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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
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Mar 07, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: literature-fiction
Read in March, 2006

I really liked My Sister's Keeper for the simple fact that it provoked me. I felt myself getting so angry with the parents, disliking the younger sister with leukemia(huh?), and feeling sorry for, yet ambivalent toward the engineered child. The book kept me at war with my emotions, as I teetered back and forth between caring and disliking all the characters. I realized that Picoult's intent was just that, to have us debate the internal conflicts of choosing to have a child in order to save another.

As for the ending, I saw it coming a long way off. It wasn't the most satisfying ending because the solution was so tidy. I've read many poor reviews of this book, but I think that is because people are so averse to the subject. Even though the book evoked a lot of negative emotion within me, I found it an effective means of getting me to debate a subject I didn't realize I felt so strongly about.

For those of you who picked this up as your first Picoult book, I'd like to recommend another that I felt was well-written about the complex issue of date-rape. The Tenth Circle deals with the trauma a family faces when their daughter is raped at a party. The rape occurs in the midst of other family issues. A unique aspect to this book is that the father is a cartoonist, so Picoult also incorporates a graphic novel within the story. This book took me by surprise and I found it well worth the read!
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Oh, I was the same and cried at the end.

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