My Sister's Keeper

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0340837748 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winglmn60wing of Spotswood, Victoria Australia on 9/25/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 25, 2006
My real life bookclub read this one earlier this year. I found it reasonably engaging, if a little 'Movie of the Week'ish! I'm certainly willing to read more Picoult books, but was at times frustrated by this books structure and characters - not to mention the sheer unbelievability of the central court case!! Not a piece of great literature, but an OK read.

Hopefully another reader will enjoy this one!

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.'

Journal Entry 2 by winglmn60wing at Brunch venue: Kaleidoscope Cafe in Brunswick, Meet-up -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 30, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (9/30/2006 UTC) at Brunch venue: Kaleidoscope Cafe in Brunswick, Meet-up -- Controlled Releases

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