Monday, November 22, 2010

Greatest Novel to be Chucked Across the Room

My Sister's KeeperMy Sister's Keeper – Jodi Picoult
Evan’s ESS = 6 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 6.5 out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Content, Language, Violence, Extreme Medical & Moral Decisions, Lawyers)

"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not."

Why: My Sister’s Keeper receives the distinction as being the first hard cover novel to be thrown across the room during the reading.  Needless to say, the plot twist at the end is a boomer…  In fact, due to the sensitive nature of PPR (premature plot reveal) we must be very vigilant with the content of this review. 

My Sister’s Keeper is a heart wrenching account of a young girls struggle with leukemia.  Kate’s battle is brutal and often times hopeless.  The entire family is understandably affected and learns to cope through varying levels of destructiveness.  If the situation wasn’t already unpleasant enough, Kate’s most recent relapse requires a kidney from her younger sister.  The decision is much more complicated below the surface and sets the stage for most of the novel’s drama and shocking plot twists. 

This was our first introduction to Jodi Picoult and boy does she ever hit a controversial topic square in the forehead.  To be honest (as if we’d be anything but genuine on this blog), her writing for us was a little rough and her characters a bit one dimensional.  On the flip side, her page-turn-ability is more than respectable.  Last year the novel climbed all the way to number 7 on the ALA list of most challenged books, proving once again that My Sister’s Keeper is definitely a keeper! 

Editor’s Note:  Please, if you happen to be a serial book thrower, choose the paperback version.

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