May 19, 2014

Movie Mondays: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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Mondays here at Found in the Fiction are devoted to comparing books and the movies that were based on them! We are going to be looking at which was better, and why I thought so!!! So stick around, comment and let me know which you liked better, and enjoy!

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 challenged . . . until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is begining 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.

Buy this book here: My Sister's Keeper

Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
Pages: 423
Publisher: Washington Square Press

Anna was born so that she could help save Kate's life. I don't like the premise of this book because I don't in any way think it's ethical or normal. However, the fact that it gets me frustrated and makes me think, I believe, is the mark of a good book. I just don't understand why parents would have a child for that soul purpose. It seems so sad to me. But the fact that Jodi Picoult can make me feel those things is good!

The book is full of moral and ethical questions. The whole time I wondered what I would do if I was Anna, or if I was the parents, or how I would feel if I was Kate. Anna is suing her parents medical independence from them, so that she can choose whether or not to donate her body parts to her dying sister Kate.

The book is well written and it kept me interested because of the moral dilemmas it presented. It is a good book, I'd recommend it to anyone. My complaint about this book however is the ending. And when I'm not happy with the way a book resolves itself I often times question whether I liked the book at all.

For me I felt like the novel ended so suddenly. Like, BAM! its over. Its almost as if the story had already ended, and then Picoult decided to through in a game changer and that completely altered how things ended. And honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of it.

I'd give the book 3 arrows. It was frustrating, but mentally challenged my personal beliefs. I like when a book does that.

As for the movie My Sister's Keeper I felt much the same as I did about the book, so this will be a short comparison. The ending was different from the book, which I was ok with, but the fact that the movie altered the story presented in the book annoys me. Personally, if you're going to have a movie based on a book, you can't alter the most important part of it. And even if the ending isn't the best, its how the book ended, so thats how the movie should end. But again, I'm a purist when it comes to book :) 

Both movie and book were just ok for me. I can't really rank one above the other, because neither really stands out in my mind.They are ok once, but won't ever happen again for me.

P.S. I just updated my currently reading -------------------------------------------------------->
check it out! My to-read list is getting smaller, one book at a time! 

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