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Most people will probably recognise this story as the hit film starring Abigail Breslin, Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. I would recommend anyone who hasn't seen the movie, to read the book first, as in my opinion it is far better. Also, the endings of the two are completely different. The one in the film is probably more believable and satisfying, but if you like the shock factor, then you will probably prefer the book. The story is of a girl dying of lukemia who is waiting for a kidney transplant from her sister. Her sister however, starts a legal battle because she does not wish to donate against her will. In steps Alec baldwin as her fierce and inscrutable lawyer. All through the book you think that she is incredibly selfish and her lawyer is simply looking out for himself and is 100% cut throat. But is the truth really what it seems? The other storyline is of her mother who is desperately fighting to give her a life. But what kind of life does she have and is it what the girl wants? Nothing but pain, heartbreak and endless hospital visits - when will it end. Her mother fights so hard that she loses sight of everything else. She gives up on her once successful career, her marriage is on the very of no repair and her son gets in trouble over and over again; seemingly for attention. Again, Jodi Picoult gets you questioning what you would do in this situation, and makes you appreciate your own life, no matter what you are going through. She truly is a phenomenal writer. I struggle to put her books down. I got this book on offer at the Works as part of the 2 for £5 - true bargain.
My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult Adapted from the back of the book: "Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Reeling with the helpless shock of it, her parents will do anything to save their child. The tests come back time & time again that no one in their family is a match. There becomes only one option to save Kate - create another baby specifically designed to save her sister. Not only does Kate live but they get another beautiful daughter Anna. Their whole world is rocked though when Anna decides to take her parents to court suing them for the rights to her own body." My Sister's Keeper is a novel told from multiple perspectives, indeed by the clever way the novel is written the reader learns the thoughts and emotions of the whole family: Mum Sara, Dad Brian, Daughters Kate and Anna as well as their brother Jesse, who's voice is the least heard. The other main characters in the tale are also featured and have their own stories and back stories to ensure there is plenty of interest in them too, the lawyer Campbell, is a particularly complex character that I would love to see featured in a novel in his own right. Julia appointed by the court also has her thoughts and viewpoint explored. All told in the first person, the reader really gets a feel for the characters and Picoult has created a bunch of highly believable characters in a highly contentious situation. The ins and outs of the ethics of the situation are covered in a sensitive way that ensures this main theme does not take over the whole of the book. As the novel is about so much more than the illness, the designer baby question or the dilemma that Anna is faced with. The plot twists and turns, keeps you interested throughout and surprises the reader at times. There is an awful lot going on, the way that Jesse reacts to his family situation gives food for thought and discussion. Campbell and Julia's own stories add gravitas, but the book is so beautifully penned that you do not feel bogged down by the detail, it empowers the reader by creating greater understanding and empathy. The almost ending twists to a heart-breaking conclusion and because I don't wish to give too much away, you will have to read the book to find out how it ends. Do please read the book, I cannot believe the characters could possibly be adequately explored in the movie version and this book is a great treasure of heart-breaking, heart-wrenching, thought provoking and heart-warming depth. It is certainly the best Picoult I have read and has encouraged me to seek out more work by the author. Who For: This is probably a female read due to the emotional aspects of the novel, however sensitive males will gain insight from it and it would be particularly beneficial as a wider reading tool for those studying Medical Ethics or Child Care & Development or even Law. Stars: 5/5 Price and Availability: Paperback: From £2.99 new from Amazon and other outlets and from just .99p new on eBay.
As a mother myself I can not even begin to imagine the decisions that some parents have to make and the things that they have to go though. In this book a couple's daughter has leukaemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant, but unfortunately the family members don't match and so the parents decide to have another child in the hope that it will be a match for the daughter. Some people at this point disagree with this and I have heard some people say how disgusting it is that a couple would think of bringing a child into the world just to take it apart and suffer throughout their childhood. Other people have then said how admirable it is. I however, don't really know what to say about it. I know that om the real world some parents have to make a decision like this and I know that as a parent you will do absoulutely anything for your child to be fit, happy & healthy. So personally I really don't know what I would do in a situation like this and i pray to God that I will never find out. Although, my heart goes out to all those that have had to or are dealing with a situation like this and I admire them all for having the strength. After reading this book, it gave me a whole different view. It was fascinating reading and the writer does a brilliantly job of sucking you in. You just don't want to put the book down. It really gets in touch with your emotional side. I never read a book twice but this one I would definitly pick up again. Brilliant.
