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My Sister's Keeper

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  973,843 ratings  ·  32,308 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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Cassandra Kavanagh It was without exception the worst book I have ever read; contrived, manipulative, formulaic, irritating and obvious. The plot was as simple and…moreIt was without exception the worst book I have ever read; contrived, manipulative, formulaic, irritating and obvious. The plot was as simple and boring as a child's dot to dot. I saw the ending coming a mile away.I read it in the vain hope I would learn why it was so popular but all I learned is that I expect way more from a novel than the people who enjoyed this soap opera styled pap. The tawdry sideline stories were infuriating . It was like being force-fed one of those awful made for T.V disaster movies where you know you are supposed to feel sad but where you secretly hope everyone dies .I'm annoyed with myself for wasting my own time reading it . I had no emotional connection with anyone in "My Sisters Keeper" because the book was so contrived .Thinking this book is a good read is on par with thinking air freshener is perfume ! (After forcing myself to finish this book I have decided that I will never waste another second of my life finishing reading a book that does not have me gripped by the 3rd is too short for bad books !)(less)
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)
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Aug 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans, chick lit fans
Shelves: misc
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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
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)

2018 UPDATE Anyone who thinks that this idea of growing a new kid for replacement parts is a good idea should read Altered Carbon or watch the glossy, gritty Netflix show.

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
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
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Leave it to Jodi Picoult to captivate me from cover to cover. I read this in 2005 and remember that I couldn't put this down until the final shocking end.

Sara's daughter Kate is sick. She has leukemia and Sara will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. When Anna is born, she quickly becomes her sister Kate's savior, but as time goes on, Anna wants a life of her own.

"If you have a sister and she di
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, romance

"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
Elyse Walters
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' ..
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
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
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
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
Wendy Darling
For readers who don't mind Message Books in which plot points and characters are jerked around for ultimate emotional manipulation.
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.
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
Oct 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Adults, Book Clubs
Recommended to Heather by: Rory's Book Club
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Many reviews on GR mentioned that this book has a terrible ending, maybe I should’ve seen it coming but I didn’t. The way things ended shocked me. The book was great, I kept asking myself, if I was Ana, Sarah, Kate, Brian, or even Jessie, what would I’ve done? I’m not going into the details, most of you know the story. I just want to say that I’m very disappointed that the author failed miserably after posing a great dilemma. I’m still giving it 3 stars for the first 95% of the story and only dr ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! Devastating though for sure! There is really no words to put how moving and engrossing this story is. You can see both sides of the debate but at the same time it is so hard to choose which is the better side compared to the ethical side and possible even realistic. I was thoroughly engrossed and had so much internal mental debates about this book. I still do not know how I feel about Sara.
My quick and simple overall is just one word for this book: AMAZING!
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
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, tragic and thought provoking.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, contemporary
“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
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
Lili  Marcus
When I first read this, i hadn't had a chance to make a review. Now, I have.

This is a story of Anna and her family. Anna was conceived for the sole purpose-to be her older sister's donor of almost everything(from bone marrow, to blood, and to kidney). For almost thirteen years, she did just that-donating. But all of a sudden she had the guts to file a suit against her parents. She wants them to stop using her body for her sister's sake.

(seriously heartbreaking)
I cried when she said that the fou
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
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, 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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