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Courtesy of Teens Read Too
le 30 août 2011
Gold Star Award Winner!
Anna wants to be medically emancipated from her parents.
Did I get your attention? That's why I chose to read this book!
Kate has a rare form of leukemia that is hard to treat. And her already born brother, Jesse, is not a genetic match to donate blood, bone marrow, or anything else that Kate needs. So her parents, Sara and Brian, decided to do something that has always had a lot of controversy surrounding it --have a child that will be picked out of a petri dish who is an exact genetic match to Kate. That way the child can be a donor for her already sick sister.
When Anna turns thirteen, she finally gets sick of undergoing surgeries and procedures for things that have no benefit to her. And now, her mother has asked her to donate a kidney to Kate, because hers are failing. The doctors have even told the family that Kate is too sick for the surgery and they don't think that her body could handle it. But Sara still wants Anna to donate her kidney to Kate. So she goes to a lawyer, who aggrees to help her for free, to medically emancipate herself from her parents.
Anna sits through the trial and argues with herself to make sure that what she is doing is right. Brian is a firefighter and so he decides that while the trial is going on, it would be best if Anna stayed at the station with him. And for the first time in a long time, they get to bond.
Who lives? Who dies? Who wins? Who loses? Is this trial a fight of winning and losing? How does a family handle a daughter who is finally fighting back?
A close friend of mine suggested that I read MY SISTER'S KEEPER. It's one of her favorite books, so I agreed to try it. And am I ever happy that I did! I can honestly say that I haven't read a book this well-written in a long time! With every chapter the narrator changes, so the reader gets a chance to see what every character in the book thinks of the current events. I had never read a Jodi Picoult book before, but I definitely will be reading more in the future!
Reviewed by: Taylor Rector