I have been reading Jodi Picoult books for a number of years now and find them an interesting read, a fairly easy read but one that always has me thinking about the subject matter for quite a while afterwards so I would definitely call them thought-provoking books. According to an article I read, "Jodi Lynn Picoult was born May 19, 1966 and is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide." I have read quite a few of Jodi Picoult's books now and I am a big fan. She is the UK's number one bestselling women's fiction author. I like the fact that she often asks a question on the front of her books and gets you thinking about it before you have even read it. It might be clever marketing on her side but it definitely draws you to her books, get you hooked and then you want to read on and on. I first read this book quite a few years ago now and then when the film came out with Cameron Diaz I re-read it again so I could remember the book again and could compare it to the film which I thought was good, but then again I much prefer the book version of most things and this book is no exception. On the front of My Sisters Keeper Picoult writes, "The only way to save your daughter is to sacrifice her sister. What would you do? As a mum this book really really tugs at the heart strings and I'm not sure what I would do to be honest, its such a horrible thing to go through, the sickness of a child so I think this is why I liked it because I could relate to those feelings of love. This book, like most of her other books involves a court case and so quite a lot of the book devoted to a trial involving the lawyers, those on trial etc and the people around them. Anna Fitzgerald suffers from leukemia, a blood and bone marrow cancer and Kate, her younger sister was actually conceived so she could be a life saver for her older sister. I think she was definitely wanted for her too but its such a blurred line where he parents are concerned, do they love her or do they love the fact that she may be able to save Anna's life. Kate helps her sister over the years but when she gets to 13 she has to donate a kidney and this is where she says enough is enough, she doesn't want to do it any more and she fights her parents in court for medical emancipation, a situation where she does not have to agree to their decisions any more and can make them herself. Kate has help from a lawyer, Campbell Alexander. I am not going to spoil the rest of the story for you if you have not read this book before but there are quite a few twists and turns and lots of tears along the way. I really enjoyed it if enjoyed is the right way to describe this book, its very sad but also uplifting in some places too. I think Picoult has done a great job of developing different characters and how they interact with each other. The back stories in this book are good too and add to the present day story line in my opinion. I think sometimes though if you have read quite a lot of her books you might get a bit bored as they all follow the same format and sometimes you can kind of guess where the story is headed but having said that if the subject matter grabs you then you will still be interested in the book. Her books are a step above Chick Lit as we know it but I think on whole they are quite easy to read, very engaging as I find most of them to be page turners and want to keep on reading and in most cases I would say these books are aimed at women although I can see men reading them too. What I like also is that Picoult tends to do a lot of research into her books and really knows her subject matter as the court case has quite a lot of information as does the leukemia too. My version is a paperback. It cost me £5.99, has 432 pages and an ISBN number of 978-0340960509
Jodi Picoult's books always centre around a certain dilemma, and often involve a court case. If you've read any others and enjoyed them, then you will enjoy this one too. My sister's keeper is about a family who have a baby who will die unless she gets medical treatment in the form of blood, bone marrow etc from an exact match. None of their current family are a match to this baby, so they eventually decide have another child as a saviour sibling i.e. specifically born as a match, and with a view to being able to help the dying baby. The book centres on a court case which comes about when the saviour sibling decides to take her parents to court in order to have the rights to her own body - i.e. even though she is under 16 she can decide whether or not to undergo these medical treatments which are not for her personal benefit. The book is highly emotional, and each chapter is told from the point of view of a different family member. I found myself completely torn, and often strongly agreeing with the current characters perspective, only to completely change my mind in the following chapter. This is a book about, family, and most of all about love. A great read, just keep the tissues close by.
