My Sister’s Keeper encourages students to read more

June 4, 2008 — by Annie Lee

It’s three in the morning and a teenage girl is quietly reading a book on her bed. This teenage girl is me, Annie Lee. Seriously. I usually don’t have a knack for reading. Okay I’ll be honest. I don’t like to read at all, but this book really had me “edge of the seat” excited: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Usually when I read a book, I read the first 50 pages and just leave it there on my desk for the next couple of months till I finally decide to give up and put it back on my bookshelf until I’m up for the challenge again. This time, I read the first 50 pages like usual and left it on my desk for a couple weeks. Then, one day I decided to continue reading, and once I got past the first 100 pages, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading till I finished. It was as if I was a little dog chasing after the bone tied to my back. No matter how much I read, I wouldn’t be satisfied till I was done.

My Sister’s Keeper is about Anna, who decides to sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned to save her sister, Kate, who has leukemia. The story starts out in a very predictable way, and as you read on, you think you know what’s going to happen, but you totally wrong.

When I read the ending of the book, I put the book down and just sat there for a couple minutes to fully comprehend what had just happened. Picoult does an amazing job grabbing the readers with her imagination. She also writes with easy, everyday language, so it doesn’t feel as you are reading a textbook or Shakespeare. Picoult makes you feel as if you are involved in the story instead of being just an outside reader.

Because of Picoult’s amazing writing skills, My Sister’s Keeper has changed my perspective of reading. Maybe I’ll start reading more books outside of school. You know, just for fun. I said maybe. But if I were required to do a book report, I would pick this book in a heartbeat.

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