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My Sister's Keeper

A book I’ve read recently and enjoyed very much is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This is about a¬†girl called Anna, who, unlike the majority of the population, was not born purely by chance. Anna was born in a laboratory, with the specific genes that fits perfectly in her sister, Kate’s body. Kate was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia from the age of three. From the moment Anna was born, her umbilical cord was taken off her to supply Kate. Anna was never given complete rights to her body, never had a true voice in her own family, because her parents had always put Kate’s health as top priority. This novel is about a young girl growing from a child into a teenager, the challenges that she have to face, and the realisation that nothing is simply two-dimensional, black-and-white. It was written in different aspects provided by various viewpoints of the characters in the story. My Sister’s Keeper is an honest story – strong, conflicting emotions are portraited by a broken family, a broken relationship, a broken side of the world. Yet simultaneously, these characters are bonded so close that someone else’s pain would be as raw and painful as though your own. My Sister’s Keeper will make you laugh through your tears, and cry through the most bittersweet moments.

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I absolutely love Jodi Picoult, and this book was heartbreaking, but in the best possible way. She has such a unique and wonderful voice. If you enjoyed My Sister's Keeper, she wrote a book that is quite similar called Handle With Care.

11th Oct, 19