My Sister's Keeper
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

My Sister's Keeper

by
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  616,533 ratings  ·  26,438 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 surgeries...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Washington Square Press (first published 2004)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. RowlingNew Moon by Stephenie MeyerEclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Books being made into movies right now
20th out of 43 books — 74 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
FIFTY YEARS OF READING
26th out of 2 books — 46 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lindsay
Dec 03, 2013 Lindsay rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Lisa
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...more
Lynn
**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...more
Lobeck
Jun 30, 2007 Lobeck rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Bex
Aug 26, 2013 Bex rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Sammy
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
Nola
Apr 09, 2008 Nola rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Penny
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...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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...more
Peregrinn
Dec 28, 2008 Peregrinn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cheesy drama lovers
Shelves: novels, by-women
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rita
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...more
K.D. Absolutely
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...more
Sharon
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
Mitabird (reviews on BookLikes)
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
April
Apr 12, 2008 April rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Wendy Darling
For readers who don't mind Message Books in which plot points and characters are jerked around for ultimate emotional manipulation.
Mery
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 K...more
Madeline
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
Heather
Feb 20, 2010 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Maggie
An ethical quandary, a family's dynamic, and a poignant love story. I laughed out loud, I sobbed. Truly powerful. Bravo, Ms. Picoult.
Marissa Noe
Mar 31, 2008 Marissa Noe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Annalisa
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...more
Leila
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...more
Melanie
Apr 06, 2009 Melanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Kjersti
I am torn as I write the review for this book. I am amazed at how masterfully Picoult is able to tell a story from viewpoints of half a dozen people, and really pull it off. There is no stereotypical heroine/villain in this book. As I read each chapter from a different character's viewpoint, I developed compassion for each one in an amazing way. I downright bawled my eyes out at the end and felt I had truly gained something from the read. I considered it a great shame to have to sift through so...more
Amy Galaviz
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lena 714
This book is really amazing because it shows two sides of the story. One is about saving Kate which sounds like a really good idea when you look at it from Kate's perspective. But when you look at it from Anna's perspective it sounds horrible that your parents are making you donate a kidney that takes you out of some very important sports and events that are natural to happen in life. It also shows everything from different points of view which introduces you to how hard it is to deal with this....more
Meghan
I love this book and my students love it too! The way this book is written makes the reader become very involved with the characters- each "chapter" is written in a different characters' point of view. It is definitely current and deals with controversial medical and legal issues, like many of Jodi's books.
Aleeeeeza
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...more
Oana
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
Joyzi
Feb 09, 2011 Joyzi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind heavy family drama
Recommended to Joyzi by: My classmates
Keeper Pictures, Images and Photos

***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...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The Ending? 28 182 Jul 22, 2014 12:50PM  
Have you watched the movie? Do you like it? 38 245 Jul 17, 2014 03:19PM  
In your opinion, what is hope to you? 9 47 Jul 08, 2014 06:29PM  
OFHS Student Group: My Sister's Keeper 1 5 May 30, 2014 07:39AM  
What other novel by Picoult should I read? 155 675 May 28, 2014 07:30PM  
do you think its fair for Anna to die, or did Kate had to die? 251 1410 Apr 14, 2014 12:26PM  
A Year of Reading...: Thoughts on the book? 5 14 Mar 25, 2014 06:42AM  
  • Night Road
  • The Courage Tree
  • The Help
  • The Rescue
  • April Fool's Day
  • Still Alice
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer
  • One True Thing
  • Summerland
  • Shelter Me
  • Remember (Redemption, #2)
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
  • The Birth House
  • The Dive From Clausen's Pier
  • My Best Friend's Girl
  • Beach Girls
  • Me & Emma
  • In Her Shoes
7128
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 upcoming novel, LEAVING TIME, will be released on October 14, 2014.

Website: http://www.j...more
More about Jodi Picoult...
Nineteen Minutes The Pact Plain Truth House Rules The Tenth Circle

Share This Book

“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” 16461 likes
“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” 7890 likes
More quotes…