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Reviewing my Recent Read: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper Book Cover My Sister's Keeper
Wsp Readers Club
Jodi Picoult
Literary Woman's Fiction
Washington Square Press
February 1, 2005

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.

Jodi Picoult crafted a powerfully emotional story that will make readers ponder the controversial topics of stem cell research, organ donations, and cloning and the moral impacts these issues have on family values and moral choices.

What would I have done had I been in the mother’s shoes? I wonder if I would have made those same choices to keep one child alive at the expense of the other child or would I have let nature takes its course because of the psychological impact that might be made on the donor child.

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Linda Nelson is a writer, blogger, daytime worker and student at Franklin Pierce University. Her studies are taking up a significant portion of her time while she finishes up her bachelor degree in Accounting for the intent of acquiring her Masters of Science in Accounting. She also has a diverse degree by the additional business courses added to her curriculum along with some Social Services classes. Linda is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Monadnock Writers Group. She is the author of Along Came Neil, a Young Adult Sweet-romance which is the last book in her Wings from Ashes trilogy released in 2013. Linda is working on other romances, but their release dates are still undetermined. Linda lives in Southern New Hampshire. You can reach Linda at her website

One Comment

  • Linda Nelson

    In response to my friend Linda K, in regards to the ending of this book:

    I thought we were supposed to set the world on fire if nothing else comes to mind. I agree, that the ending was too quick and not the expected outcome. I did feel a bit cheated and thought that there would be a little more of a fight beside handing over the kidney after all. Maybe an alternative ending would have been that Anna lived, gave a kidney, Kate dies because that is what happens to cancer patients showing the kidney gift was the waste of an organ, and Anna is wheelchair-bound because of the accident. Oh, that would be too realistic.

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