When 13-year-old Anna has been pushed too far by the medical demands of her sister, Kate, by her parents she decides to take things into her own hands. She reaches out to a lawyer to seek medical emancipation from her parents, who she believes aren’t considering her in their decisions in regards to Kate and her fight against cancer.
Kate was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two, and since then her mother, Sara, has done everything medically possible to keep her daughter alive. That includes conceiving Anna after it became aware that Kate’s brother, Jesse, wasn’t a match and couldn’t donate bone marrow and other things that Kate needed to fight the cancer coursing through her body.
Finally, because of all of the treatments that Kate had been given, her body began to shut down. her body giving up started in her kidneys, and Kate could die from kidney failure. After looking up information on it, Sara suggested that Anna donate a kidney to Kate to keep her alive. This is when Anna reached out to a lawyer.
Throughout the trail, Kate’s health declines greatly, Anna has internal and external battles with herself and her family, Sara goes back to court to defend herself and Anna and Kate’s father, Brian, and we get to the bottom of the issue of how a genetic match test tube baby reacts when they stop wanting to help the person they were created to help.
My god, this book is full of feels that are powerful. I was ready to burst into tears so much, and that doesn’t even compare to the final chapters and the epilogue. It’s a powerful story, one that I could read over and over again and never get bored of.
The book also had an interesting way that Jodi Picoult wrote it, as each character had their own chapter and their narration of the events would jump from the current day during the trial, to a flash back, and to their own inner monologue. I’ve never read a book like this before, and this one proved to be interesting. Even though, there were times that I just wanted to skip certain passages to figure out what was happening in the present.