book report- my sister my sorrow Essay

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Book Report

“My Sister, My Sorrow” by Bebe Faas Rice, explores the natural human reactions to death, sickness and love. It delves into sibling rivalry, adolescent fear and stereotypes and gives insight into how beautiful the world seems when your life is on the line.

“Leukemia is one of those diseases that creep up on you suddenly and catch you by surprise”
‘The story revolves around her thoughts and feelings towards friends, family, the meaning of life, depression, love, jealousy, cancer, etc.
During the course of the book, the reader begins to understand much about what type of Leukemia it is that Beth has. Explained by the author in lame-mans terms, it becomes simple and enjoyable. Facts and story line fuse together to make an
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The ‘gang’ at hope house, the staff and medics at the hospital, her family and friends, are all involved in her thoughts and story.
Although credit is given to the author for captivating the reader with thought provoking questions and humorous tales, the characters are at time too deep and the questions Beth asks seem a little to mature for a teenager, even a teenager who is facing death.
Her mother is always concerned for her younger daughter, even before they realize that she has cancer. When the signs of Beth’s’ cancer begin to appear with her losing weight, getting bruises, bleeding gums etc. Her mother kicks into overdrive- “Naturally my mother, the vigilante, thought I had one of those eating disorders a lot of girls these days have and started snooping around to see if I was taking laxatives or deliberately throwing up.”

Each of the characters in the book have their own separate ways of dealing with Beth’s cancer. Her mother was at times hard to handle- “I’m all for positive thinking, but Mum was beginning to sound like a hyperactive cheerleader.” She kept on trying to be optimistic with Beth, never allowing herself to admit that her daughter may actually die until the end of the story. The way Beth’s mother explain her actions was “When you were little and came to me with a bump, I’d kiss it to make it well and then play a game with you to forget the hurt. ‘Mummy, fix it!’ you used to say. So I suppose that’s

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