Family. We love them, we hate them, we can’t survive without them. Our family will be there for us no matter what problems we’re going through. They’ll be there to cheer us on, and to help pick up the pieces if our lives begin to crumble. Not every family is perfect, and why would we want them to be?
Jodi Picoult’s novel, My Sister’s Keeper, focuses on one family, and the dynamic they have in order to save their daughters life in a battle with cancer.
Diagnosed with leukemia as a young girl, Kate Fitzgerald spends her childhood in and out of hospitals for treatment. When her brother, Jesse, does not come up as a good bone marrow match, the doctors tell her parents that her chances are slim. But they also give another alternative. That alternative is Anna.
A preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna Fitzgerald was born to be the perfect bone marrow donor to Kate. But as the years pass by, Anna begins questioning this process she goes through in order to save her sister’s life, and whether she wants to do it anymore.
A New York Times bestseller and major motion picture, My Sister’s Keeper shows that you still have family even at the worst of times. What makes the novel even more interesting is that it doesn’t only follow one character. Each chapter is in the view of a different character, going through the entire family. The only person’s view the reader doesn’t get is Kate’s. But at the same time, her point of view is shown as you’re seeing the story through the eyes of the other characters.
If you’ve already seen the movie, I highly suggest reading the book. The movie rendition is very similar to the book, but, as is usually the case, I find that the book has a little more to it than the movie does. Like the movie, the book is full of emotions. It’ll make you smile and laugh and cry. But the ending has a twist that you won’t see coming.