Genres: Young Adult, Adult, Contemporary, Drama
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?”
Anna has spent her entire life, from the second she entered to world, saving her sister Kate. She was born to be a perfect match for her sister who suffers from leukemia. Despite having to go to the hospital more than any other child, Anna never complained. Until her mother asked for a kidney. Anna’s no longer sure that she wants to live the rest of her life as spare parts for a sister that might never recover.
An absolutely beautifully written book. Picoult captures the voices of a variety of characters, showcasing everyone’s feelings and making every side easy to sympathize with. Readers will want to support Anna, but also be able to understand her mother’s actions. Unfortunately some of the characters given a POV seem to detract from the story. Campbell Alexander, and Julia’s POVs specifically. The side plot, while interesting, feels incredibly out of place. The ending does feel a bit manipulative, and rids the book a bit of any morals it could have presented. Kate herself gets very little development, despite being quite central to the story. It was a touching read, but it just felt like it was missing something and tried to fill it up with a corny romance and a ill-conceived twist.
It’s also achingly cliche at times.