‘My Sister’s Keeper’

Well, I won’t do as fine a job giving a review as Reviews from the Deep, but I had to write a post about ‘My Sister’s Keeper’.

Written by Jodi Picoult, this story is fiction with a hint of what might happen one day as we play with genetics. If you had a sick child who needed blood cells, bone marrow and finally a kidney, and no one in your family was a match, would you genetically engineer a baby in your womb to save your sick child? If you did, would that be moral? Where does medical ethics fit in? Would your “designer baby” have choices? Would she have to miss hockey camp to be available when her sister needs cells? And finally, would this engineered child, now a 13 year old, say she’s had enough and sue you for the rights to her own body?

If this possibility interests you, then go read ‘My Sister’s Keeper’. Be prepared for a roller coaster ride of twists and turns and if you’re anything like me, you might want to throw it, or put it in the freezer. If you’re a blink, I don’t recommend this unless you’re reading it in braille.

I also really like the way this book was recorded. Unabridged of course, the only way to go. It was
nearly fourteen hours of entertainment and thought provocation. This particular book used different narrators for each main character, which I really like, and which I rarely experience. Each narrator had their own style to their character and it was amusing to hear each narrator talk in the voice of other characters, kinda like when you do an impression of a friend or family member haha.

I’m going to discuss further in the comments, which means there will be spoilers. So please, don’t read the comments unless you have no interest in reading this book. If you can comment without reading, by all means, take that risk haha! Oh, there was a movie made out of this book which Georgie saw and really liked. Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin are in it. Of course, Baldwin plays the lawyer, shocker haha!

I have to wonder how the service dog, Judge, is in the movie. Yep, a service dog. That’s always a plus to any book in my opinion. I warn you though, raisers and handlers will be rolling their eyes at some of the stuff this dog gets away with, namely what he eats.

Definitely give this book a read, and definitely go check out Reviews from the Deep, which I linked above, for book ideas. He reviews audio books, but they are good reviews for sighties as well. I actually read ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ because Carin read it, so maybe now Stormcrow will read it and write his review, hint hint.

Just another reminder to use caution if you leave a comment, as I want to talk openly about the book with others who have read it and you really don’t want to have stuff ruined or even hinted at before you read it.

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22 Responses to ‘My Sister’s Keeper’

  1. Ro

    Ok, who has read it?? Let’s talk!!

    Carin, I specifically didn’t link to your Comet post about this since I wanted more of a poker face hahahaha!!!!

    For anyone who’s read the book, feel free to go check out Carin’s post. In fact I’m gonna go re-read it now that I’ve read the book haha.

  2. I liked some aspects of the book. I read it while I was taking a lot of biomedical science courses in school – and learning about some of the technologies involved in the book. So it was interesting to think about the ethical issues involved, and this story definitely touched on a lot of them.

    How did you like the ending? I am still undecided whether I liked that twist or not.

    Side note, but it really bugged me that the lawyer with a seizure disorder was driving a car shortly after having a seizure (or at all)! Not really important to the overall plot, but inaccuracies like that take me out of the story, and I remember a couple other things like that in this book.

  3. Ro

    Carin and I were just talking about that. I think it was pretty rediculous. In fact, it seems like he would have just been riddled with guilt after that. Though it sounded like the truck t-boned him, but still. That definitely bothered me. There were definitely some inaccuracies, which I agree, can really ruin a story. Luckily I was able to overlook them, but that isn’t always the case. I also had a problem with Jesse becoming a cop with his record, and I’m not sure how I felt about how he never got punished for those fires, but I can understand why the dad did nothing.

    I’m not sure how I feel about the ending either. I’m not sure I’ll ever know how I feel about that.

  4. Overall I loved the book, but the ending drove me insane! I like it when books have a twist at the end, but that one was way too extreme.
    I like the ending of the movie a lot better!

  5. Ro

    Oh, they changed the end in the movie? Don’t tell, cuz I plan to rent it.

    The more I think about the ending, thre more I think I actually kinda like it. It’s kinda like the end of Romeo and Juliet. Just tragic. But in this case, there’s tragedy mixed with a miracle. I don’t know. I’m still thinking about it.

  6. The movie is completely different than the book. They both follow the same plot and have the same idea, but so many things are different in the movie. I think they left out some really important details, but because I read the book first I was able to fill them in.

  7. You did a better job of reviewing it than I haha.

    Yeah that whole driving after the seizure thing ticked me off. And the service dog stuff too. It was weird, because on one hand, the author got the fact that lots of people with service animals get the “but you’re not blind” refrain, but on the other, …pasta? ….coke? How about no?

    I didn’t like the ending. Nooo! It was like the fates had a bigger plan for Anna, and no matter what she said, it was like she didn’t matter anyway. She was going to give her kidney, and if she didn’t give it willingly, well…ker smash, beep, beep, beep.

