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Title: My Sister's Keeper
Authors: Picoult, Jodi
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 423
Year: 2004
Language: English
Description: Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age 13 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. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and role that she has never questioned … until now.

Comments from Groups:

"Interesting". Very well researched by the author. Well written and we liked the structure - different fonts for each character.... Diamond Harbour 001

A couple of our group didn't like the author's style, but the rest of the group enjoyed the book immensely. It generated lots of interesting discussion. Nelson 042

Very lively discussion about ethics, families, mothers, illnesses. Thought provoking book. Rai Valley 001

Excellent discussion on moral ethics and stem cell research.... good insights into the stress of a dying child from all members of the family. Worthwhile reading - makes you think about a little known topic. Nelson 023

Everyone thought this book was a good read - thought provoking, with a twist at the end! Waipu 001

Categories: Fiction, Human Rights, Relationships, What's Hot, Blind Foundation book

Reviews

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By: WELL 018 2018-12-17 14:49:13
4 
Our group enjoyed this book. We expected it to be a book for teenage readers, as its author is a "best-seller" popular writer, but found the underlying issues very real.

By: HAVE 008 2018-12-17 14:45:38
4 
Interesting book - created a lot of discussion about the ethics of designer babies.

By: WHAKA 005 2018-12-17 14:44:38
4.5 
We agreed that the author has great storytelling ability, if over dramatic at times. Good characterisation, and caused much discussion.

By: LOWER 006 2018-12-17 14:42:51
4 
Most of us enjoyed this book. Its engagement with the thornier ethical issues involved was engaging, especially as the characters are all sympathetic. We all found the questions were excellent, and we especially appreciated that the page references were given. The discussion was very challenging, although most of us were well aware of the consequences of not proceeding carefully with new opportunities in the medical and scientific areas.

By: QUEEN 003 2018-12-17 13:57:36
4 
This book was written in a manner which made it easy to read. The author use her own experiences with hospitals and family relationships to make the story authentic. There could be another book based on Jesse and how he grows into an adult.

By: HANMER 001 2018-12-17 13:55:49
4.5 
Most had read this book previously. All present (9) read it again, and some had seen the movie. All agreed that the author was a very skilled writer, not afraid to address 'big' topics. Although the themes very thought provoking, there were not too many characters so it was easy to keep reading. Some were disappointed with the ending.

By: HAMIL 054 2018-12-17 13:51:09
5 
Very positive comments from everyone. A cleverly written book which was compelling in its central theme, but there were also several twists to keep the reader entertained. The writer brought depth and understanding to the moral complexities of the central theme.

By: AUCK 319 2018-12-14 15:05:51
5 
We loved this book!! It provoked great discussion too!

By: LITRIV 01 2018-12-14 15:00:23
4.5 
We all enjoyed this book. We liked its very different style. Some members found the footnotes annoying - mainly because of the small type.

By: NELS 050 2018-12-14 14:57:50
5 
A book that caused much discussion on family, illness, the lengths one would go to, to save a child, moral dilemmas and the rights of people. A recommended read.

 
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