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All in all

January 7, 2010

Spelling Style

All the main characters narrate chapters. The chapters are told from the first point of view. The reader is able to see the effects of Kates illness on her family. Every character has a diffrent point of view/perspectives. Picoult allows the characters to narrate their own story.

The theme fire

Fire is a common part of the book, it also ties much of the plot together.The passages which initiate each section concern fire. These passages got weekdays as headline.
Brian the father, is a firefighter. Jesse, the son, sets fires. The illness of Kate, also can be compared to fire, because it is out of control and destroys everything in ist path. Anna links her initiating the lawsuit to fire. Brian says a fire should be allowed to burn unchecked. He relates to Kate’s illness in that they should let it run ist course without interference. He’s trying to eliminate the home fires, which include Kate’s illness, Anna’s lawsuit, Sara’s stubbornness and Jesse’s loneliness.

My reading experiences

I’ve seen the film before. I’d known what the book is about and that it is a sad and dramatic story. In spite of everything I’ve cried a lot. When you’re reading between the lines and you attempt to put yourself in the position of one of the characters you notice that this is impossible. It’s a destiny some people have to live with and as a healthy person you can’t imagine how terrible this must be. If you aren’t intrestet in reading the book yet, I only can propose to you to watch the movie. You won’t regret your decision!!! It’s a book you can read again and again and you’ll never get bored.

I hope you enjoyed my blog, see you soon!!! Enjoy the last days of the holidays!!!

Yours Vicky

p.s.: If you’ve got questions, then ask me please 😉


p.471- to the end

January 7, 2010

It is rainy. Anna thinks about the rain. She reflects that rain is ongoing in ist path and comes back.
Brian remembers it was raining when Anna was born.
Sara observes that it is raining. She feels unsure of herself.
The judge asks if everyone is ready.
Sara starts to read from her cards. She explains that the law always has supported parents making decisions. She asdresses to Anna  that she has always loved her and always will do. She adds that she is programmed to want to save Kate, and that Anna maybe understabd this when she’s a mother. She tries to see it from different views. As a sister she wants equality. As a mother she wants always the best for her children.
Campbell also starts to read his cards. His conclusion is that it’s not important what the judge or the parents think- it’s important what Anna thinks.
The judge calls for a break to make his decision.
The judge comes back with a picture of the daughter he lost. He says that this is the course of life. Anna wins the case. They’d filled out the forms and Brian left to go to Kate.

Campell is going to take Sara, Julia and Anna to the hospital.

While Kate is undergoing dialysis Brian is by her side. His beeper goes off. There’s a car accident- a BMW and a truck have collided. Brian drives to the accident. He talks to a police officer and finds out that  three persons a hurt and one has been sent to hospital.The truck has jammed into the passenger’sside of the car. A dog comes out of the car and Brian realizes that Campell and his family were in this car.

Anna’s organs have been removed.
Her parents are going to see her. They reflect that they have to turn off her breathing machine. Sara knows she has prepared to lose a child, but it was not Anna’s time- she can’T go through with this.
Anna dies at the hospital.


The epilogue is about a poem called „Submergence“ by D.H. Lawrence.

2010- Kate talks about how they grieve for Anna.  Her father says he’s able to see her in the sky. Her mother search for signs that say Anna returns. Kate blames herself, because she wanted to be the ghost that is always there. Eight years have passed since her last relapse. Kate knows that someone had to die, and her little sister made the sacrifice.

p.312- p.471

January 7, 2010

2001- Sara discovers Anna’s secret- Anna is playing hockey. She wondered what other secrets Anna had.
The family was about to go and watch Anna’s match.
The 13-year-old Kate won’t go with them because she looks terrible. Over the past four years it had been happening off ana on. One day Sara had enough. She shaved off her hair and looked like Kate.

Anna thinks about how people would look in heaven.
On Sunday afternoon Campbell, Sara, Anna and Brian are meeting in his office, because Sara wants to discuss the case. Sara displays judiciousness.

Julia is preparing her report to the judge. She has to decide whether she is for or against Anna. It’s difficult for her to stay professional because in the past she had a romance with Campbell. They have dinner together. Julia didn’t get over him.
During the nigth he watches her sleeping.
He leaves her because he has to go to the courthouse before Anna. When he arrives at the courthouse he sees reporters waiting. He knows that will scare Anna. He arranges a security for her.

