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My Sister's Keeper

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  801,156 Ratings  ·  28,959 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells 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 surgerie
Hardcover, Large Print, 712 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by Atria Books (first published 2004)
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Gianna Those were my exact emotions while reading the ending of this book. It was so heart wrenching and sad but was also very beautifully written along with…moreThose were my exact emotions while reading the ending of this book. It was so heart wrenching and sad but was also very beautifully written along with the rest of the book that I couldn't help but also be happy on the inside. The way everything ended really caught me and probably everybody by surprise! So many emotions while reading this book :O(less)
UKEXPAT74 No! You're not alone. I didn't think much of it either. I cannot recommend it and will never read it again.

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Dec 03, 2013 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans, chick lit fans
Shelves: misc
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 11, 2009 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**If you're planning on reading this book, don't read my review. I give away the horribly disappointing ending. On second thought, don't read this book, read my review.**

I know several people who have read this book, so I decided to give it a go. I was immediately intrigued by the subject of the book. The Fitzgerald family has one daughter, Kate, dying of kidney failure. The kidney failure is a result of her weary body's 14 year battle with a rare form of leukemia. Their other daughter, Anna, is
Jun 08, 2007 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I said before: I'm still reading this book but I'm not sure why. My mom lent me the book and she loved it, everyone tells me they loved it and I'm sort of hating it while I read. I just want to finish it and move on. Maybe I'll change my tune when it's over.

Well... I hate it less, but I'm still not in love with it. I think I know the problem, though. It's Jodi Picoult. My mom loves her, my sister loves her, everyone I know loves her and I can't stand her. She just writes in this odd way that
Jun 30, 2007 Lobeck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like trash pop fiction
this book is a shameless and unskillful manipulation of human emotions. i felt dirty when i was done with it. the story is on par with cheap natural disaster movies like deep impact that are formulated to tug at your heartstrings in very predictable ways. the author painfully over uses the dramatic blackout technique where she writes a line that's trying too hard to be clever or profound and then fades to black - aka, leaves extra space before the next paragraph or ends a chapter - sometimes wit ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Bex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
This was a horrible read.
Premise: Great. Should be really interesting.
Execution: Terrible.

Ending: Basically the worst ending I've ever read in anything. Ever.

Wish: I wish someone had spoken up after the first read and called out the author on some of the really bad plot devices and decisions in this book. Just like someone should have stopped George Lucas before Episodes 1-3. This could have been good- really good. But it just wasn't.
Jun 13, 2007 Sammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-the-best
This book was stunning. In writing, in style, in plot, in character! It truly is one of those books that you really can't stop reading. Especially for me, because in a way it took me back to my Lurlene McDaniel days. Did anyone ever read her? She was always writing books about different teenagers and young children with terminal illnesses. I was addicted to those books. So it was no surprise when the young reader in me sort of jumped up when I saw a friend of mine reading this book and she descr ...more
Anyone who has a kid has probably, at one point or another, battled with them at bedtime. That's what I do, every night. There is much yelling, crying, begging and pleading. It's horrible.

Kid #3 is out like a light, so she's not part of the problem. Kid #2 puts up a good fight, whining and tantrum throwing, but eventually she succumbs to her sleepiness. Kid #1, however... well, she's another story altogether.

At night, she's afraid of everything and feels that if she sleeps something will get he
Nola Redd
Apr 09, 2008 Nola Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, christians,
Shelves: fiction-drama
I hate novels where parenting is questioned, simply because I too often find myself thinking, “Well I would never do THAT.” I then have to do the whole knock-on-wood routine and hope that I didn’t just invite divine retribution for being too judgmental. So it was with Jodi Picoult’s novel My Sister’s Keeper. After reading the summary of the novel, I knew that I would never make the choices that the parents shown did. After reading the novel, I found myself questioning what I might really do if ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Rita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated
Spoiler Alert. This review contains spoilers.

I hated this book so much. I only kept reading it because I had to find out why Campbell, the lawyer, had a service dog, since he kept that such a secret.

I hated the clichés (Julia chose just that moment to crash through the door… Anna chose that precise moment to speak up… Rita chose this moment to gag on bad writing…).

