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I'm vaguely amused that I got two comments to my last post that started with the exact same question:

"Is Jodi Picoult any good?" Same exact wording, even. ♥ to Alya (sirenkatie) and Mori (bittersuite); this post is for you.


At the end of last year, I asked for book recommendations (because I got a bunch of gift cards for Christmas and didn't know what I wanted to get). Kristen (krispies) suggested My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I did indeed pick it up at the bookstore (along with several other books), though I didn't read it until about mid-late January (looking back through my posts in this journal, I finished it on my birthday).

I think I'd IMed Kristen to ask why she didn't warn me to have kleenex on hand for the end. I cried throughout the entire epilogue. Even just thinking back to the end of that book makes me sad.

But anyway, it is a spectacular book. I read it, and it really did make me think. What's legal? What's morally right? What if they're not the same? It also had me thinking of what I would do myself, if I was in that situation. Would I sacrifice one child to save another? Beyond that, would I have a child for the primary purpose of her (or him) being able to save her (or his) older sibling? And then I started thinking about it from the point of view of the child in question. If I was born for the primary purpose of saving an older sibling, how would I feel about that? What would I do when I got old enough to make my own medical decisions: would I put the health and well-being of my sibling ahead of my own?

I don't think I came up with any concrete answers for myself, but my heart just broke for all of the characters in the novel, especially the family, because they were all just trying to get through everything, and you could really see their own sides and their own struggles with it.

In short, it was an amazing book that really got me thinking and really tugs on the heartstrings. I would highly recommend it to anyone.


Prior to reading My Sister's Keeper, I also picked up The Tenth Circle (her latest in paperback) because I saw it at the bookstore, read the back, and thought it sounded interesting. I've yet to read that one, though I think that once I'm done with the Violet series (and after I read The Time Traveler's Wife, like I told Alya I would) I'll read The Tenth Circle and the other two Jodi books that I picked up at the bookstore yesterday (The Pact and Plain Truth). I'm actually itching to read the Jodi books now, but I'm half-way through In Golden Blood and it would be silly not not just go ahead and read From Black Rooms right away, since I'm already all caught up on the books.


This post is public, because I think that everyone should be able to read and know about Jodi Picoult's amazing book.

Comments

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septimus
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I saw the movie version of The Pact and my grandmother lent me her copies of The Pact and The Tenth Circle after I expressed interest. XD
brandied_plum
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
a.) There's a movie version of The Pact? Is it good? Is it a movie-movie or a "Lifetime Original Movie" or other straight-to-TV movie?

b.) Are The Pact and The Tenth Circle good? Or have you not read them yet?

c.) Btw, have I mentioned that I love your icon? I've no idea what it references, but it makes me giggle, and makes me think of my own AIM name.
septimus
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
a) Yes! It's so-so; it's a Lifetime movie and it definitely had the great potential but it had the woman who plays Karen from Will & Grace in it as one of the parents so I was really thrilled about it.

b) I haven't read them yet :(

c) my icon references our favorite Albino-Chick!
brandied_plum
Apr. 29th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
a.) I may have to try to unsurface the movie somewhere after reading the book. Hmmm. Even though Karen from Will & Grace annoys me ... is she as annoying in the movie as she is as Karen?

b.) YOU SHOULD READ THEM. For that matter, so should I.

c.) Ahhhhh. When can we kill her? Also, everyone knows that a kitten patronus totally pwns a lamb one, yo. ;D
septimus
Apr. 29th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
a) Her voice is that same high-pitchedness, but I wouldn't say she's as annoying as Karen. She's annoying in her own different way.

b) I WILL. I'll read them when I'm done my finals!

c) I say.... now. Plz. And kitten patronuses > lamb patronuses any day!! I love cat macros!
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