Monday, February 25, 2008

My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Piccoult)

OMG. loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this book.

Do you get the idea I liked it?

Great premise - baby is selected via genetic testing to serve as a donor for her old sister with a rare form of leukemia. At age of 16, sister files for medical emancipation for her parents to avoid donating a kidney, the latest in a long line of treatments that helped extend her sister's life.

The story is told in a crash-like multi speaker perspective with all the main characters. The end was positively shocking but also somehow satisfying.

Can't say enough good things. There were two quotes I liked about parenting in the book. Unfortunately I only copied down one before returning the book to the library. Here it is:

... kids don’t stay where they are supposed to. You turn around and find her not in the bedroom but hiding in a closet; you turn around and see she’s not three but thirteen. Parenting is really just a matter of tracking, of hoping your kids do not get so far ahead you can no longer see their next move.

In an interesting side note apparently this movie is in production and the F.anning sisters were in negotiations to play the main roles. However, it seems D.akota balked at the idea of shaving her head. Which, hello??? And has since been replaced with A.bigail Bre.slin. Honestly I couldn't be happier about that. Bres.lin is freakin' adorable.