My Sister's Keeper

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0340837748 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Wildspitz of Baar, Zug Switzerland on 10/9/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Wildspitz from Baar, Zug Switzerland on Sunday, October 09, 2005
From Publishers Weekly
The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion.
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Journal Entry 2 by Wildspitz from Baar, Zug Switzerland on Monday, October 31, 2005
The book shows how the family struggles with Kate's sickness and highlights the different perspectives of the family members. I liked the fact a lot that the book is written from different perspectives. It shows that there are no rational facts, but only different views of the problem.

Anna undergoes a significant development during the course of the book. She really grows up. I also got to know her father quite well. The other family members do not get introduced so well.

Overall the book is a very good approach how to deal with such a difficult problem.

Journal Entry 3 by Wildspitz at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (10/17/2013 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland


Kommt mit zum Mini-Meetup im Karl.

Journal Entry 4 by flying-bat at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, October 17, 2013
Hab ich heute von unserem gemütlichen Zusammensein im Karl mitgenommen.

Journal Entry 5 by flying-bat at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, May 04, 2015
This was fascinating! The book made me cry at times -
Written from the different perspectives, it was easy to sympathise with each of the characters and gave the reader an good idea what the dilemmas are when needing to make decisions about medical treatments for Kate. Nevertheless, I did not think it was necessary to have that love story on the side... all that Campbell/Julia stuff was quite unnecessary. The story would have worked with the perspectives of the family members only. And the mother could have been a bit more likable from the start.
All in all, a really good book!

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