Anna tells the judge that children are mor open-minded than the adults think. Campbell asks her clever questions. When he’s questioning Sara, she realizes how complicated the situation is.

2002- Sara remembers Kate’s meeting a boy named Taylor during chemo. He was her big love. They had so much in common. During the time with Taylor Kate was the happiest girl on the world. Her sickness was minor matter. They went together to a hospital ball- Kate looked wonderful, she had bougth a dress and a periwig.
Taylor doesn’t answer Kate after this evening. Kate was acid and disappointed. She adept from the nurse that Taylor is dead. Her status changed for the worse.

At judge Brian talks about how to make something explode, he says that it’s difficult to wait at the hearing. He has to leave because of a commitment. He went home and no one was there. At Jesse’s appartment he find a recycling bin.
The fire is located at an elementary school. He finds gasoline from a Molotov cocktail.

Campbell listens to Kate’S doctor. He informs the judge that there are no guarantees with cancer. The docotr smiles at Sara and says that Kate was supposed to die by age five and she is now 16.
Brian comes again into the courthouse with Anna. At the hearing he asks him whether he ever disagreed with Sara about Anna’s donating to Kate- Campbell knwos when the judge finds out that one of her parents support Anna, granting the emancipation will not be that hard. He says Brian’s support would conteract Julia’s report.

The present day- Sara is questioning Brian. Sara remembers their great time and Brian joins her in remembering. Sara wants to know whether Anna would miss this time if Kate were not around.
Outside of the courtroom Anna and Campbell have an argument.
When they return to the courtroom he’s about to question Julia.  But Sara first wants to hear the psychiatrist who met her children from time to time.
Now Julia is sitting at the witness stand questioned by Campbell. She says that Anna feels responsible for her sister‘s health. Julia doesn’t came up with a conclusion.
It’s Anna’s turn. She is ready to give up. To deflect the attention from her she’s making a joke. Her mother notices that she’s behaving strangely. Campbell is asking Anna  why she filed the petition. Anna explained that her mum asked her to donate a kidney. Than she remembers how Kate became weak a couple of months before.
Campbell doesn’t feel well. He goes to the men’s room. Anna enters the men’s room. Campbell explains her that the his dog is for seizures. Anna wants to know whether his sickness is the reason he represented her.
He and Anna return to the courtroom.
The judge wants to go to the hospital to speak to Kate. The judge introduces himself to Kate and asks her whether he can talk to her in private.
The judge DeSalvo leaves the room funereal. He says the closing arguments will commence at nine in the morning the next day.

p.128- p.312

January 7, 2010

The judge, his name is DeSalvo, calls a guardian ad litem (  for his case. Her name is Julia, being a guardian for minors in court cases is her job. She agrees to do the job.
Julia visits the Fitzgeralds. The only one who’s at home is Anna. She talks to her and explains her what she’s doing.

Campbell is interrupted by Julia, while he’s working. They know each other from the past. They talk about the case, and that Sara may is trying to get Anna drop the case.

Anna is watching photos from her and her siblings, when her father calls her. He tells her that her mother and Kate are at the hospital and that he’s to leave because of an alarm. Jesse drives her to the hospital. She wonders how people would treat her if Kate were well, because they’re always nice. Jesse satisfy her that she’s not doing the wrong.

Julia visits Brian at the fire station and introduces herself. He wants to bring her to Sara. He takes her to his car which is filled with astronomy maps. He explains that it’s a hobby from him and Anna is named after a galaxy.

1996- It’s Kate’s eight birthday. Her mum remarks a bruise on Kate’s thigh. For five years she had been in remission, now she was in molecular relapse.
Ten-year-old Jesse had an argument with Sara, because he wants to get a sports equipment. For him it’s grave to understand that his sisters always take centre stage.

Anna tries to imagine what it would be like to live without Kate.
Sara speaks to Anna at the hospital and attempts to make an excuse relating to the lawsuit. She promises her that everything will be better.
Anna volunteers to tell Kate.

