Also on my Hall of Fame. My Sister’s Keeper.
My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis : Anna sues her parents so she will not have to donate anything to her sister, who has cancer, unless she chooses to.
Jodi Picoult lets almost all major characters tell the story with their own words. We hear from the mother, Sara, how she learned of the diagnosis and how everything started to revolve around Kate and her survival. Brian, the father and firefighter, appears more sensitive to his youngest daughters role as a permanently giving person, yet fears fighting fire less than fighting the fear of losing his daughter Kate. We listen to Jesse, the older brother, who becomes an arsonist so that can forget that he failed as a donor and exchanges his powerlessness of being his sister’s savior for the power of destroying. We hear Anna, who tells a story of love and worry for her big sister Kate while describing with bittersweet humor her own suffering.
And who’s gonna miss Julia and Campbell's love story? The two add their perceptions of this dramatic case while working on their own entangled past, fighting demons that have followed them since their separation.
It is a heartbreaking story that leaves us readers wondering throughout the book what we would have done in the same situation – as a parent, as a sibling. This book stays with you a long, long time and you can’t help but feel as if you had met the characters personally.
The movie version, is somewhat the other way around.