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In all thirteen years of Anna's life, her parents have never given her a choice: she was born to be her sister Kate's bone marrow donor and she has always given Kate everything she needs.
But when Anna is told Kate needs a new kidney, she begins to question how much she should be prepared to do to save the older sibling she has always been defined by. So Anna makes a decision that will change their family forever - perhaps even fatally for the sister she loves.
From internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a masterpiece which asks us just how much we should do to care for the ones we love.
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The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion.
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Mostly very good but...
Don’t get me wrong, I really loved this book and for a whole 24 hours couldn’t put it down!!!! However there were a few little things that annoyed me...
Firstly, the number of narrators it had. The book it told by pretty much all of the main characters in the book, which is understandable as the topics the book dealt with required this, but some I felt really weren’t necessary and I found myself wanting to skip Campbell and Julia’s parts and just wanting to read Anna and Sara’s. But just a minor thing and I think if I re-read it I’d get over it.
Next, I really disliked and didn’t get the relationship between Campbell and Julia. Both of them are quite minor characters and Julia especially, I don’t think is at all relevant to the main plot of the story. I just thought it a bit strange that’s all and just a bit boring.
Lastly, the ending.... I know it’s a very unexpected ending (I had made guesses but wow I wasn’t even close) and it has had very mixed reviews. I have mixed feelings myself: I thought it was a brilliant idea (I won’t spoil it) and it was definitely a plot twist, however I think there cou,d have been a few more pages devoted to it and the characters’ reactions more developed, it was just kind of: plot twist happens, the end.
Having said all of that, this book was INCREDIBLE and made me cry on multiple occasions so I would recommend if you’re in the mood for a moving, sad story.
Movie doesn't compare
People say books always beat the movies and in this case that is 100% true. Well done Jodi.
So much better than the film!
Really good, captures the best parts that the film misses out