Where should I start? What can I say about the book? Do I like it? It is hard to say. I don’t like the ending. In reality, I hate it. It is not what I would have expected. I don’t like the Mom. Maybe desperate time needs desperate measures. Still, it is hard for me to imagine that a mom could be like that, pouring all her love towards one sick child, oblivious of another child’s predicament and sacrificing and putting one child at risk for the sake of another one. Her total devotion to the leukemic child, Kate, leads to the neglect of her other children. Her son, Jesse, takes drugs and becomes a pyromaniac because of feeling hopeless and worthless. Her daughter, Anna, born to serve as a walking donor for the sole purpose of extending her sister’s life, holds certain resentment for being a donor as she undergoes invasive medical interventions. She has nightmares about her being cut into so many pieces that there isn’t enough of her to be put back together. I really feel for her. I despise the concept of conceiving a child just to keep the leukemic sibling alive. How can one bring a child to life only to let her/him suffer and expose her/him to dangers so as to save another child? What right do we, as parents, have? Is it justifiable for the Mom to fight for her leukemic child at whatever cost it takes, even if it means to infringe upon the rights of another? Where is the boundary? Where is the fine line between legality and morality?
My Sister's Keeper, written by Jodi Picoult, is captivating, and full of drama, dilemma and controversy. It is poignant, sad, and heart wrenching. It tells a story about the Fitzgeralds, a family in turmoil, from the different viewpoints by the different characters. It examines the emotions of each character and his/her reactions encountering the situations. It is not easy not to become entwined in the tumultuous lives of this family. The story is fast pace and intriguing. Would I recommend it? I really don’t know.