My Sister's Keeper

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I first met my Grandma Vita at my birth; she came to welcome me into this world. I may not remember that, but I remember all the times I had visited her in the hospital. She was always in pain from the treatment she had to receive. She tried not to show it, but you could see the pain in her eyes. Later on, doctors revealed she had not been on the proper treatment and they were giving her too much pain medication that was slowly killing her. These are the harsh facts of life. This is what inspired me to read the novel My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. It is an amazing story about a girl with a rare form of leukemia. The movie of the same name, directed by Nick Cassavetes, told a sufficient story. Ultimately, the book overrides the movie because …show more content…
Anna says that her purpose is to solely save her sister Kate. At the age of 2, Kate was diagnosed with a form of leukemia that is extremely rare and the only way to save her would be a genetic match. Since the slightly older brother Jesse had not been a match, Sara and Brian Fitzgerald make the decision to make a “designer baby.” Lo and behold Anna is conceived as an allogeneic donor. Whenever Kate is in the hospital, Anna must fulfill Kate’s needs. Whether it be for granulocytes, lymphocytes, or bone marrow. A new problem arises, Kate’s kidneys are failing. Her only hope to survive is by receiving one of Anna’s kidneys. Anna wants to be able to have a say in what happens with her body and thus far has not been permitted to have an opinion. She believes her only solace is to get a lawyer and become medically emancipated. She discusses her idea with her brother Jesse. Jesse is an outcast, misunderstood and borderline delinquent. Anna chooses Campbell from a newspaper clipping. She obviously cannot afford a lawyer, but he understands that and makes the proper arrangements. Sara is appalled that Anna is acting upon the situation in such a manner and makes the decision to become the opposing lawyer. She argues that Anna is not mature enough to make these decisions and tries arguing to dismiss the case. Judge DeSalvo decides to assign Julia to be Anna’s …show more content…
1). The author of the article does not appear to have the same viewpoint as I do. The flashbacks are described as sudden, and they do not flow smoothly with the text. They go on to explain that the transitions are not elegant and should have had more attention. They are definitely not in favor of this read. They may not have appreciated the flashbacks or transitions, but they did believe the plot was well done in the sense that it tugs on the heartstrings of the reader (par. 1). On the other hand, the reviewers at Booklist had a more positive outlook on the matter. My Sister’s Keeper is an intricate novel and one that does not deserve to be put down until every page is read (par. 1). From the moment the book is opened, the reader will be consumed by the fantastic read. This is a sincere and amazing novel, and it touches on controversial topics; something not many authors like to confront (par. 1). The novel and movie have similarities, so the reviewers of the movie had corresponding responses. Roger Ebert, the well-accredited movie critic, had a few comments to add concerning Nick Cassavetes development of the movie. Ebert gives the impression that the Fitzgeralds would be the perfect family if it weren’t for Kate’s condition (par. 3). They are like the model family, the mother that is a lawyer, the chief of the fire department as the father, beautiful home, and three

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