Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton 2008
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I wanted to read this because I remember hearing so much about it butthis was an accidental re-read, for some reason I thought that I hadn’t read this (just seen the film – which would be very unlike me!) but I had read it. Once I had started I struggled to put it down so thought that I would continue with it regardless 🙂
Sara Fitzgerald’s daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Reeling with helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything – whatever it takes – to save her child.
Then the test results come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate f they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only one option: creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister.
When Sara and Brian Fitzgerald’s daughter Kate is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at the age of two and she needs certain things from a donor. None of Kate’s family match so after talking to a doctor, Sara and Brian decide to have another baby that is a genetic match.
Seconds after this baby was born, something was taken from her, her umbilical cord. Since then lots of things were taken from her without her parents or doctors asking for her consent… But this was when she was young, she didn’t really know what was going on and she knew it was helping her sister.
But now she’s thirteen and they’re asking her to donate one of her kidneys, this is the biggest thing that they have asked for to date and it could well have lifelong effects. Now she’s older she gets to think about these things and she can make her own decisions but her parents don’t think agree and that’s why Anna is suing her parents for the rights to her own body.
Everyone had a different perspective, that you learn about throughout the book. They all have merits and Anna is conflicted throughout. Does she limit her chances in life or does she help her sister even though she doesn’t want to anymore?
As well as this there is a ‘sort of’ love story between Campbell and Julia, the attorney and the lady appointed to make a decision on whether or not Anna is capable enough to make her own decisions regarding her medical rights.
But I’m saying no more as I don’t want to give any spoilers to those of you that haven’t read it yet!
Firstly, this book had me laughing, crying and going through despair! I like the fact that they debated (albeit briefly) about ‘designer babies’ and the merits/cons of this for of conception.
To be honest this book was a little slow to get going, it was all about this law case and they were always in court.
At first I found it rather annoying but as the book got going I liked the fact that it was from all these different perspectives – the chapters jump around between characters and the timeline. It showed you what it must be like for a parent to make decisions like the decisions that Sara and Brian have to make involving Anna and Kate.
I was like ‘It’s so obvious what’s going to happen.’
And then I actually got to the very end … I don’t cry at any books! And this book is one of the most heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, most upsetting, sad, miserable, books I have read in a long time possibly ever!
“It’s about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.”
Have you even accidentally re-read a book and realised a few pages in? Do you think you’d like to give this book a go? If you’ve read it, please share your opinions with me, I’d love to hear them 🙂