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 Post subject: My Sister's Keeper - by Jodi Picoult
PostPosted: August 17th, 2007, 7:52 am 
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I picked this book up on Tuesday at Indigo. I had heard some good things about it and after reading the back thought this is a deviation from my normal reading and seeing as the other books in my hands were murder/mystery I thought I'd give it a try.

I was not disappointed - the story revolves around two sisters - one with a rare form of leukemia and the other, a younger sister that the parents had conceived with the help of geneticists to be a perfect match gene wise for her sister.

When the younger sister turns 13 she decides she wants to be her own person and not just the person that helps her sister continue to live by supplying bone marrow, platelets, etc.

The entire time I was reading the book I was anxiously awaiting the next page - each chapter is told from a different character's point of view so you get to see all sides.

I give it 4.5 stars out of 5. The .5 has been taken off because it made me cry at 1:30 in the morning when I should have been sleeping.

Highly recommended.

I've read one of Picoult's other novels called the Pact - also a good read.


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Sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation :)


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I also heard good things about this book. Right now I am reading another one of Picoult's books - Vanishing Acts. So far I'm not impressed. It too is written in "different" characters points of view, both male and female, but to me it's very sappy and well, men just don't think or talk that way! Too sooky-wooky, remember whens, flashbacks to metaphors. Can't say I'm a fan of Picoult's - yet anyway.


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I also wasn't a huge fan of Vanishing Acts, which was the first Jodi Picoult book I read, but I recently read My Sister's Keeper and it was phenomenal. It is really intense, makes you see all perspectives in the story without bias really toward one or another, and I too finished the book crying openly. (When Craig asked me about it I couldn't answer at first!). I would definitely highly recommend this book.


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Another good book of Picoult's is The Pact. This was the first one I read and I enjoyed it enough to take a chance on My Sister's Keeper.


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jennlynn wrote:
Another good book of Picoult's is The Pact. This was the first one I read and I enjoyed it enough to take a chance on My Sister's Keeper.


I am reading that one now. (the Pact) It's hard to put down! Much, much better than Vanishing Acts.


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Right now I am reading My Sister's Keeper. I borrowed it from a friend who said it was the best book she'd ever read. Okay, since I've heard this from a lot of people how can I resist reading it, even though I'm not a fan of the author?

No spoilers please!! I like the story; I think I'm probably going to cry at the end because there are really many tear-jerking moments already. But this is what I don't like: none of the characters are believable because they are all the same person.

Each chapter is the thoughts/actions of another character in the first person. We hear from the mother, father, brother, two sisters, lawyer, and a guardian. But even though each one is a different age, gender and of different educational backgrounds, they all speak and think exactly the same. It's Jodi Picoult (author) talking and she does nothing to try and differentiate these characters. There are so many damn metaphors. Just like in her other books, it's all metaphors and unrealistic conversations. This is the best way I can describe it, and if anybody really cares a whole lot (lol) I can show examples.

It's frustrating that nobody else really sees what I see, but I guess I have to accept that! So this is my opinion only and like I said, I'm only part way through the book so a miracle could still occur.


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i asked for this book for christmas, and finished it pretty quickly...i coudn't put it down!

i enjoyed it. i liked how it was written with the different view points. and yes, it was all quite similar, but meh. that doesn't bother me. I had the same feeling from it as i did from "The Time Travellers' Wife" , but i didn't cry as much with My Sister's KEeper.

it was just a sad story. Sad in so many ways. I don't want to discuess it much, i'm not really good at that, but i don't want to give anything away to those who may not have read it yet.

But yeah i liked it. It was a cryer,....but not as much as some other books :)


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Already a movie in the works,..supposedly Cameron Diaz as Sara ,Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning as Kate and Anna & Alec Baldwin will play Campbell.


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belle_nelle wrote:
i asked for this book for christmas, and finished it pretty quickly...i coudn't put it down!

i enjoyed it. i liked how it was written with the different view points. and yes, it was all quite similar, but meh. that doesn't bother me. I had the same feeling from it as i did from "The Time Travellers' Wife" , but i didn't cry as much with My Sister's KEeper.

it was just a sad story. Sad in so many ways. I don't want to discuess it much, i'm not really good at that, but i don't want to give anything away to those who may not have read it yet.

But yeah i liked it. It was a cryer,....but not as much as some other books :)


I bawled my eyes out for the last 50 pages of Time Traveler's Wife. Absolutely lost it.


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I just finished Change of Heart by Picoult, and I really enjoyed it! A nice beach book...it's not very long and not a very heavy read.

It has a concept similar to King's The Green Mile. A man convicted of murdering a police officer and his young daugther has been sentenced to death...performs 'miracles', etc. He goes to court, not to have his sentenced lifted, but to be executed in a way that will allow him to donate his heart to the murdered girl's sister.

I do agree with you to some extent, Frankie...I can't imagine that people really have conversations like Picoult's characters do...but it doesn't bother me. I mean, if her novels were touted as non-fiction, it'd bug me, but I'm ok with skimming the mushy-gushy stuff otherwise ;)


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