Friday, December 2, 2016
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.
A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister's Keeper is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.
Books by Jodi Picoult are never straight forward. It has to either be thought provoking or heart tugging. In this book, it's gut wrenching but in a good way.
Anna filed a petition against her parents to prevent them from harvesting her kidney for her sister who is suffering from leukemia. But is that all there is? Are there no other reasons? Is that what she really didn't want to do?
I read this book over a couple of days. I am glad I read it while at home cos I was crying buckets on and off. Some people didn't like the ending but then I always like a twist in a story and I certainly get unexpected twist in this title.
I have yet to catch the movie. I shall one of these days.