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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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shushkeepitdown's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


An extremely sad book which tackles all the horrible things that a family has to go through when one of their loved ones is with an illness with no certain cure. I honestly loved the beginning and even almost near the end it was so good but then the ending came and honestly I was very disappointed with it. Also there are multiple POVs and I wouldn't have minded it but what they do is during the book they constantly switch between present time and their past memories so I had to constantly read paragraphs over and over to make sure what was currently going on and what was a random memory they just put in the middle. They do this for every point of view. It was a good starting book but the ending honestly stopped this from being a 4.5 star book for me.

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darkpoet's review

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


This book was amazing and I have so many thought and opinions on all these characters that I now hold dear to my heart. The only reason I did not give it five stars was because of the ending.
I extremely disliked that in the end Anna did this because Kate wanted to die. I wish that Anna did do the selfish thing by wanting her own life. You first see her character as someone who wants to not have the only purpose of her life be used as Kates donor but towards the end we see that she made the choice because of Kate and not herself. Anna and Jesse were pushed aside as children and were extremely neglected and I thought that it was refreshing to finally see a story where someone isn’t willing to throw their life away for someone whose dying. (Not to say that i don’t feel bad for cancer patients) In the end all the growth that I had thought Anna went through was pointless because in the end she wasn’t given the choice she had to pick what was best for Kate. I wanted Anna to finally be ready to love her family but also know that when she gets older she will leave and not come back because of the circumstances. I also didn’t like how they went though the whole conflict of Anna finding her own worth just for it all to come back to Kate. I feel like this could have a deeper meaning of everyone comes back to the people dying and forgets that everyone is dying and deserves love and attention. This ending I accepted for the time being because I knew Anna would be able to have a life of her own without being linked to Kate. I was stunned though when Anna was in the car accident and pronounced brain dead. It seemed like a definite shock ending but at the same time a easy way to wrap this book up. But what absolutely destroyed me was after this entire thing Anna’s life came down to saving Kates. Anna’s whole purpose became to save Kate and i find that absolutely disgusting. Anna was going to finally have her own life and own purpose and instead she started her life for Kate and ended it for Kate.  Anna was shown through her whole life that her only purpose was to save Kate and instead of her finally breaking through she ends up saving her in the process of herself dying. I cried hard to this book and was touched by it but the ending left me feeling disgusted at Anna’s mom and even Anna’s dad at some points and i wish Anna would’ve gotten to know how special she was without her sister.

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