2008-06 Discussion of My Sister's Keeper
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So, I really loved the part where it turns out the her older sister was the one pushing her to go through all the effort to make sure the she wasnt forced to keep ruining her life for the older sister.
But.. it makes you wonder, what would you do in a situation like that? How much does being a goalie in hockey compare to being able to prolong your sisters life, for an indefinite, maybe miniscule, length of time? What would you do if you were the older sister? Or if you were the younger sister? I'm not sure that I can answer those questions myself... I would hope that if I were the older sister I would do what she did and push her sister to decide for herself and not be forced by her parents. As the younger sister though, I'm not sure what my decision would be? I guess since I'm not athletic and I don't have aspirations that require a perfect body it might be much easier for me to say that I'd be willing to donate to my sister, since that decision wouldn't really be so life-altering for me. I'm not sure I could properly imagine that exact scenario happening to me, since my life is so far removed from theirs.
On another note, I do think this book really makes a good case for general organ donation... I'm never sure why more people don't donate their organs, I guess just generally awareness about these things would help... because I'm sure there are some religious reasons for a few people, but the vast majority of people who aren't donors probably just don't consider it, I would speculate. This book helps makes you realize the difference one person can make...
I never expected the book ending with her dying though... Seemed a sort of easy way for the author to avoid having to have the character follow through with a decision. Although like I said above, I think bringing up the ensuing organ donation probably was good for readers to consider...
And finally, what did everyone else think about the parents role in all of it? What should they have been doing? I don't think they really did anything wrong in having the younger daughter, partially motivated by having a blood match for their older daughter... I think they probably cross a line in compelling their daughter to help the older one though, once shes old enough that she can decide on her own, but at the same time I can't really find that the parents were bad.
Overall, I think it was really well-written, because all of the characters stay with you for a long time, and nobody comes out of the book a clear winner or loser, or good guy or bad guy.
I didn't see it as the author taking the easy way out because she died. I think when some one is so sick that organ donation is the solution that anything can and does happen. There is usually more then one thing wrong with the person plus complications, infections, on and on.
Since everyone was already expecting the older sister to die I thought having the younger sister die instead was a neat twist. What I found "unreal" was how the older sister was suddenly cured after her sister's death.
As a parent I can empathize with having a baby to help save an older child. However I cannot see forcing that child to consistently sacrifice year after year for that same sister.
Though I enjoyed this book, it didn't inspire me to rush out and read others by her. It played on my emotions a bit too much, I think.
Picoult is one of my favorite authors. MSK is one of my favorites. Two other favorites are 19 minutes and Plain Truth. I am currently reading her newest book, Change of Heart combining organ donation and the death penalty as issues. Again, a compelling read!
I'm thinking of getting another copy for my daughter (aged 13) to read before the film adaptation is released, but I didn't read it with her in mind so my 'age appropriateness' filter wasn't active and I'm not sure whether it would be suitable at her age.
any and all opinions most welcome.
That's all I have; being seventeen I'm not usually reading books on age-appropriateness filters :)
I honestly wouldn't have chosen this book for YA, although I can see teenagers reading it - I would have as a teenager had I known about it then.
Oh my goodness did I cry at the end! I read it all in one sitting - I stayed up until 4 AM reading it, and the end completely threw me for a loop.
I think it's age-appropriate; I had a great discussion of it with a 12-year-old, including a debate about the ending.
Which I think was a terrible cop-out. I don't think it's an excuse that "anything can happen when someone is so sick that organ donation is required", because this was the healthy sister who died, in a freak accident with no relation to the illness. The whole book was about a difficult decision that had to be made, and in the end no one had to decide after all! I thought that was a huge disappointment.
I haven't read this book. I saw the movie instead. Afterwards, I sought discussions like this and realized that was a good choice, which is weird.
I hardly ever watch a movie adaptation before I read the book, and the few times that I've done it, I rushed to a bookstore to get the book ASAP.
Not with this one, though. Hearing how the book ends killed any interest I had in it (no pun intended). The movie was very well done, and I liked the ending very much. It made me cry lol
Anyone else is up for discussing this topic, or should we just let it lie?
Are you sure you want to know how it ends? Won't it spoil the movie for you?
I'll tag it and post it here anyway:
*SPOILER FOR THE MOVIE*SPOILER FOR THE MOVIE*SPOILER FOR THE MOVIE*
**************STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET**************
In the movie, the healthy sister lives, but not the ill one. The final day in the trial, the judge decides to go visit the sick kid before making a decision. So she goes to the hospital and talks to the girl. That night, the girl dies. Days later, the surviving sister's lawyer visits her with the court's ruling: they won. If her sister hadn't died, the healthy girl would have had the right to refuse giving her kidney to her sister.
*END SPOILER FOR THE MOVIE*END SPOILER FOR THE MOVIE*END SPOILER FOR THE MOVIE*
It's bittersweet, and a tad predictable for the genre, but it's much, much better than the book, in my not so humble opinion.
What do you think?
You say it's predictable, but I think that's a good thing in this case. The dilemma the family is facing - it's a no-win situation. You're expecting a tear-jerker. The way the author cops-out in the novel to try to give it a "happy ending," just made me angry. It's not a happy ending, it's a b.s. ending.
OT: I was in the DVD section of the library today and I overheard someone telling her friend, "They have My Sister's Keeper." Freaky coincidence.
The movie kinda sucked........ Anybody any thoughts?