Campell admits to the judge that he’s using the press to his advantage. He also says that he conversant from Julia that Sara said that the lawsuit was just a misunderstanding. He adds that this violates the judge’s order and that Sara has to seperate her roles as mother and lawyer. Campbell arrogates a physical separation.

Jesse gets to know Julia. She introduces herself and asks where Anna is. Jesse asks wheter he’s his sister’s keeper. They talk about the family life of the Fitzgeralds.

Anna moves into the fire station of her father. He realises the first time that Anna needs protection and room to breathe. He decided to let her stay at the station. Because of that he has an argument with Sara.

Campbell cannot find Anna and Julia. He goes to the hospital in attendance of the judge. He asks a doctor for the medical charts from Anna.

Brian is remembering a Greek legend about Pandora that demonstrates how hope is vital. Campell Alexander enters the fire station with Anna. He talks with Brian about the case and Brian’s point of view.

1997- Sara commemorates taking Anna to hospital, because of a bike accident. Kate said that she liked sitting in the waiting room even better. In the age of nine Sara found Kate in the bathroom with rectal bleeding, which is a sign of leukemia.The docotor told the parents that Kate had a clinical relapse and recommended a bone marrow transplant which is dicey.

The trial is going to start in two days. Anna is wondering about the origins of life. She’s staying at hospital with her mum and Kate. The doctor is coming in and warns that Kate’s status can turn every minute.

Brian remembers  when he and Sara went on a road trip. They had an big argument because nobody knowed the route. They’d lost their way. After a while they were happy to have each other.

p.7- p.128

January 6, 2010

The book starts with a prologue. It’s a quote by Carl von Clausewitz about planning a  war.

Anna remembers trying to kill her sister with a pillow at age 3. Brian, their father stops her and said that that never’d happened. From her point of view she doesn’t seem to exist, except in relation to her sister.

p.7- p.128

Thirteen-year-old Anna Fitzgerald tells how she was sired- she was born because a scientist managed to hook up her mother’s eggs and her fathers sperm to create a specific combination of precious genetic material, only to save her sister Kate who has acute promyelocytic leukemia.
Anna goes to a pawnshop to sell a necklet. She gains less than it’s worth.
One day Anna is going to Campbell Alexander, an advocate. She explains her medical history- she has given Kate cord blood, leukocytes, stem cells and bone marrow. She illustrates him her situation- she feels ignored and it seems like her donations will never end- and that she will have to donate one of her kidneys to her sister. Because of that she wants to sue her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. Campbell agreed.

Sara Fitzgerald remembers how she found a bruise on 2-year-old Kate’s back during bath time. The doctor did several tests with her daughter. He told her that Kate’s white cell count is low and sent her to the Hematology/Oncology at the hospital. In this situation she was on her own, because Brian worked at the fire station.

The whole family is sitting at the table, having dinner. The parents recognize that something is going on with Anna, because she behaves not as usual.

Anna approaches how out of place she feels in her family. While Kate goes through dialysis, she describes the process and discusses the kidney transplants with her mother.
An old family friend arrives to serve papers. Sara is shocked about Anna’s accusation. They’ve an argument and Anna leaves.

1990- Sara recollect being in hospital with Kate. The nurses explain  leukemia to Brian and her. Possibilities like chemotherapy, marrow transplant were mentioned but also the ventures and the outcome.

Campbell Alexander conserves a telephone call from Sara Fitzgerald. She says that Anna has decided to withdraw the lawsuit. He says he will need to hear that from Anna.
After talking to her it turned out that she has not changed her mind.

Anna imagines her funeral. Compared to Kate’s funeral it would be very exiguous.
She’s exhilarated because she’s going to talk to the judge. The judge explains her that there’s a conflict between what her mother and Campbell are saying. He adds that there will be a trial excepting her parents agree to the emancipation.

For Jesse, Anna is the only one who connects him to his family. He asks himself who would get his organs if he dies. Jesse likes to play with matches. He’s going to an abandoned building and sets a fire. He looks at the fire trucks and firefigthers coming in- he sees his father.

Synopsis of My Sister’s Keeper

January 4, 2010

When their two year old daughter Kate contract at leukemia, Sara and Brian Fitzgerald make up the decision to get another child- in the hope of that the new child would be a genetic match for her older sister.

