In My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, Anna was created to be a bone marrow donor to her sister Kate who has had leukemia since she was 2-years-old. Now that they are 16 and 14-years old respectively, Kate needs a kidney transplant and Anna says she doesn’t want to be a donor.
This story traces how the family copes with the heart-breaking situation of having a sick child and what happens when Anna decides to fight for the right to have control over her body. The story goes back and forth in time from the present to when the family first discovered their little girl had leukemia and to the court case from when Anna enlists the help of a lawyer to take her parents to court.
Each chapter has a different narrator in a cycle of storytelling. This works well as some parts are extremely emotive so switching perspectives provides a little emotional breathing space.
I loved the book and I thought it was quite well written. It’s not a Nobel winning piece of literature and the little snippets of songs and poetry before each chapter are very kitschy but it hit the spot like a made for TV movie can sometimes do.
It was emotional in all the right places, slightly humorous and not too demanding in others. There is a surprising amount of depth and character development for what could be a simpler read and it works well. Families are complicated and giving a little more in one area means you miss out on other bits.
Picoult provides a deceptively easy read which is also a little tough on the emotions. I liked it and will be reading more of her.
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