My Sisters Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

"It is the things you cannot see coming that are strong enough to kill you"

The main character in this story is Kate. Kate was diagnosed with leukemia at a young age. She started chemotherapy right away and her doctor suggests that she might eventually need a bone marrow. Her doctor also suggests that the parents have another child so that  maybe Kate will have a match.  

Kate's parents have another child. Her name is Anna. She was a match for Kate. As Anna grew up she donated several things to her sister. She donated  cord blood, lymphocytes, granulocytes, and bone marrow. When Anna was 13 she was asked to donate a kidney. She refuses to do this. (which Kate secretly tells Anna not to donate the kidney) She seeks help from a attorney to receive medical emancipation from her parents.

Favorite Quote

Do you think Anna will receive rights to her own body? Or do you think Kate will receive the kidney?

Theme: the theme is right vs. wrong.  Kate is dying from cancer. Is it the right thing to keep using her sister Anna to donate things from her body to give to Kate. When they had Anna to see if she would be a match for the bone marrow. Is it fair that Anna keeps getting used by her parents just so they can keep Kate alive?

I would recommend My Sisters Keeper to anyone who likes books that teach good lessons. This book teaches what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, and a good person. And it also leaves the reader wondering is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life?

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