Thursday, 2 September 2021

My Sister's Keeper

I've never read anything by Jodi Picoult before but Marlene from Poppy Patchwork mentioned My Sister's Keeper on her blog and it sounded right up my street. I was thrilled when she asked if I'd like her to send me the book. Thank you, Marlene.

"Sara Fitzgerald's daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything - whatever it takes - to save her child.

Then the test results come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate. If they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only one option: creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister. For Sara, it seems the ideal solution. Not only does Kate live, but she gets a beautiful new daughter, Anna, too.

Until the moment Anna hands Sara the papers that will rock her whole world. Because, aged thirteen, Anna has decide that she doesn't want to help Kate live any more. She is suing her parents for the rights to her own body."

I really enjoyed this book, though you have to be prepared for a lot of medical and legal jargon. That didn't bother me though. I thought the subject was very interesting and as a parent, it makes you think about the decisions you'd make yourself in a similar situation. 

The ending was totally unexpected, I didn't see it coming at all. I thought it could go in a couple of ways but I have to admit that what did happen hadn't crossed my mind and if I'm honest, I think it's a bit of a cop out and a lazy way of tying thing up. 

My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. I found it on Netflix and decided to watch it. Again, the ending was a surprise as it was totally different to the book, and in my opinion, much better. I won't say anymore in case you decide to read it for yourself, which I'd definitely recommend you do if you like this sort of book.

14 comments:

  1. Yes, I read this and enjoyed it. Haven't seen the film, I shall keep an eye out for it.

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  2. Not read that one Jo, but I have read one of her books a long time ago. Thanks for sharing, take care & hugs.

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  3. AT the moment I don't want to read about illness but will remember and maybe give it a go at a later date.
    Briony
    x

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  4. That makes a change - to enjoy the film after you've read the book! I glad they both went down well though.

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  5. I definitely would watch the film as I like anything with a medical theme, unfortunately I don't read much anymore. It sounds like a good read.

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  6. I believe that book was a fictionalized account of a true story. I remember reading about a family that was going to have another baby to harvest the stem cells for their other child.

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  7. I read this book some time ago and enjoyed it. Now I feel I would like to watch the movie. P.x

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  8. Glad you enjoyed it, she does write a good book.

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  9. I haven't read this, thanks for sharing the details.

    All the best Jan

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  10. I’ve seen the film but I had no idea the ending was different
    xx

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  11. I've heard of this one but I haven't read the book or seen the film. I might check it out though :)

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  12. The only Jodi Picoult I've ever read is Plain Truth and I thoroughly enjoyed it, which surprised me. I don't really know why I haven't read more of her work. x

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