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Mailbox Monday … 6th June 2011


My single entry for this meme today is:


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This Title Is Available From Amazon


‘Sara Fitzgerald’s daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia.

Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything – whatever it takes – to save her child ….’

You can, as usual, click on the image, to view a full synopsis from Amazon, but I felt that it would be too much of a spoiler to publish any more of the synopsis on this meme. I think that the description on the actual book gives away a potted history of the story, including all the best bits, which has rather spoilt it for me. I realise that there needs to be enough information to make an informed choice about whether or not a book is the right one for you, but in this case it seems to have been taken a little too far.

This book was given to me by my mother-in-law, who enjoyed it and was moved by the story.

I have  never read anything by Jodi Picoult before, so your comments, if you are familiar with her work, would be much appreciated.

Mailbox Monday is on tour at the moment and for the month of June, is being hosted by, Bluestocking, so why not head over, leave your link and a comment and allow us all to share your latest book finds.

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  • I haven’t read anything by Jodi Picoult but this has been on my radar to eventually read…I just don’t know when I will actually have time. It is unfortunate that the synopsis gave away so much of the book. I hate it when I find out too much about a book before I have a chance to read it!

    • Hi Jess,

      Same here! I have so many new authors on my list to read, but when I am ever likely to find the time to make any inroads into the list, is beyond me!!

      I like a synopsis to give enough facts to whett the appetite a little, but when it gives too much away, I find myself waiting to get to the part of the book where the plot unfolds as it says it should, so find myself rushing through the book and not taking in all the incidentals to the plot.

  • This was the first Picoult I read long before Picoult was Picoult, if you see what I mean. I was given it and stored it away on my shelves until I hit one of those Saturdays when I had nothing at all to read (Excuse me!!!) and so picked it up at random. Fortunately I wasn’t lecturing on Monday morning because I couldn’t go to work until I’d finished it. That has only happened with two other books in my reading life time. However, that was when she was new and different and I had had no opportunity to realise that everything she writes follows the same formula. I read a couple more as they became available in the UK but these days I don’t bother. But, if you’re starting out then this is a good book, worth reading and you won’t be put off by the ‘same old’ syndrome. The other one I would recommend is ‘Plain Truth’ which on balance I think is a slightly better book that ‘My Sister’s Keeper’.

    • Hi Annie,

      Nothing to read, as if !!!

      Too much to read and just not enough hours in the day, is much closer to the truth, for me at any rate!!

      It is interesting to hear your opinion that everything she writes follows the same formula, as that means that I won’t need to be rushing out to try and acquire all her other books if I enjoy this one.

      That makes it easier for me to move onto another different author, without feeling that I missed out on something, although I did look up ‘Plain Truth’, as you recommended it, and guess what … that’s already been added to my list!

      You really are a bad influence on me LOL

  • I’ve read this one and thought it was a very good read. I devoured it really, I was so engaged with the characters and so on. I then gathered that most of her books go along the same lines so have not read any others… but do have Plain Truth on my tbr shelves.

    • Hi Cath,

      That’s both yourself and Annie, with more or less the same views about this author, and interestingly, you both also have/had ‘Plain Truth’, as your second example of her writing.

      Given that this book came from my mother-in-law, who also commented that she became engaged with the story, and it is not her usual kind of read, I am looking certain to enjoy it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Now you have me intrigued, as none of the other comments have picked up on an event near to the end of the story!!

      I am going to have to read it very soon, so it has gone to the top of my TBR pile, I need to know what this ‘event’ is!!

  • I’ve not read Picoult yet. I know the ending of the movie version of this book upset her diehard fans. I agree, too many back covers give away too much of the story these days! Here’s my Mailbox!

    • Hi Jenny,

      I am never sure whether it is best to read a book first, or to see the film version first, I guess that’s a whole new debate!!

      I am intrigued to know why her fans were so upset by the film version, but as hubbie wouldn’t be caught watching a film like this, I am unlikely to ever find out.

      Some of the critics seemed to give some pretty damning reviews of the film at the time, but i generally find that critique can be quite subjective and it’s all a matter of personal opinion.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Having checked out the synopses of some of this author’s other books, I can see what you mean about ‘Hot Button Issues’!

      I love books that deal with personal relationships, especially those within a family, they are always very contentious issues and raise issues that many of us can relate to, yet would never openly admit.

    • Hi Mary,

      There are just so many authors out there to enjoy, some better than others, that it is knowing who to start with first.

      Everyone seems to rate Picoult quite highly, although many also seem to think that reading one of her books is probably enough, as they all pretty much follow a similar format. ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ appears to one of the most popular.

      I am looking forward to reading this book.

  • This is one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books so far(I haven’t read all of her books yet). Jodi sure knows how to create a discussion with her books. I hope you enjoy it as well.

    • Hi Beth,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment, it is good to ‘meet’ you.

      It does seem that all of Jodi Picoult’s books touch on a sensitive subject, that’s just asking for a controversial discussion, although many other bloggers appear to voice similar reservations, that all of her books follow a set format, making them all a bit ‘samey’.

      I am looking forward to reading this one and having further discussions about it, when I post my thoughts.

    • Hi Wendi,

      It does sound sad, from reading the far too revealing synopsis.

      A couple of other comments have made me aware of an unexpected event towards the end of the story and others have commented about how sad the film production was.

      Sad and controversial in one book, is a recipe for a real weepy!!

  • I read MY SISTER’S KEEPER quite a while ago, but I did like it a lot. My favorite Picoult book is the first I read, THE PACT. Hope you enjoy it!

    • Hello Kay,

      I have spent all my time when answering all your lovely comments, convincing myself that I will only need to read one book by this author, to have gained a true insight into her writing style.

      Now you have gone and thrown a spanner into the works, by highlighting another of her books that so far no-one has mentioned, and which sounds like a really compelling read.

      I can see that I am going to be reading more than one or two of her books, if this one lives up to expectations.

    • Hi Margaret,

      Oh dear!

      I had better make sure that the book on my bedside table when I finish ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ is a good crime/thriller … something to soak up the tears!!!

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      It appears to be a pretty popular choice of both author and book, and all these people can’t be wrong!!!

  • A book that I haven’t read, even though it’s in the house! My two younger girls read it, and then they went to see the movie .. and then they came back all angry because the movie wasn’t like the book! (of course, the book was better). Enjoy!

    • Hi Julie,

      As you can see, film or books first, has already been the subject of debate here, however your comments have just swung the vote, definitely book first.

      It sounds as though your daughters obviously enjoyed the book, to even bother going to see the film, so that seems to be quite a few ‘thumbs up’ votes for both the book and author.

      I need to get on and read it now, so can’t wait to get other committments over and done with first.

    • Hi Diane,

      It seems to be pretty much unanimous that this is a great book, but opinion seems to be a little divided over the film adaptation.

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