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 Challenged Until Now Like Most Teenagers, Anna Is Beginning To Question Who She Truly Is But Unlike Most Teenagers, She Has Always Been Defined In Terms Of Her Sister And So Anna Makes A Decision That For Most Would Be Unthinkable, A Decision That Will Tear Her Family Apart And Have Perhaps Fatal Consequences For The Sister She LovesA Provocative Novel That Raises Some Important Ethical Issues, My Sister S Keeper Is The Story Of One Family S Struggle For Survival At All Human Costs And A Stunning Parable For All Time 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. 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 gets on my nerves What drove me nuts reading this one was the way that every chapter, almost every paragraph either ended with some sort of clich or some profound statement that was supposed to be so meaningful She made not so subtle comparisons to the stars and the lonely people on earth, to a fire and a disease, a firefighter and a mother who wants to save her dying daughter Gag I couldn t take it But I know it s just me and that other people are going to love this story I thought I knew how it was going to end but when it ended differently that I expected, my thought was Oh yeah, I should have figured that one out Much sappier than my prediction It s terrible, my Picoult aversion I have the same feelings toward Alice Hoffman and Anita Shreve I once found an Anita Shreve book in the basement of the house I moved into, crammed under the oil tank Never one to pass up a book, I gave it a read, got two chapters in and wanted to throw it back under the oil tank myself I think these authors try too hard and that s what irritates me.But don t let me stop you Go ahead, swallow your sentimental nausea, put on your clich repellant and I m sure you ll enjoy the story of a family in turmoil, told in the fashion I usually enjoy where each chapter is from a different character s perspective Just don t say I didn t warn you. 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 with no time break between one sentence and the next such a cheap trick does this impress anyone any the author writes the entire novel as a cliff hanger another piece of shameless manipulation that i despise with the whole novel spanning no than a few days she builds up plot points that don t deliver when she finally reveals characters motivations, they end up being pretty lame justifications for their actions.the sideline love story was completely predictable old sweathearts with a bad breakup who are suddenly thrown into a situation together woman resists, man persists, woman gives in to romantic evenings and sex, illustrating once again that women don t really know what they want and no doesn t really mean no and if you push hard enough you can have your way with any woman.needless to say, i don t recommend this book. 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 her But she s not invincible, she has to sleep sometime So after being assured that she s safe, she ll lay down and relax this can only happen in the master bedroom, because in her mind the master bedroom is safe from everything Once she s been lulled into blissful unconsciousness either me or my husband will move her to her room Typically this goes off without a hitch But every once in a great while she wakes up and totally freaks out, because she realizes she was tricked By her own parents, no less She feels betrayed She doesn t believe us when we swear that we won t move her again because we will and she knows it And so, because of her her general mistrust, her fear of everything, not to mention all the sobbing, she is awake for another couple of hours, at least The whole situation is very dramatic and it totally sucks How does this relate to My Sister s Keeper It doesn t not exactly but I do have a point Let me explain I spent years avoiding Jody Picoult s books like the plague They frightened me I don t know why Perhaps it s the fact that every woman over thirty can t stop raving about Jody Picoult books, which means they re probably not my cuppa tea It may even have something to do with the fact that the woman has the ability to crank these insanely thick books out like she s some sort of writing machine from hell I don t know, it just doesn t seem natural Besides, no author is capable of writing so fast At least, no good author can do such a thing, amirite But finally, after being assured that Jody is actually quite talented, that her books are intriguing and worthwhile, I relented and picked up Nineteen Minutes And you know what It wasn t horrible Actually, I kind of liked it Alright, I admit it I liked it a lot It wasn t the best book ever, but it was the sort of book that makes you think, stays with you after you re finished reading it shrugs I happen to like that sort of thing So I immediately picked up My Sister s Keeper And I liked it too In fact, I was only half way through the book when I was positive I d be giving it four stars Sure the sub plot about the lawyer and the child advocate falling in love was incredibly stupid, but could I blame Jody for throwing it in No I m sure her target audience expects that sort of thing to be in every book they ever read So I was willing to forgive it I even forgave all the cheesy cliches Because sometimes I m able to ignore stupid subplots, ridiculous cliches, irritating characters and by irritating I mean