"My Sister's Keeper" starts out with a young girl named Anna hiring an attorney in order to sue her parents for medical emancipation. She was born to be a genetic match for her sister, Kate, who is dying of leukemia, specifically so that she could donate cells to save her life. Now, age 13 and being pressured to donate a kidney to Kate, Anna has decided she's had enough.
I spent the first few hundred pages of the novel disgusted by many of the characters and baffled by Anna's decisions. I couldn't understand her. However, in spite of this, I forced myself to read through to the end. I'm so glad I did! Everything suddenly made sense about 50 pages to the end. And even though that didn't fix the questionable lifestyles of the characters, it still made it a far more enjoyable read.
Though this definitely wasn't my favorite book this summer, I'm glad I read it. Picoult does a good job writing very real, relatable characters and using them to guide you through the story. 3.5/5