Saturday, August 08, 2009

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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 loves.






The story plot is simple. Brian and Kate, two loving parents of a son and daughter, discover that their two year old daughter has leukemia. Since no one in the family was a match for her they have a baby made with the same DNA so that that way Anna could donate to her sister everything she needed. When it comes to Anna having to donate to her sister a kidney, that's when Anna sues for medical emancipation from her parents. 

This book was assigned for summer reading. I was skeptical to read it at first, but I read it, and I absolutely love the book. It's so heart wrenching, the plot is just so addicting I could not put it down. Reading this book it made me realize I take my sister for granted, and that a person does not really value their family until it's too late. I highly recommend this book.

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