Jodi Picoult is well known for writing about difficult issue's and bringing all sides of the issue to the fore. Wow what a story, I couldn't put it down, it was captivating from the first few pages - I love a book like this, it was so gripping I was staying up late to read! The Fitzgerald family have the perfect family seemingly, Mum, Dad, Kate & Jesse, Kate has Lukemia and is facing the prospect of dying because there is no kidney donor so Mum, Sarah Fitzgerald convinces Dad, Brian Fitzgerald to have another baby by IVF so that the baby can become a donor for Kate. Anna is born and the twists and turns follow one after the other as from the age of five she is used constantly to keep her sister Kate alive, the two sisters spend much of the time in hospital. Mum, Sarah is obssessed with keeping Kate alive and looses sight of the rest of her family who are struggling to keep things together, including her husband and their son Jesse. When Anna turns eleven she decides to turn to a solicitor and convince them to help her to fight to be able to say no to anymore operations. The solicitor listens and a court battle commences - I'm not telling you the outcome that's for you to find out. I had tears in my eyes for much of the story, the author writes beautifully, sensitively and really makes you think about the issues involved. The characters are well portrayed and my eyes just flow easily over the pages without even noticing that I'm reading a book it's as if I'm there with the family. The book has now been made into a film, I have not seen it myself but I think I will now although I'll have the tissue box on hand!! A great book and well worth a read
My Sister's Keeper was written by Jodi Picoult in 2004. It is a book that gets you asking yourself questions. If you don't like a book that may get the tears flowing then this will not be the book for you due to the nature of the story. The main plot for this book is about Anna Fitzgerald, who at the age of 13 is claiming medical emancipation from her parents. Anna was genetically chosen to be a donor for her sister Kate who has leukemia. The plan was to harvest blood from her umbilical cord to treat and save Kate's life. The treatment was successful but Kate has since relapsed many times. Kate's relapses have also taken Anna into hospital so that she can give Kate what is needed to save her. Even though these treatments have sometimes been very painful Anna has never questioned this process, it is all she has ever known and she loves her sister so much. During Kate's latest relapse Anna is told that she will have to donate a kidney. This will mean both girls undergo major surgery. In their mothers eyes there is no question to whether the surgery will go ahead or not. Anna takes herself off to the office of Campbell Alexander and asks him to represent her in a law suit for medical emancipation. Anna's mother, Sara, is served the court papers and she cannot believe what she is reading, Sara believes Anna is acting selfishly. In Sara's mind she cannot see how Anna can refuse this one thing that will save Kate's life. Sara is very one track minded all she wants is for Kate to get better but she doesn't think about how it will impact Anna. To add extra stress on this fragile family, Anna has a strong bond with her father Brian and he and Sara don't always see eye to eye with the best treatment of Kate and the court case does nothing but highlight these opinions that have always gone unsaid. Meanwhile Anna's older brother Jesse is running wild as he has always been the forgotten and ignored child, the Fitzgerald's are too wrapped up in helping Kate to see what is going on right under their noses with Jesse. The court case is tearing the Fitzgerald's apart and the hearts of each family member is breaking a little bit more every day. This book covered areas where I was so torn, every page had me changing my mind as to whether I was on team Anna or team Sara. On the one side Anna donating saves Kate's life but on the other side that same process that saves Kate could take Anna's life as no surgery will ever be risk free. This was a heart wrenching story where tears flow regularly. I liked the way Picoult wrote this book. I really like the way each chapter was written from a different characters point of view, although this probably contributed to my constant change of mind. Through the words on paper I could visualise this family and it was brought to life so well. This is one of my favorite books by Jodi Picoult. Overall I personally found myself on team Anna, give the book a go and see which team you find yourself on. Don't forget to have tissues to hand though as you are likely to need them. If you have seen the film and think you do not need to bother with this book then I believe you will be missing out on a lot that this book has to give, the book is very different and I felt the film did not show the individual bonds between characters well enough to do this book justice. You can find this book online from around £4 which I think is a very reasonable price to pay for a book especially as I enjoyed reading it so much. Also on ciao under the same name.
