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My Sister's Keeper

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  887,418 Ratings  ·  30,713 Reviews
Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenge ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Washington Square Press (first published April 6th 2004)
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Carol Cleaveland It's akin to the Lifetime movie of the weak, very poor and unbelievable dialog with an ending calculated to move readers to tears. I didn't cry. I was…moreIt's akin to the Lifetime movie of the weak, very poor and unbelievable dialog with an ending calculated to move readers to tears. I didn't cry. I was incredulous that an author could indulge such a contrived ending.

This book is sort of a shame, really, because the author could have used the premise of this book to engage in complex (and believable) character development.(less)
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Aug 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
**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
May 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 22, 2007 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 01, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 5-stars

"There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it's the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It's far easier than telling ourselves the truth."

When Sara Fitzgerald discovers that her daughter Kate suffers from leukemia, she decides that she will fight for her child’s life at all cost. Even if that cost is someone else’s life. And this is how Anna is born. The girl who has never belonged to herself, w
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Phyllis Eisenstadt
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing


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
Sep 17, 2007 added it
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 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Wendy Darling
For readers who don't mind Message Books in which plot points and characters are jerked around for ultimate emotional manipulation.
Israt Zaman Disha
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
How it feels to know that you have a disease and you are going to die any day? There is no guarantee of your life. Will you be prepared when death comes? Is it even possible to be prepared for death? So that one can accept it as 'I knew this was gonna happen' way?

These are the questions that I ask myself sometime. One of my senior's father in university had been diagnosed with cancer. And after a month he was gone. At the same time I donated blood to a cancer patient. I talked with the patient
Jul 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca McNutt
As good a book as it was a film, if not better, My Sister's Keeper is a compelling novel that draws dysfunctional characters together as a feud between them threatens to end the life of a sister with terminal cancer. I found myself disgusted by the mother, though. Her haste to overprotect one child and exploit the other one for spare parts was really cruel and disturbing, though I don't think she meant it to be. Excellent novel, and I'd definitely recommend it.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, adult
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”

3 1/2 stars. Lowered my rating because of that ending I saw coming a mile away.

Whoa, that was a seriously intense family drama. Such a compelling, original plot that brought up a lot of questions, but the author left them for the reader to decide. I love when authors do that, instead of answering controversial topics with their own opinion. Everyone's going to have a different opinion, so why
Oct 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well.....that answers that: would I enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing? Answer: not really.
I found the story long drawn out with very little substance to the heartbreaking story she was trying to tell. A romance is thrown in that brought nothing to the table & wasn't a part of the main story. The story behind the service dog was also another red herring and a secret that didn't need to be so.
Then, after all that, and we wait to find out what the final decision will be.....the story changes tack
Oct 20, 2009 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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mohammed Arabey
The Fault in Our Stars قبل
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 النهاية بقليل لأقرأ الرواية فيما بعد ولا احرق النهاية ولكن لم استطع

الفيلم المبني علي رواية يحكي مايلي
فتاة 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 عملية نق
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm guessing everyone has read this book - but maybe not??? When I saw another GR's post she just read it... and it was one of the most
disturbing books she ever read.., I can relate.

WAY before this movie came out...(with its different ending).....
I couldn't move at one point while reading.

I was on my way to the gym that early morning...but I was just a wreck----crying just too hard at the house alone...( not knowing anyone who had read this book at the time)..,
I didn't get off the 'floor' ..
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, 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.

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