Saturday, May 2, 2009

So, What Did I Read First?

I know I said that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be my next read, but it hasn't arrived from yet, so, after getting that draft off my hands I had to read something, right? Preferably not from the eighteenth-century, and not something I had to analyze and take notes on. I wanted a novel I could lose myself in.

Well, this is it. And what a great story. I highly recommend this novel. Well, let me clarify that. If you like nice, neat, up-dated versions of fairy tales, this novel is not for you. If you like to think about the issues and explore the ambiguities of life, you'll love it. Here's a short synopsis:

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?


Trisha said...

I read this last summer and LOVED IT. It raised so many questions, even if it was had to read (emotionally) at times. The quote at the beginning of the book (about starting a war) has become one of my favorites. I have it hanging in my classroom. I am finally getting around to reading The Poisonwood Bible, and I think it may turn out to be a favorite too.

Stephanie said...

You will LOVE Poisonwood Bible. It's one of my favorite novels. Let me know what you think when you finish it.

Jennifer said...

Ok, after you told me about this book Friday, I saw a preview for the movie yesterday!! It has Cameron Diaz playing the mother...and it looks SO GOOD!

Stephanie said...

That's a movie I'll have to see! I hope it's out soon.