Having had to cope with the loss of a loved one through cancer I could'nt wait to see the film, which I must say I absolutly loved, and being me I have to read the book to a film if I know there is one that goes with it. The film was great in showing the complexity of family relationships when dealing with a tragedy such as cancer. Having expericenced cancer first hand I know all too well about how cancer turns lives upside down and how peoples true characters show themselves which was great to see in the film and read in the book. I loved how the author put true thought and knowledge into the writing to make it as accurate as possible which only made the story more believeable and great to read. the writing in the book is very well written and its is definatly one book you will not want to put down. But must say I did read the book after the film so I guess my opinion of the film may be a little biased as i did prefer the film, mostly due the ending of the film. Although i thought the book was great I do think that the author killing Anna was a bit of a cop out. For me personally although many will disagree Kate should ahve been the one to die. Kate needed to die in order for her family to be able to get on with their lives as the book says "kate- i dont mind my disease killing me... but its killing my family". surley writing something as true and beautiful as that showed the author that she should have been the one to die. also doesnt Kate want to die?, isnt that the whole point of Anna's court battle, to try and distract her mum and dad long enough for Kate to die in peace? On the whole I would say it is definatly worth reading the book it is one your sure to love, but also watch the film too because in my opinion it would be benefical to see the two opposing endings
I love all of Jodi Picoults books, however My sisters keeper is my favourite one! This book makes you feel the highs and lows and also makes you start to think as to what you might do. The story is sad in parts and made me weep but also so en thrilling that I could not put the book down. The way this story is written has been done really well and all her details are very descriptive. I did not want the book to end. The book is better than the film and also the film has been modified at the end, the end of the story is very different with a slight twist. The book made you feel sorry for the mother as well as the third child that was to be the donor. Beautifully written and highly recommended possibly not a good book for a commute though due to its sad parts!
This was the first book i had read of Jodi Picoult and now she is one of my favourite authors. If you have seen the film take my word on it the book is so much better. The book ending is totally different to that of the film but i feel the book is better as i didnt see it coming. This book is one of those you start reading and just can't put back down. It'll make you cry for the most part but it also has a few bits that make you smile. It has a way of drawing you in and making you really get to know the charactors. Think it is one for the girls cant books see many men reading it, perhaps those with a more sensitive nature. All Jodis ask what would you do? This book really makes you think and the way the book is set out you get to see things from all different sides. A wonderful heart breaking read, read the book instead of watching the film!
This book made me cry. It made me cry a couple of times, actually, but only once was I on the bus. Try being the only commuter crying on the 3A, see what kind of rep that gets you! I'm hoping people will start pegging me as emotionally imbalanced and I'll get 2 seats to myself from now on, but it's unlikely. I think just about everyone in the world knows the storyline to this book, but just in case... 13 year old Anna has known for years that she wasn't conceived like other children. She was grown in a petri dish, so that she would be a perfect genetic match for her older sister and leukaemia sufferer Kate. After over a decade of donating various bodily fluids and bone marrow to Kate, an even bigger sacrifice is needed. Kate desperately needs a kidney. But Anna decides enough is enough, and begins a legal battle to sure her parents for the right to her own body. This book does raise a real moral dilemma. To what extent should you sacrifice one of your children to save the other? We get to see the whole family's point of view, and there are some extremely interesting insights into this question. If you've seen the film, you'll have some idea what goes on but I'd urge you to read the book anyway as there is an extremely different ending. Readers seem to be split when it comes to Jodi Picoult. Her sales are absolutely through the roof, and there are many people who have devoured every single one of her novels and clamour for more. However the literary world can often be extremely snobbish, and suspicious of extreme commercial success; there is also something of a backlash from those that find her too light and frothy, and consider her writing style to be too simplistic. Personally I read a really wide range of books, from the classics to allegedly 'high brow' literary fiction to crime to chick lit, and I think there's something to be gained from any well written book, regardless of genre. This strength of this particular book is its central dilemma, and the emotional pull. You're constantly putting yourself in the shoes of one or other of the characters, and trying to imagine what you would do. As you progress through the book, the narrative moves among many of the different characters, so you get to see all of their points of view. This is really interesting as it helps you understand why some of the characters have made the choices that they have. However, various twists throughout the novel show that the characters have been holding things back, which doesn't fit with the idea of their chapters being an internal monologue, so things do jar a bit there. Also, you do find that the younger characters especially come across as a bit precocious. The prose is all very poignant and emotional, which is very moving, but it doesn't sounds particularly realistic that every member of the family and the legal figures who also get their say all think and speak like poets all of the time. Even if you've seen the film, there's no way you'll be able to predict the ending of the book. There are significant differences throughout the film but the ending is definitely the biggest one! The first time I read it, I was reeling from the shock of it all, but now that I look back on it I think the author actually took the easy way out. This was the only way things could be tied up neatly without something or someone being seriously compromised, and any other ending would have meant things couldn't be left as 'peaceful' as they were. It's difficult to explain without giving spoilers, but I hope anyone who had read this will let me know if they agree! I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a tear jerker, although as a caveat it obviously deals with issues that some may find upsetting. It's very open in its treatment of Kate's leukaemia, and those who have had first hand experience of such things could find this difficult to read. This might not be the best written book in the world, and maybe some of the characters inner thoughts are a bit trite and a bit forced, and perhaps the ending is just a bit toooooo convenient. But if you can put all that to one side, then this is a book that will really make you feel something. Although this is a fictional family, your heart really goes out to them, as well as to the hundreds of families in the UK and thousands, or maybe millions of families in the rest of the UK that go through similar experiences every day. The main thrust of the story is to do with Anna and the lawsuit, but it was the budding romance between Kate and fellow cancer patient Taylor that got the tears flowing for me. Just... have some tissues to hand! You can buy this online for around £5-£8.
