I loved this book...right up until the last 100 pages.
Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of Leukemia, and needs bone marrow in order to keep her alive. Her sister, Anna, is a perfect match. She should be -- she was specifically chosen out of several embryos to match her sister. The parents created a donor for their one daughter, Kate, in the form of another daughter, Anna. After 13 years of hospital visits, painful procedures and medical treatments, Anna enlists the help of an attorney, Campbell Alexander, to help her obtain medical emancipation from her parents. She has had enough, but what about her sister? This is the story of My Sister's Keeper.
Let me explain why I love the first 3/4 of this book. In my opinion, any book that makes you feel, or makes you question your own morals on any given topic, is a success (like The Reader or The Road). This was the first Picoult book I ever read, but I think it will be my last. I am a mother, and my heart broke for the parents; but I also have a sister, and my heart broke for Anna as well. I felt like Picoult manipulated me somehow and sucked me into her formulaic novel just to lead me to a cheap ending.
Without ruining the ending, (I won't, I promise), I have to explain why the ending was so horrible. Did you ever see movies like Con Air, that just when you think the movie is over and everything is wrapped up, all of a sudden you're watching 30 more minutes of gratuitous violence and airplanes being blown up on the Las Vegas Strip because some prop master had some extra M-80s in the store room or they needed to stretch the time? This is how the ending felt. Gratuitous, self-serving, and disconnected with the overall sentiment of the story. My question is this: Was it the editor's decision or the author's? Without knowing the answer, I have a feeling this might be my last Picoult book.
Note #1, dated 3/09: I have yet to find a Picoult book jacket that doesn't make me want to jump off a bridge just from reading the blurb. Any suggestions?
Note #2, dated 6/09: I am usually the first person to go see a movie based on one of the books I've read, but I have yet to see My Sister's Keeper. Has anyone seen it yet? Thoughts?