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My Sister’s Keeper

 Author: Jodi Picoult  Category: Drama  Published: April 6, 2004  Language: English  File Size: 3.1 MB  Tags: ContemporaryDomesticdramafamilyFictionnovelRealistic Fiction |  Download PDF


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, explores the theme of sister and family bonds; what appears to be true versus the reality; and one is the fine line between right and wrong in medical ethics.


It is the story of Anna, a thirteen year old girl genetically conceived to be a match for her leukemia-positive sister. Within minutes of her birth, she was a donor for Kate, sharing her cord blood to save her sister’s life.

Famous Quotes:

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect . . . You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”

“I want to sue (my parents) for the rights to my own body.”

“Maybe it’s because Jesse isn’t all that different from me, choosing fire as his medium, needing to know that he could command at least one uncontrollable thing.”

“See, unlike the rest of the free world, I didn’t get here by accident. And if your parents have you for a reason then that reason better exist. Because once it’s gone, so are you.”

“The answer is that there is no good answer. So as parents, as doctors, as judges, and as a society, we fumble through and make decisions that allow us to sleep at night—because morals are more important than ethics, and love is more important than law.‘”

“As we got older, I didn’t seem to exist, except in relation to her.”

“You admitted that you’ve always considered Kate’s health, not Anna’s, in making these choices. … So how can you claim to love them both equally? How can you say that you haven’t been favoring one child in your decisions?”

“I’m actually educated to think that morals and ethics do not necessarily go hand in hand.”

“Either this girl loses her sister, I think, or she’s going to lose herself.”

“If you don’t want to be my sister anymore, that’s one thing. But I don’t think I could stand to lose you as a friend.”

“It made me wonder, thought, what would have happened if Kate had been healthy. … Certainly, I would not be part of this family.”

“A major decision about me is being made, and no one’s bothered to ask the one person who most deserves it to speak her opinion.”

“I have a feeling that if I really try to figure out who I am without Kate in the equation, I’m not going to like who I see.”

Literary awards:

  • Audie Award for Multi-Voiced Performance (2005)
  •  Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Young Adults (2007)
  •  ALA Alex Award (2005)Lincoln Award (2006)
  • Green Mountain Book Award (2007)
  • Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2007)