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Book Club: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 2009-05-15 07:30:49

Buzz Book Club: My Sister's Keeper, Section Two

Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers. I'm re-reading My Sister's Keeper this month, and I'm finding myself taking breaks between each character's section because it's pretty emotionally draining. You would think I'd be a little numb to it the second time around — but nope.

Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in May). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next section: Read through the section marked "The Weekend" (stop before "Monday"). We'll chat about this section next Friday, May 22.

To discuss last week's section of My Sister's Keeper, in which we read through the section marked "Thursday" (stopping before "Friday"),

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  1. This week, we get a little more insight into what makes Sara tick. It seems like she has a lot of guilt about not being able to provide for Kate the way Anna can. Do you find that reaction understandable, or is it a little strange?
  2. Anna seems so conflicted in this section, and I just want to give her a hug! Sometimes she wants to press ahead with the lawsuit; sometimes she doesn't; sometimes she wants to break away from her mother while other times she goes running to Sara for comfort. Part of me wishes she could pick a position and stick with it, but the rest of me knows she's just 13, and that's a lot to ask of anyone. How are you feeling toward her at this point?
  3. Last week, I was intrigued by Campbell and Julia's relationship, but this week I'm a little annoyed with their story. At this point I want to know what happened between them that was so big that Julia is driven to a tequila-drinking marathon all these years later. Do you think her reaction seems extreme? Or can you understand it? Do you want to know more?
  4. I don't have a sister, and I've found myself wondering whether this book would be completely different if I did. Can any of you shed light on that?
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bingbingboom bingbingboom 7 years
I apologize for not writing a more detailed paragraph. I was glad to read more about Jesse and Sara's interactions. The part where Jess pulled his braces out when Sara wouldn't buy him new cleats really made my stomach turn. I could just mentally picture it in my head. I perfectly understand as parents, Sara and Brian have to pay more attention to the kid that requires more attention - Kate. However, seeing the other two children having to sacrifice their childhood and adolescence also didn't seem right. It's amazing how differently but yet the same Jess and Anna behaved to win their parent's attention. One more thing, I feel like I'm going through a med school by reading all these long syllable medical terms.
nomadreader nomadreader 7 years
1. This week, we get a little more insight into what makes Sara tick. It seems like she has a lot of guilt about not being able to provide for Kate the way Anna can. Do you find that reaction understandable, or is it a little strange? I think it's completely understandable, especially after all these years. She's sacrificed so much, and has sacrificed Anna, I'm sure she feels guilt but doesn't quite know how to deal with it. She can't waiver from thinking she's doing the right thing. 2. Anna seems so conflicted in this section, and I just want to give her a hug! Sometimes she wants to press ahead with the lawsuit; sometimes she doesn't; sometimes she wants to break away from her mother while other times she goes running to Sara for comfort. Part of me wishes she could pick a position and stick with it, but the rest of me knows she's just 13, and that's a lot to ask of anyone. How are you feeling toward her at this point? I love Anna. I don't envy her decision at all. There is no right answer, and she's right to waffle. She wants her sister better, but she also wants control of her own body. She's doing a pretty great job considering the situation. 3. I do want to know more, but I'm not as invested in them as I am in the other characters. Campbell and Julia seem less well developed. His mysterious medical condition he jokes differently about to everyone and her inability to act like an adult. I'm a sucker for young love stories, but theirs seems trite so far. 4. I don't have a sister either, but I imagine myself at 13, and having control of my life in any basic way, let alone my body, would have paramount to me. I don't know that I would have had the selflessness to do this for my brother, but I probably would have (at that age) because I sensed it was the right thing to do.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Sara seems to transfer her desire to help Kate onto Anna; because she would do anything to help Kate she thinks that Anna feels the same. Sara's "gift" to Kate is Anna. But she forgets that Anna has needs that are different from Kate's which sets up the conflict. At one point she acknowledges that she has two daughters, one who is sick, the other who is unhappy. Clearly sickness trumps unhappiness in Sara's mind. She expects Anna to willingly do anything to save Kate since that was why Anna was "created." What bothers me most about Sara is her tunnel vision when it comes to her children who, except for Kate, are invisible to her. Adolescence, alone, contributes to Anna's uncertainty; add to that the pressure she feels from her parents, particularly Sara, and you have one really conflicted young lady who is full of doubts and fears. The dilemma is overwhelming; she wants to do the right thing but constantly second guesses what that might be. Honestly, there seems to be no good choices in this dilemma, only different options. I really would really like to hear more directly from Kate since most of what we know so far is filtered through others. I'm annoyed by the Campbell/Julia story as well though now I'm curious about who they are as individuals and as a "couple." At first, I saw their relationship as a distraction to the advancement of the story; now I suspect that is is more essential than I first believed. I'm anxious to hear from those who have siblings, especially those who have sisters. I'm an only child so I don't have experience with sibling relationships, but I do know that I felt a lot of pressure to please my parents and to do what was asked of me. In that way, I can relate to Anna's fear of saying "no" even when she wants to.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
I realize Anna is only 13- but she's the one who started this lawsuit, and the wishy-washyness is really irritating me. Pick a decision and stick with it!! Honestly... I don't care about Campbell and Julias past! BORING. As for me, I do have a sister, but I haven't thought of ourselves in this situation. It's hard to say what you would do if you really were faced with it.
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