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Most Helpful Favorable Review

32 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

An Intriguing Read

I have not read an intriguing and interesting book in a while. So, I was in search of ¿one of those books that you can hardly put down¿. As I skimmed through a list of various best-selling novels, I came across My Sister¿s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, which was recommended ...
I have not read an intriguing and interesting book in a while. So, I was in search of ¿one of those books that you can hardly put down¿. As I skimmed through a list of various best-selling novels, I came across My Sister¿s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, which was recommended to me. Immediately I picked up the book and began to read. Sure enough, this book was nearly impossible for me to stop reading. After reading this book, I gleaned that Picoult is a fascinating writer, and this was definitely no banal story. If you are in search of a brilliantly written novel with a very interesting story line, then I would definitely recommend My Sister¿s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
My Sister¿s Keeper is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl, Anna Fitzgerald, who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her older sister, Kate, who has leukemia. Anna has been a donor for Kate her entire life, and this story revolves around her sudden opposition and dilemmas regarding this situation. The reader is immediately enthralled to the plot the moment Anna makes an astonishing decision in one of the beginning chapters, which the rest of the story revolves around. My Sister¿s Keeper is also the story of family life and revolves around the family¿s struggle to maintain their love and support for each other. It describes how no family is perfect, and forces you to love the Fitzgerald family and feel their pain through their many hardships. It was very difficult for me to put the book down and stop reading because I was so anxious to discover the ending result of this predicament that takes place throughout the entire novel. I was shocked by the unwonted resolution, however was very satisfied. I believe this is an ideal ending because the reader cannot even predict how the story will conclude, and it is a summation to all of the present conflicts. Picoult does an excellent job at writing this end result.
The author of My Sister¿s Keeper, Jodi Picoult has a very unique and compelling writing style that gets readers hooked to her books instantaneously. Her use of description is extremely skillful, and I felt as if I were present in the plot of the story. A component of her writing that I liked was her use of numerous flashbacks. I enjoyed reading them when they appeared because it helps the reader to understand the current situation or feeling she is writing about. They were often very interesting to read, and they gave me great insight to future events in the book. Another characteristic that I am pleased by is the fact that each chapter in the novel is told by a different significant character. I value this because it is interesting to see each person¿s perspective and feelings on a certain event or circumstance. By doing this, Picoult also creates a sense of unbiased feeling. It restricts the reader from having an unfair opinion about a specific character, and allows them to create their own opinions about each character.
If you enjoy reading novels about everyday life and the complications that arise in it, then I would recommend My Sister¿s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. Especially if you enjoy an intriguing storyline that is exceptionally well written, be sure to pick up a copy of this book. Picoult is an exceptionally fascinating writer, and after reading this masmasterpiece I will be sure to read one her other novels in the near future. It is a book of emotion, attachment, and suffering that keeps the reader interested for the entire story.

posted by 452157 on November 26, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Second Picoult novel with implausible ending

I read this book after reading and enjoying Perfect Match. The subject matter and presentation of the story line in this book was more interesting. There are several overlaps though: mother is lawyer who thinks she's unbeatable, mother neglects everyone but sick or dama...
I read this book after reading and enjoying Perfect Match. The subject matter and presentation of the story line in this book was more interesting. There are several overlaps though: mother is lawyer who thinks she's unbeatable, mother neglects everyone but sick or damaged child, blue collar husband who is emotional anchor, drawn out legal battle, etc. I guess what bothers me most is as a reader I appreciate good characterization so I don't want to be duped at the end by a surprise, implausible ending which occurred in both books.

posted by Anonymous on July 22, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    :( Thanks a lot for spoiling the ending!

    I was really getting excited to read this book but then some IDIOT decided to write about the ending without even giving a "Spoiler Alert!" warning! :( I'm still going to read it but that stupid review ruined it for me. If you don't want it spoiled for you then don't read the bad reviews for this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    ending a complete cop-out

    ending a complete cop-out

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Horrible ending

    Wouldnt recommend to anyone due to the ending alone.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Sucks

    I gave it no rating cause thiis book is so horrible its not funny its really old and personaly i thonk it may jist be the worst book in the world would not reccomend

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Horrible book terrible movie

    I wouldnt reccomend this tripe to anyone. Just terrible.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Boo

    This is not a well-written book

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2010

    Hated it

    She can spin a story. She can manipulate emotions. I hate it when authors go for manipulating emotions. I do not believe these characters. I hate the ending, not because I think it's unrealistic, but because it's a cop-out. It really lets the author off the hook.
    She does not play fair with the reader. She writes in the voices of the characters, but does not disclose what they are thinking.
    I give her a point or two for doing the medical research.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Bad

    My sister's keeper is not a really good book. It doesn't explain everthing. like why does Anna want to kill Kate?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    good plot. bad writing.

    I find the plot interesting. I guess it could have been a good law and order episode, complete in under an hour. The author completely underestimates the reader's ability to feel emotions for characters in the book. It never gives the reader a chance to come up with their own character analysis, everything is dictated by the author- symbols and metaphors are explained in dialogues between characters. I can decipher for myself!! They weren't complex, believe me. Great book for someone under 15 yrs though and I'm being lenient here. If you want to read a great book and enjoy great writing, don't bother. If you're looking for a quick, mindless read, go ahead.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Trite, expected and unimaginative

    Everyone seems to love this book. Three different people recommended it to me. I find it a unimaginative bore, grasping at every played out scenario to drum up emotion. I find the constant change of voice distracting . . . especially since the only thing that changes is the copy. If one writes as the voice of 4 characters, would not the actual pace and 'voice' be different. I found myself constantly reminding myself who in fact was speaking. Just a weak attempt at pulling emotional strings . . .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Not my style

    I received this book for Christmas and just can't seem to get into it. Every time I pick it up, I end up setting it back down after reading a few pages. I know that this is supposed to be a great book but I guess 'it's just not my style'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    Disappointing in the Extreme

    This book begins with an excellent concept and a thoughtful, interesting question but takes the cheap, easy way out in the end. Take my advice and quit reading halfway through. Extremely disappointing!

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