My Sister's Keeper and told me that I HAD to read it. Trusting Mandy's guidance I made time to pick this one up and was very pleasantly surprised.
Those of you who don't know the general plot of this book, what rock have you been hiding under? (I'm kidding!) It has been in the spotlight a lot lately because recently this book was made into a movie. Basically the book's plot goes a little like this: Anna was conceived very specifically by her parents so that her cord blood could be donated to her sister, Kate, after Anna's birth. Kate has been diagnosed with APL, a kind of leukemia that is both rare and hard to cure. Even with the cord blood donation, Kate's leukemia goes in and out of remission and as Anna grows she continues to donate things to help Kate: blood and bone marrow. Kate now needs a kidney, and Anna decides for her own reasons to sue her family for medical emancipation, meaning that she has the right to make the medical decisions regarding her own body, despite the fact that she is only 13 years old. The remainder of this book tells the story of Anna's lawsuit from her perspective and the perspectives of her mom and dad, her lawyer, her brother, and her court appointed aide.
Wow. What a ride! This book exceeded every expectation that I had in the beginning and steam-rollered me while it was at it. Throughout the book I had no idea who to root for, because every perspective was covered so thoroughly. I can't say that the book turned out how I was hoping that it would, but that was a good thing- it surprised me. Oh, and I cried. Lots. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is like myself and has been avoiding reading Picoult for a silly reason, or to anyone who loves her already and hasn't read it yet. Just be prepared and have a box of tissues handy. I'll definitely be reading more of her books in 2010. Anyone have a favourite of hers to recommend?