“‘It’s not God. Just my parents,’ I say. ‘I want to sue them for the rights to my own body.”
My Sister’s Keeper is one of the most heart wrenching and tear jerking novels Jodi Picoult has ever written. Jodi Picoult is an American writer and was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003.
My Sister’s Keeper is a story, revolving around the lives of five people and how some decisions can both tear apart as well as stitch together families.
Anna, the protagonist of the story decides to sue her family for rights to her own body. Her sister Kate had been diagnosed with a rare cancer form, for which donors were hard to find, hence Anna had been used as a donor all through her life to save her sister’s life. However after a point Anna decided otherwise.
This beautiful tragedy is portrayed through the eyes of all the five main characters of the story.
Whether it is the feelings of a father who has to choose between his wife and daughter, or it’s the mother who has to ask one of her daughters to sacrifice herself for her other daughter. Every emotion in this story captures the reader’s heart.
It is recommended that one has a strong mind to be able to read this roller-coaster of emotions that Picoult has created as one of her best works. This book is not your average fairy tale, with real life situations, real life pain, and real life strength that one needs to make certain decisions in life.
Having an elder sister myself, I was anti the concept of this story when I first started reading it, as I can both die and kill for my sister. However, as I continued reading and getting closer to the characters, I realised sometimes there is a lot more to decisions regarding people we love, then what initially meets the eye.
Picoult with her talent of perfectly portraying human emotions and her notorious habit of plot twists manages to keep the reader hooked on till the very end, making them fall in love with both the book and life in general!