Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Anna Fitzgerald was made in a petri dish.  Her older sister, Kate, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two.  When no one in her family could donate blood or bone marrow to her, her parents went to a genetic counselor to make sure that their next child, Anna, would be a match.  Anna spent her whole life in and out of the hospital, because whenever Kate got sick she needed Anna.  When Kate needs her biggest donation yet, a new kidney, Anna rebels, and sues her parents so she can make her own medical decisions.  With lots of bumps and uncertainties along the way and her sister's life in the balance, she gets them to court, where her motives are revealed and everyone has to question their understanding of what is right and wrong.

With present tense and changing perspectives, this book is very unique.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever questioned authority (come on, who hasn't?) or felt that they needed to do something for the sake of their family.  Once you pick it up, it is impossible to put it down.
Katie B- 8th grade