I hated the overwrought melodrama. Everything was just so saturated with heavy-handed tear-jerking prose that the book was soggy and
Richard Derus
Apr 27, 2014 Richard Derus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pearl-ruled
Rating: fifteen one-thousandths of a single star (out of five; p44)

Many are the yodels of praise for this horrifying book. The details of the main character's use as a farm animal for a more-favored older sibling are too grisly to recount without vomiting on my keyboard.

People die. Even when we don't want them to, and even when it hurts for them to, and even when we've given them life. It's happened to me. I know it hurts, but the ghastly vile disgusting nauseating practice of having a child *sp
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 31, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Nenette
My first book written by Jodi Picoult (born 1966) and I had mixed feelings about it. I don't know if I hate or love it so I just rate this with 2 stars that in Goodreads means, It's okay.

I have a friend in the office who is a solid Jodi Picoult fan. She encouraged me to read this a couple of years back as my intro to Picoult's world. I took the book home, read the first 10 pages, closed it and gave the book back to her the following morning. My reason? I did not like the 13-y/o Anna suing her pa
Sep 17, 2007 Sharon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
Shelves: sofarin2007
it would be impossible for me to overstate how much i hated this book. I hated, hated, hated this book. I guessed the end 5 pages into it, but read it through anyway (why?)(probably because everyone else in nursing school was reading it and wanted to tell me how good it was. Never trust nurses). Interesting for the medical information, and if it convinced one person to become an organ donor it served its purpose in the world, but man, was it hard to read. It was trite and simplistic and written ...more
Jan 27, 2009 Mitabird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My Sister's Keeper was one of the most heart wrenching stories I've ever read. Anna's sister, Kate, is dying from a rare form of leukemia. She was conceived as a genetic match to help save her sister's life. It was supposed to be a one-time deal, but over the course of her 13 years, Anna has donated multiple times. Her sister is in need of a kidney and Anna's decided she's had enough of being told how to use her body. She decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation and refuses to give up ...more
Phyllis Eisenstadt


If Jodi Picoult's intent was to shock readers and make them cringe, she has succeeded beyond belief. As the mother of an extremely ill child, she was desperate to find a way to keep her alive. The premise was to conceive a sibling that could be a resident "body parts donor" for her older sister. I was incensed by the painful, invasive procedures she had doctors inflict upon the younger sibling. Although, as a mother, I fully understand how imperative it was to forge ahead and do
Apr 12, 2008 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Overly emotional chick-lit addicts to whom meaning must be spoonfed
Recommended to April by: A book club I have chosen not to join
I read this for a book club I was going to join before I found a better one that meets at the library across the street. The subject and basic premise were interesting enough to keep me reading, but my god the writing was awful. AWFUL. Everytime one character asked another a question, the answer was some corny, overly-symbolic story from the past. The whole book was one clichéd analogy after another...she even put analogies WITHIN analogies. For example:

"About five years ago a new family bought
Wendy Darling
For readers who don't mind Message Books in which plot points and characters are jerked around for ultimate emotional manipulation.
Jul 07, 2007 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conflict alone is what makes this book fascinating - the story focuses on two sisters, Anna and Kate. The older sister, Kate, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was four. Knowing that their daughter would need blood donations, bone marrow, and possibly organ donations in the future, Kate's parents had another child whose sole purpose would be to provide a blood match for Kate. Thirteen years later, Anna gets tired of spending almost all her time in hospitals, giving bone marrow and blood t ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, Book Clubs
Recommended to Heather by: Rory's Book Club
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 19, 2010 Mery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Jika kau menggunakan cara yang salah secara moral untuk menyelamatkan hidup anakmu, apakah itu menjadikanmu ibu yang buruk?

bagaimana menjawabnya?
Aku harus kasih bintang berapa?
Aku harus komen apa?
Buku ini bikin aku terenyuh dari awal sampai akhir...
Bikin marah dan menangis di waktu yang sama...

Begitu tersentuh dengan kegigihan Sara memperjuangkan nasib Kate yang menderita leukimia APL akut, sampai dia harus melahirkan seorang anak dengan rekayasa genetika hingga DNA anak itu 100% sama seperti
Apr 16, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Decided to re-read it recently as I happened to catch part of the movie on TV the other day.

This is Jodi Picoult at her finest. I have enjoyed all of her books but this one is at the top. When I first read it in 2005 I was practically forcing people to read it. It gained more popularity when the movie came out but I was a fan from the moment I opened the book and read the first page.

