My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult: Not everybody has an option

My Sister’s Keeper

WARNING: This book will probably make you cry.

With every passing book, they seem to becoming my best friend and close to my heart. I have just finished reading “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult and yet again another book touched my heart and made me cry again, I saw the trailer first on HBO and was curious since then to the idea of a child going to court against her own family. At first I found the writing sort of… typical. Nothing particularly surprising in the style and word choice, but as I got into it the moral questions raised by the story definitely had me deep in thought.

This book deals with sensitive topics very gracefully. Each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, which I loved. It gave the story so many different perspectives. There was a depth of character that you don’t normally get in books that are told by one narrator. This is a story of a normal family, dealing with a life-threatening sickness, and I liked the fact that it didn’t seem like a corny ER episode, where everything is way too dramatic. In my opinion, it was a very accurate portrayal of the struggle and grief a family goes through as they fight cancer.

Basically the book revolves around the Fitzgerald family. The middle daughter, Kate, has been battling cancer since she was diagnosed at the age of two. When various treatments fail, the parents are advised by the oncologist to look into trying to have another baby in the hopes that he/she will be a match for Kate. Anna is genetically engineered to be Kate’s perfect match and so begins her saga to be the “spare parts” for her sister, Kate. Until the day that she decides that she has had enough.

The strong response was my anger toward the girls’ mother, Sara. Throughout the course of the book, she is so wrapped up in her daughter’s illness that she fails to see the damage that she is doing to her other children.

Since I don’t want to give away the ending, I will say that the most important lesson I took away from the book is learning when it’s time to let go.
Thank you for reading
Rohit Raghvendra Tripathi

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