After watching the film I had to buy the book. From reading the first page i was hooked. From then on i couldn't stop reading. Many people have seen the film and if you have or haven't you must read the book it's a lot different to the film and in my opinion so much better. I think it was the strength of the family (Fitzgerald's) and how they can survive so much still intact that made me love the book so much. It's a truly wonderful story that really touches the deepest emotions in your heart and makes you cry like you never thought you could cry before. The book is about Kate who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two years old. Anna was born to be a donor baby for Kate.Now,aged thirteen, Anna is asked to donate a kidney to Kate. But Anna has decided that she does not want to help her sister live anymore. She decides to sure her parents for the rights to her own body. It's a compelling story that really makes you think what it means to be a good sister, a good parent and a good person. It's really a fantastic read!N A great read especially for holiday's, beaches or just anywhere in general. Overall it was a great book and I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
This is the first Jodi Picoult book that I have read, having had her name suggested to me several times by friends that know the sorts of books I like to read. I had heard about this book and it's basic storyline and thought that it sounded like an intriguing read, so set about getting started. Once I had picked up the book it was hard to put it down. Definitely one of those books where you want to keep turning the pages! === Plot Summary === Imagine a world where you have two beautiful children, then one day you discover that your gorgeous little daughter has leukaemia. How would you react? What would be your next steps? How far would you go to save her? Brian and Sara are in that world. What they do next is have a third child. A child (Anna) genetically matched to their existing daughter (Kate). As soon as Anna is born she unknowingly makes a blood donation to Kate. This is the first of many various donations that Anna will make throughout her life. Kate is fighting to survive. Anna is subjected to many operations throughout her life. Older brother Jesse is left on the sidelines to become a bit of a tearaway and go off the rails. When Anna, at thirteen, decides enough is enough she decides to take her parents to court to fight for the right to her own body. As the case makes it to court there are many family issues that come to light. Some are relevant to 'normal' (whatever that really means) life, whereas others are more linked to the medical issues. === THE Ending of all Endings === How does the court case end? Well, I'm not going to tell you - you'll have to read the book! The ending of the book is not one I'm going to forget in a hurry. It did really make an impact on me. I couldn't help but cry at the end. Actually, recently I had the opportunity to go see Jodi and go to a talk (question answer style) that she did about My Sisters Keeper. When discussing the ending of this book she said that she allowed her son to read the story and when it came to the ending she apparently found him crying on the sofa, at which point he stormed off upstairs and was really angry with her! She also mentioned that she put a clue to the ending right at the beginning of the book. After being told that I promptly went home and re-read the opening of the book. I do see this clue, but it's definitely not something I would have picked up on without her prompting! For those that have read the book - re-read the prologue and have a think. === My Opinions === I think the book is very well written. It is written in such a way so that all the characters get to voice their own point of view, sometimes repeating their interpretations of the same event. An interesting style of writing, one that I don't normally tend to get along with, but Jodi Picoult writes in this way fantastically. I found myself sympathising with Anna, and felt her emotions in relation to her mothers biased love towards Kate. But then you read Saras narrative and can't help but feel the emotions that she has for both of her daughters and how she felt being in the situation that she was in. Jodi has captured every single character brilliantly in this style of writing, and puts a lot of emotion into the storyline. Every character in this book has a vital role to play in making this story what it is. Each character really has a voice. This character development really helps make this book what it is. As well as brilliant characters the book really does have a brilliant storyline. There are a few things that make this the case. A key point to mention is the amount of research Jodi does for her books. She does a lot of research for all her books - for this one her research was obviously mostly based in the medical and law sectors. The fact that she uses this research to create such a 'real' scenario really does help make you think about what you would do in that situation. I was reading this on the bus on my daily commute. This is fine for most of the book, but there are parts where emotion is written so fantastically that it was impossible to read on the bus if I didn't want my mascara to run before I got to work. Although, reading this book on the bus was also a great conversation starter. Met a girl who asked me about the book as she wanted to read it herself, and I definitely recommended it to her. Overall, a fantastic read. Definitely has it's tear jerker moments, and Jodi tackles such a difficult ethical issue brilliantly and in such a way that makes the reader question what they would do in the same situation.