Jodi Picoult has written about many controversial subjects and this one focuses on genetic eng
Mar 04, 2015 Vina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugly-crying
“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”

While the entire book , I wanted to scream :

MY SISTER'S KEEPER is a delicate , beautiful story about family, life, love, friendship, decisions and fate. 13 year old Anna, originally conceived to save her sister Kate's life through various invasive donor treatments, has had enough. To legally emancipate herself, she hires Attorney Campbell to help guide her through the courts.

I have different op
Oct 19, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-re-reading
Although I give this book all five stars, it is not one of my favourite books. It hurts too much.
When I started reading this book for the first time it was Christmas and I soon understood that I was not ready for it yet. The second time was...just at the right time.

“It's about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.”

This book is about a girl who lives
THIS is officially the hardest review that I've ever had to write. That's because, I can't really talk about the story without giving away too much!Knowing me, I decided to go and watch the movie almost immediately after reading the book! AND YES, the movie ending is different from the one in book. I'm sad to say that the movie ending is more realistic but at the same time, the book ending is an integral part of the story and it's also the cause o
If you haven't read the book it's about a girl (Kate) with leukemia whose parents had a second genetically matched child (Anna) to help with blood and bone marrow to save their first daughter. As the girls grow up, more and more is required of Anna until she's had enough of being nothing but an organ donor.

There are a lot of interesting points in the book, like what do you do when you have to pick one child over another, how do you balance your time and love between children especially when one
Mohammed Arabey
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My Sister's Keeper كان هناك
شاهدت الفيلم وآلمني جدا وأوجعني, مع اني لقيت نفسي ببتسم اوي في اوقات وبفرح لفرح الابطال وتلك العائله وحكايتها المأساويه..والتي شهدت اوجع افراح حياتها
حاولت اوقفه قبل النهايه بقليل لأقرأ الروايه فيما بعد ولكن لم استطع

الفيلم المبني علي روايه يحكي مايلي
فتاه مصابه بمرض سرطان الدم ترتب عليه فشل كلوى, تلجأ والدتها لانجاب طفلة أنابيب لتنقل منها الدم,كرات الدم البيضاء والنخاع منذ صغرها...حتي ما أن تتم عمرا مناسبا سيتم أجراء عمليه نقل الكلي بينها وبين
Marissa Noe
Mar 31, 2008 Marissa Noe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone unless you absolutely hate sad stories
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 04, 2008 Leila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
It’s impossible to talk about this book without discussing the ending but I promise to give warning before I do so it won't be spoiled for those who haven't read the book yet.

I had two main concerns going into this book. The first was that it would be nothing more than a political commentary on stem cell and embryo research. While it does touch on these issues, the book does not take a stand or attempt to pontificate a political stance to the reader. While I am sure the author has her own belie
Edit 2/29/12: THE MOVIE VERSION IS SO MUCH BETTER!!!! Seriously, go watch it. I DARE you to not cry.

The gist of the book is this: the Fitzgerald have a daughter, Kate, who's extremely fucking unlucky and her whole life basically revolves around getting disease after sickness after cancers. She almost dies when she's two, and her bro Jesse ain't a donor match, so her parents decide to have a genetically designed baby according to Kate's needs, who will eventually turn into spare parts machine for
My paperback copy of My Sister’s Keeper has exactly 417 pages. The first 394 pages were really engrossing, and the tricky subject matter awed me into silence. The writing was good, the dialogues even better, and the characters well developed, complex and believable. And then, for some reason, the last 23 pages happened, which have exactly zero connection with the rest of the book. Beside being random, unnecessary, cheesy and basically stupid, they have absolutely no value in solving the plot. We ...more
Feb 09, 2011 Joyzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind heavy family drama
Recommended to Joyzi by: My classmates
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***Contains Major Spoilers***

This book was totally amazing, though I will give it 4 stars because of what happened in the end of the book.

Anna was a genetically engineered baby so that in the future she could be use as a donor for her sister Kate who has leukemia. At first it was only cord blood, then she have to give her after a few years, lymphocytes, granulocytes etc., then a bone marrow transplant.

Anna was a little kid then so the decisions in these procedures well of course in her parent
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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