First of all, don’t see the movie. Seriously. It was awful and it will ruin the book for you. Even if you read the book first and then the see the movie, you will be extremely disappointed. The plot was dumb, they left out important parts, it was completely miscast, uch. Okay, now that that’s out of the way… Spoiler alert! Seriously, I’m about to ruin this book for you if you haven’t read it.
Overall I really liked this book. It was a quick read and it was a really great story. Thankfully, it is fiction because while it is a good story, it is a tragic one. This story is about a family who has a very sick daughter and can only survive with a series of transplants. Their daughter is so sick that they decide to genetically have another baby who will be a perfect match for transplants. As the younger child grows up, she decides she doesn’t want to keep giving her organs to her sister and sues her parents for the rights to her own body. Now the family not only has a very sick daughter, but another daughter suing them. Oh, and a neglected son turned arsonist.
There are a lot of different thoughts going on in this book. There are five family members plus the people involved in the case. Written as a narrative this would be confusing but thankfully the author is constantly changing perspectives. We can view the story from every side. From the eyes of the mother, lawyer, brother, sister, guardian, etc. I loved seeing and hearing how everyone felt through the whole ordeal. It was original.
The book had a pretty ironic ending. After all they went through with their oldest daughter being sick and dying, the younger sister ends up tragically dying in a car crash. I have to admit, you don’t see it coming. After all the stress and heartache this family has been through you finally feel like things will be right. The older daughter accepts her fate and the younger is free. Of course after the car accident her organs are free to be used and it was sad but at least one sister survives.
The one part of the book that really killed me was prom. This poor girl is so sick and has never lived a normal day in her life. And then she meets a guy who also has cancer. She gets a boyfriend. Falls in love. Has her first kiss and all that jazz. It makes you happy because you’re not really sure if she’ll ever have this chance. And then they go to prom and it is magical. Afterwards he stops calling and she can’t understand why. Eventually they find out he has died. I don’t know what’s worse… being dumped by her first love or not being able to say goodbye after finding out he has passed away. I may or may not have started crying at this point.
So I can’t say that this is a feel good book. It is emotional and controversial and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this if you haven’t read it already!
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