    I could not for the life of me figure out why more people couldn’t understand why Anna was so conflicted. Duh, she’s 13, living with her sick sister, watching her mom flip out about losing her. She doesn’t want her to die, but she’s sick of never really being asked for cells or whatever. Hellloooo! That’s not that hard.

    It was weird going from completely being against Sarah, to sort of knowing where she was coming from even though you didn’t agree with her.

    I felt bad for not really mentioning Jesse in my review. I felt like I ignored him, just like everybody else.

    Um, perhaps I need to get a life.

  8. Ro

    It’s weird how we can all think of things so differently. For most of the book, I was actually kind of angry at Anna. I mean, why wouldn’t she want to save her sister? I understood where she was coming from, and I didn’t agree with the fact that she was engineered for this purpose, but I was finding myself angry at her. It never occured to me that Kate asked her to stop, that it was Kate, not Anna, who wanted her to stop. Sure, Anna deep down wished she didn’t have to do it, but she was willing. So when that little twist came out, I felt a litle redeemed in my anger towards Anna haha!

    Jesse was one of my favorite characters. I really related to the addict mentality, the acting out. But he was such a good brother. I just really really liked that character. And I could also really relate to Julia. You hated her, I liked her haha!! I saw a lot of myself in her, when it comes to men.

    And Sarah? Well. What can you say about Sarah. I really like the way her parts were written in the past. And then the past meets the future and everything starts to make sense. And what about Brian? Man, what a great dad. I loved the relationship he had with anna. Like he was the only one in her corner. And then he flips at the trial. Wow.

    Oh and what about the boy with cancer that falls for Kate?? Was that teh sweetest or what! I knew he was gonna die. I just hated that he had to.

  9. Yeah I cried like a baby when he died. I didn’t think he would go so fast. I thought he was so cute.

    It really is so weird how we each focus on different stuff. My mom didn’t even notice the dog? Um, how do you not notice a giant German Shepherd? I know it’s a book, but he kinda permeated the Campbell parts.

  10. Ro

    Not notice the dog??? Hahaha! Wow. Yeah, that little relationship just bought e back to my first love and I had to think of how my mom was. Watching Sarah watch Kate was really sweet. I’m really surprised I didn’t cry at this book, espcieally since I just got my period.

  11. I was so excited too as soon as the dog was mentioned!

    Has anyone read any of Jodi Picoult’s other books? I read one other recently (can’t remember the title but it was about a school shooting). It also had a really huge twist ending right at the end of the book. I think I actually liked that ending more than this one … but still both seemed VERY sudden, and then the book basically just ended. I kinda want a little more wrap up. I have a number of friends who highly praise all of her books though, so I think I’d like to try reading another sometime.

  12. Ro

    I had never even heard of her before I read this book. I might be tempted to check out some of her other books, though.

  13. I know what book you mean, the school shooting one. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard of it. Is it called 19 minutes?

  14. Yes – I believe it was called 19 minutes. Would love to hear what either of you think if you do read any more of her books.

  15. Ro

    Well I’m gonna need to figure out free audio books cuz her books are ‘spensive. I just looked them up. There was only one that was 14.95. I’m guessing it’s short.

  16. Here’s another question for any epilepsy experts who read. That part where the dog gives the dad the rubber bite bar thing…is that accurate? I could have sworn that you *never* put anything in the mouth of someone who is seizuring.

  17. I’m actually a little scared to read it. Of course, you know that my girls are identical. A friend’s son has leukemia, and he’s an identical twin too. I can’t help thinking that if some horrible disease were to strike one of my daughters, she’d always have a match. I feel guilty for thinking that way, but it’s there.

    I just worry that if I read the book, it’ll bring all that guilt and complexity to the forefront, and I’ve been spending too much time thinking about the whole genetics thing anyway.

  18. Ro

    Sadia, yeah, it might something a little too close to home for you. The book did reference the fact that genetically, the sisters were twins. I think a situation like a twin getting sick, would be different. The underlying theme of this book was the fact that the one sister was enginnered to be a donor. They weren’t planning on the third child, etc. I know twins aren’t necessarily planned, but in the event of a twin getting sick and *already* having a genetically matched donor, and if that other twin is loved and cared for the same and asked to donate, not just have things taken, then it would be a different story. But yeah, I could see where it might be hard on you. I’d imagine it would be a hard story for any mother.

  19. But the difference is you didn’t brew up twin b for the purposes of helping twin A. That happened by accident, and that’s a blessing. This is a whole other enchalada.

  20. I’m not at all an epilepsy expert – but in first aid courses I was also told never to put anything in someone’s mouth if they’re having a seizure.

  21. Ooo! I just finished it today and I reallly don’t like the ending!

  22. Ro

    Jenn, wow, at least you have a place to come talk about it right away haha! When did you start reading it? Did you see this post while you were reading it?

    The ending kinda grew on me, as sick as that sounds.

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