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message 1: by layne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:58AM) (new)

layne I did enjoy this book, yet find Picoult's dialogue macabre and creepy (have you read The Tenth Circle, yikes!) I guess she's a mystery author, a genre I've not read much of, and writes the sort of books I can't put down, but once they're done they don't make me feel good which, lately, is something I look for in fiction. Then again, I'm sure I will read everything she puts out as soon as it comes out in paperback, so who am I to judge? Engaging author that makes you want to take a shower when you're done reading her. Oh, and I do recommend...

message 2: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:01AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jennifer I really enjoyed this book as well. I did find myself wanting to hug and hold my family as I read it. I am reading another one of her books now and can't put it down. I had this book sitting on my nightstand for along time worrying that it would depress me or scare me. I was glad that I gave the book a chance. I am now hooked on reading her books.

message 3: by Trina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:01AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Trina Martinez This was my first Picoult and I love her now. The story was great. I love the little bit of mystery that was included. Highly recommended.

message 4: by Ranjit (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:01AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ranjit Somehow, I didnt really enjoy this. Really liked some of Picoult's earlier works, esp 'Keeping Faith' and '...Humpback Whale'.

message 5: by Ranjit (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:01AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ranjit Somehow, I didnt really enjoy this. Really liked some of Picoult's earlier works, esp 'Keeping Faith' and '...Humpback Whale'.

message 6: by Christy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:07AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Christy Crosby My sister read this book for school and I picked it up out of boredom over winter break. I actually finished it in about 2 days. It was very engrossing. I like how Picoult did not choose on side or the other, but rather let each side present their story. This book actually motivated me to put myself on the bone marrow donor's list. If there were more people on the list, perhaps parents wouldn't be presented with such a difficult choice in such a dire situation.

message 7: by K (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:11AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

K This book had a lot of strengths, and it definitely had pageturner appeal for me, but my brother and sister and I had some interesting discussions about why it fell short of true literature. One of the things we mentioned is that the characterization could have been deeper and more complex -- it was as if each character was playing a role rather than exhibiting a distinct personality. There was also a lack of subtlety somehow, in the sense that the premise was so attention-getting and "out there" that you didn't have to think too hard when you were reading it, even though the topic was certainly provocative in its own right. My sister's friend accused her of being an intellectual snob for taking this position, saying that literature doesn't need to be inaccessible or high-falutin in order to be good quality. I don't have an answer for that, and I'd be very interested in what other people might think. Is this book literature in the tradition of truly great classic books? And if not, why? As an aside, I personally thought the ending was a major cop-out. It conveniently avoided the need to really address the major issue.

message 8: by Maggie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Maggie whether or not the ending is a cop out is not the issue. the issues of the family had been addressed: their true feelings and true colors had already come out; their secrets had come to see the light of day. i like this ending because it truly took me by surprise. i also like how only the last chapter is written from kate's pov.

message 9: by K (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

K I hear what you're saying, but I still thought the ending could have developed the issue more had Anna not died. Her death was convenient in that it removed the question of whether it was right or wrong to keep putting her through these operations and harvesting parts of her body. Had she remained alive, the question could have been addressed more fully.

message 10: by Crystal (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:20AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Crystal Allen Whenever I've been reading too many really "hard to get through" books I throw a Jodi Picoult into the mix. The only one that I've read that I didn't like was Perfect Match. My favorites have been Songs of the Humback Whale, My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes. I have such a hard time putting her books down. She does such a great job of putting you in the heads of her characters. I really enjoy her writing style. I highly recommend her!

Jessica All of Jodi's books are depressing yet oddly addicting. If I ever feel in the mood for a tear-jerking story or when I want to read one of Jodi's novels I find myself reading all of my favorite books from her. My Sister's Keeper is among those and, even though I always bawl, I always find myself wanting to read it over and over again(Such an addiction is good from time to time, but it gets in the way when you want to read another book).

Her style can get annoying, take the mom for example, when they put the story in her P.O.V she only pays attention to the past and even when they catch up to the present Kate is her main concern. I can understand why her mom would feel that way, Kate right on death's door, but Anna and Jesse are alive, too. Their mom, if you noticed, had never cried FOR Anna until she dies, but if I were her I would have cried when she said she was a vessel.

There are alot of books with characters that we dislike and it gives us a negative opinion about the rest of the book, especially if that character is one of the main characters. My Sister's Keeper is one of the books that I still enjoy. This is one of Jodi Picoult's best book.

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