Book Review: My Sister’s Keeper

This is the second Jodi Picoult novel I have read.  I like the first one, Keeping Faith, better.  I think the story just flowed better.  But the storyline in My Sister’s Keeper is one that will have anyone questioning their own choices in life and trying to figure out what they would do if they were in any of the character’s situation.

The story centers around Anna, a 13-year-old girl who was conceived to be a perfect match for her older sister, diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia at age 2.  She unquestioningly serves as a donor for her sister until asked to give up a kidney.  It is then that she begins to question how much she really means to her family and the rest of the world.

It took me a while to get into the story line.  Picoult jumps narrators throughout the book – this is good because it gives you the different perspectives of those involved and intertwines other plot lines – but in this story it made it a bit hard to follow at first.  The first half of the book took me three times longer to read than the last half.  It’s a story that made me laugh & cry, and of course think of my own sister and family and what I would do for them.  In the end, I’m glad I read it and hope to see the movie when it comes out.

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