terrible and 10 being classic, I give this book a:

9/10

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