Sara and Brian Fitzgerald have two children Jesse and Kate, the live a normal life till the day they find out that Kate contract at promyelocytic leukemia. The only chance for the Fitzgeralds is to get another daughter who’s able to rescue Kate. Especially Sara does everything to keep Kate alive.
In this case Anna is necessary. Kate and Anna are more closer than normal sisters, because Kate the older one, is dependend on Anna. Despite of their youth the sisters had to deal with a lot of hospitalabidances- that’s the everday life of the family, who’s close together in every situation.
The mother Sara gives up her job as advocate to be there for Kate- sometimes she becomes desperate. Brian her husband is there for her in every circumstance, but the thougher of his wife brings him into passivity.
Their son Jesse feels neglected, because the attention is always on Anna and Kate.
Because of her sister’s dependency on her, Anna is unable to live the life she wants- in and out of the hospital constantly, she cannot take part in extracurricular activities such as cheerleading or soccer.
When Kate turns 13 she goes into renal failure. Anna will have to donate one of her kidneys to her sister, so she sues her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. The advocate Campbell Alexander agrees to work for Anna pro bono.
While reading the book the reader is confronted with flashbacks which deal with the strong relationship between the sisters, as well as how Kate’s illness has affected her siblings‘ lives.
Before the result of the case is known, it is revealed that Kate had asked Anna to file for medical emancipation. Anna wins the case and due to her sister’s wishes does not donate her kidney. Kate later dies.
The family moves on with their lives, being changed by Kate’s death, but every year on Kate’s birthday they go to Montana, which was her favorite place in the world.


That’s the ending of the movie, the ending of the book is different- after the case, Campbell, Anna and Sara drive to the hospital. They’ve  a car accident. Anna dies in the hospital, not Kate. Kate gets Anna’s kidney.

About my author

January 4, 2010

My author, Jodi Picoult, now is 42 years old. She was born in May 1966 in Long Island, New York. She’s the bestselling author of fifteen novels, for example Picture Perfect (1995), Keeping Faith (1999), Perfect Match (2002) and My Sister’s Keeper (2004).
Jodi Picoult studied creative writing at Princeton. During this time two short stories from her were published in several magazine. After her graduation she did a variety of jobs like English teacher, copywriter at an ad agency or editor at a textbook publisher.
She earned a master degree in education from Harvard University.
Jodi Picoult married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton. While she was pregnant with her first child she wrote her first novel Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992). They and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with two Springer spaniels, two donkeys, two gees, three ducks, six chickens and the occasional Holstein.
Jodi Picoult writes her books at home in her office. Her kids are the only ones who are allowed to interrupt her. For Picoult her kids are the most important ones in her life in contrast to her international success and her continuous appearing novels.
Besides it’s very important for Jodi Picoult that her work is in detail and veridical, especially that the discription of different settings is authentic. That she’s able to work in detail she visits different locations to procure a exactly view about what she’s telling. So she worked for example at a milk farm from Amish, watched a heart surgery in an emergency room and she visited a death row.
In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She has also been the recipient an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist, one of ten books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults; the Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year; a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America; Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Fearless Fiction’ Award 2007; Waterstone’s Author of the Year in the UK, a Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, a Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and a Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award. Most recently, she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics.
Jodi Picoults books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries.
Four of her books have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper had it’s premiere on June 26, 2009.

Jodi on her writing

„Writing is not about being inspired, waiting for thr muse to strike. You can always edit something bad. You can’t edit something blank. I’m always writing, even when I’m not at my desk. I write on my hands. I used to write on my kids‘ hands, too, but they don’t let me any more. When I’m driving I sometimes write all the way up my arms.“ Jodi Picoult the exorcist‘ interview, The Telegraph, 6 April 2008

Others on Jodi

“If Jodi Picoult were a general, she would be Patton; if a sports franchise, the New York Yankees; if a natural phenomenon, the sunrise. Which is to say, Picoult is not merely relentless – so are allergies and colds – but exquisitely so.” —Tampa Tribune

“Jodi Picoult writes novels mothers and daughters can agree on even if they disagree on almost everything else.” —NY Daily News

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

November 1, 2009