Author: Jodi Picoult
Amount of pages: 423
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publishing year: 2004
Geared Towards: Older Teens and adults
Extra Info: It is going to be made into a movie on June 26, 2009, it will be staring Cameron Diez as the mother and Alex Baldwin as Campbell.
Summary: (From the back of the book)
Can a Parent love too much? Or is too much never enough?
Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantaion generic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate-a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truely is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister-and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister's Keeper is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning moral parable for all time.
Wdebo's Review: This book as usual had a great Jodi Picoult flair, it was really good and was an intense read about a very contreversial topic, "designer babies," where they will create a baby in petri dish and add genes and stuff to make the baby they way they want it.
Pro: Well developed plot that was a bit cloudy in the beginning but after a while it added a little bit and a little bit more of details to help you understand the whole picture, until at the end you felt like you were part of the family since this whole story first started. Just like how all Jodi Picoult books are. The change of characters were very good also, because it truely gives you a sense about how all of them are feeling and all the diffrent sides of the whole story.
Con: While the change of characters were good it did get kind of confusing, like you'll be reading and all of a suddenly you will be confused and be like "is this I refering to Kate, Anna, Campbell (Anna's lawyer), or Julia (Anna's gaurdian ad...) or someone else."
All in all, this was a really good read. I would reccomend it more towards older readers and those who are fascinated by the ideas of "designer babies" and using genes in technology, etc. It was a very good book filled with great facts.
My take on the movie: I am not really that excited about the movie and I love the book. I believe that having Cameron Diez as the mother is not the best idea, it just doesn't seem like her kind of role, it's more serious and obsessed over her child not laughing trying to find a good shoe, I don't know that's just my opinion. Also, I don't think Alex Baldwin should be in the movie as Campbell, Campbell is more 30 something good looking older man, and Alex Baldwin is well Alex Baldwin...And I don't even know if they have a Julia, I mean very important chacter there!! Also, I don't even know if they have a Jesse (Brother) he was one of my favorite characters in the whole book!! Ah that felt good to vent :)