so monstrous they deserve to die a horribly drawn out and painful death Yes, I m talking about the mother in this book , formulaic that s a word, right writing and even the lack of good editing when a story has peaked my interest It happened when I was reading Twilight and it happened while I was reading this book Besides, I d already come to the conclusion that I d like this book because I liked Nineteen Minutes I even had visions of myself adding Jodi Picoult to my list of favorite authors, adding the whole of Jodi Picoult s published works to my TBR list, happily reading said books on the beach over summer break it was going to be so awesomeBut then, when I was nearly finished with this book, Jodi Picoult went and ruined everything EVERYTHING I don t even have the desire to finish this book I feel manipulated, betrayed, lied to, cheated, and totally violated I also feel incredibly stupid for thinking that Jodi Picoult was a good writer Because she s not She totally sucks and I hate her.So Even though I ve wasted hours of my life reading, and thinking about, Jodi Picoult novels, it hasn t been all bad I ve learned two things from this whole experience First, I should trust my initial instincts when it comes to books Second, I m an a hole for lying to my kid It s no wonder she doesn t trust me, and she ll probably need years of therapy because of it I wouldn t blame her if she threw me in a really bad nursing home someday I gave this book two stars because it isn t horrible until the end That s when Picoult whips out the most manipulative, unnecessary twist, and thus ruins the whole experience Now let us never speak of this again. 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 described it to me.Boy was it a book well chosen Picoult writes from the views of a few different key characters, allowing the reader to get an extremely well rounded look at the story At first the jumping from character to character is a little jarring and you have to keep reminding yourself that it s a new character, but eventually you get into the vibe of the book and wouldn t have it written any other way The one thing Picoult does perfectly is make you torn You really don t know who to support in a case like this At times you find yourself leaning towards Anna, and other times wanting desperately to shout your support for Sara, the poor mother in this situation With the readers information of other characters points of views and knowledge, the whole case is a lot difficult to have a desired verdict towards In the end a decision is made, a decision that, while reading the book, I was constantly wondering what Picoult was going to do, because either way one fully supported side was going to lose But the way she really ends the book puts results to rest in a solid, yet emotionally unsatisfying ending The ending it by no means bad, quite the contrary it was beautiful and settling, but at the same time you don t know whether to be relieved that there was an extremely closed ending without debate, or to cry I won t tell you why, and I may have said too much already But this book is just incredible and I highly advise you try to read it as soon as possible. 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 my child was facing death In case you missed the summary, My Sister s Keeper is the story of Anna, a thirteen year old girl genetically conceived to be a match for her leukemia positive sister Within minutes of her birth, she was a donor for Kate, sharing her cord blood to save her sister s life By the time she is thirteen, when the novel takes place, she has been in the hospital almost as much as Kate, donating things such as blood and bone marrow After being asked to donate a kidney, she seeks legal emancipation from her parents And so the story begins One of the things that bugged me was the chapter by chapter switch of the point of view It was very well handled and, once I got past the irritation stage, I had to admit that it helped the story along And so we skip through the minds of Anna, her lawyer, her court appointed guardian ad litem, her brother, her father, and her mother in short, everyone close to Anna except her sister Each of these perspectives is given in the present, with the notable exception of her mother Instead, we trace the mother s path of learning that her daughter has leukemia, and what decisions led her and Anna to the current moment This, too, was initially annoying, but proved well chosen I m not sure the same impact would have been made if we simply had the mom looking back It would have been far easier to judge her at that point than it was to see her experiencing her pain In fact, it was from Sara s perspective that I learned the most, and that I questioned myself If my young daughter, the light of my life, was threatened with death, how far would I go to save her I don t think that I honestly would have even thought up the idea of conceiving a child specifically for that purpose, but what do you do once the idea has been planted Further, it is clear that Sara loves and cherishes Anna, even as she worries incessantly over Katie True, she neglects her, but she also neglects her son, who had been born prior to the diagnosis, turning most of her attention to her sick child And though this also made me pass judgement, it also made me wonder would I be able to balance my attention on all my children if one were struggling through a life long illness How easy would it be to make small decisions that hurt the others to save the one In short, I hated this well written, well developed, well plotted book because it made me think The moral and religious side of me rejects the notion of a test tube baby conceived for a specific purpose, but the mother in me wonders If my child were starving, how easy would it be to remain true to my moral perspectives and not steal assuming, of course, the government weren t around to save me If someone threatened my child, how far would I go to protect them In short, when it comes down to crunch time, how true would I stay To fall asleep, I have to assure myself that I would, of course, be perfect in all things And then knock soundly on the nearest wood, and pray I never have to find out. 