This book by Jodi Picoult is rather different to what I usually read, which tends to be S-F, fantasy and detective/crime thrillers. I read the blurb on the back and I thought it was an interesting idea, and the ethical issues it brings up sold me on reading it. I borrowed it from the library. Picoult is a popular American author, who has published about a book a year since 1992. "My Sister's Keeper" was first published in 2004. The book is about a family whose eldest daughter, Kate, suffers from a very aggressive form of leukaemia, and they choose to have another child, genetically compatible with her, in order to help her fight against the cancer. A designer baby if you like. At first Anna their donor daughter's birth provides cord blood to help put Kate into remission. As she grows older, however, blood and bone marrow are needed when Kate relapses. Unlike the cord blood donation, these are invasive, painful procedures and pose some risk to Anna. But Kate's life is at stake... At 13, Anna's kidney is needed and it is at this point, that Anna gets herself a lawyer and asks to be medically emancipated from her parents. This is where we come in. The story is told from various viewpoints, in first person, and jumps around in time periods for the backstory. I thought it was well-written, as all the characters of the family were sympathetically portrayed and you could understand and empathise with them. The pulls between wishing to save a sibling & wishing to be free of obligation, the difficulties of living in a family which has started to implode from the perpetual stresses, fears and demands of the sickness of one member were all well-drawn. I felt that the plotline with the lawyer, Campbell, and the guardian ad litem, Julia, was totally superfluous. The love story/mystery ailment just seemed unnecessary and I found myself flipping through those bits. The book was all about choices over your own body, parent/child relationships, and how to balance the needs of one child against those of another. It threw up some interesting questions. Ultimately I think the novel failed to deliver: I suspected the twists (I noticed the missing narrative voice) and felt the ending was a cop-out. (Lots of people would disagree!) I do think it was a good premise and very readable. It is available to buy online from Amazon new at £4.60, although you will be able to find it cheaper, especially if you don't mind second-hand. It has also been turned into a Hollywood movie, which I can't comment on as I haven't seen it :). Product details (as available from Amazon): # Paperback: 432 pages # Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (20 Mar 2008) # Language English # ISBN-10: 0340960507 # ISBN-13: 978-0340960509 # Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3 cm (This review appears elsewhere under this user-name, but I revamped it slightly for DooYoo).
As I mentioned earlier today in review for a DVD with the same name, a friend borrowed me this book as it was supposed to be fantastic. To be honest, the plot was not very appealing to me, as normally I don't like depressing books that make me sad, I like to enjoy reading, and reading about very sick girl didn't seem like something I would enjoy. But at the end I loved every word of it and couldn't stop reading. The main story is about a girl Kate, who has leukemia, and her sister Anna, who their parents had to have a donor for Kate. Anna seeks help of a lawyer and sues her parents over the rights to her own body, as she no longer wants to be a donor for her sister. Both sisters still stay good friends, family lives normally together. There are smaller (important though) stories - around girls' father, the fireman's work, or the lawyer who has a service dog but refuses to talk about why he has it. Couple romances involved, too, the book is very easy to read and even you probably will shed a tear now and then, it is not depressive as you would expect. All these stories are written in very natural line, you don't find yourself lost in the book. The end is sad, but very surprising, you won't believe what you're reading! There are many moments unexpected and surprising, sometimes you would say "inappropriate" for a story about a sick girl - there are many cheerful parts and you will smile a lot while reading. That's it, I won't reveal anything else - it's really worth giving it a try, you'll be done with it in no time. One of my favourite books of all times - I got my own copy after reading it, that should say it all :) ***for those who prefer watching a movie to save themselves reading: DON'T. YOU'LL BE SORRY (the movie has very little in common with book, they've changed the idea completely)***