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 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 specifically to save another child Anyone who does that should be jailed This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Have you ever read a book that really pissed you off Pissed you off so much all you could do was rant about it until everyone told you to just shut up This is that book for me.Picoult s dialogue is excellent, but her characters annoy me and the ending of this book was such a cop out I almost wrote her an angry letter about it, but decided against it, as she d never read it anyway.Basically, My Sister s Keeper is about a family with three kids I forget their real names, so I m giving them fake ones Token Boy Child, Leukemia, and Spare Parts Mom and Dad find out about Leukemia s unfortunate diagnosis when she s just two, so they decide to have another baby not to replace Leukemia when she inevitably bites it, but to provide Leukemia with spare parts for organ transplants Spare Parts gets tired of being held back by her sister s needs and in turn, Leukemia gets tired of holding her sister back Spare Parts isn t allowed to go to overnight camp and is being forced to quit playing her favorite sport because Leukemia needs a new kidney Spare Parts goes to a lawyer in an attempt to get medical emancipation from her parents She winds up winning it, but dies in a car crash Mom pulls the plug immediately, Leukemia gets a new kidney, and even better Leukemia is magically cured of her illness altogether Also, there was a stupid subplot about the lawyer and social worker falling in love.The mother character annoyed me the most here she didn t love her daughters equally, and it showed It really showed She loved Leukemia the way you love a child She loved Spare Parts the way you love that child s trust fund or college savings She played favorites and made no attempt to hide it.This whole book infuriated me the very idea of having another kid just so your sick child can have her own personal organ bank sickens me It really does You re supposed to have a child because you will love that child, not to fill the needs of another child. 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 clich s 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 just about dripping About halfway through the book, I started skimming it, looking for dialogue relevant to the plot Brian s metaphors about fire and Sara s reminiscing about the kids childhoods and Campbell s backflashes about Julia and Julia being pathetic in every possible way and Anna s cluelessness just got so very dull If I was ever to find out why Campbell had that dog, then I needed to get through the material faster Putting the book down to groan out loud every few paragraphs was taking too long The characters were two dimensional and irritating They really were just like paper dolls, given name tags, dressed up in stereotypes and given lines to say and melodramatic thoughts to spill out It was like, This is the mom and she s a big martyr who puts her children first all the time she s a GOOD mother, she just got blinded by trying to be too good, so she seems kind of bad now But we ll be on her side in the end because of her deep insight. Waggle mom paper doll and have her blah, blah, blah and then Over here is the Big Bad Lawyer doll ooooh, he s a ruthless go getter with a hazy past, but he ll have some secrets to pull out at the end so we ll realize he s a decent, stand up guy after all. Waggle lawyer paper doll and have him blah blah blah, and so on.The plot was all right through all of that until the big Law and Order courtroom twist at the end That was just a convenient trick to get out of actually trying to find a solution for such a dilemma She worked it up to such a point that there was no way out that would sit well with an audience, there was no good way to wrap it up, so she pulled a rabbit out of a hat Then she went a step further and did something that I guess some might find bold, but it just made me shout a stream of obscenities and then made me thankful that I had just skimmed the second half of the book and didn t really invest in it at all Otherwise, I would have been furious with such an ending This is the second Jodi Picoult book I ve tried to read I didn t like the other one either Vanishing Acts , so I guess I won t be reading anything else by this author.
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.Her new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT, is available in hardcove
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- My Sister's Keeper
- Jodi Picoult
- 08 September 2018 Jodi Picoult