Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now.
Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
Minus all the sub plotlines that dragged the story on, it was a good read. A gripping and different story. Some of the sentences and life theories author presents are enlightening.
Characters are shades of grey and not simply black and white. You end up taking sides but don’t outright hate any character. Except probably the mother. Her favouritism is obvious and no matter how many times she says she loves her daughters equally, you can tell in the heart of heart she simply doesn’t.
Jesse (Anna's brother) who is a lost cause doesn’t play any major role expect be a constant reminder of how ignorant the parents are to their kids other than Kate.
The story jumps from different points of views. We see a total of 7 to 8 perspectives each with their complete back stories which gets overwhelming and annoying in the beginning. Eventually you get used to it. There are also a lot of characters I hoped the writer would do without. Like Seven or Izzy.
But most of all, I didn’t expect the story to end the way it did. I am not sure if I like the ending. Or if I'm still fully convinced. But for now, I’ll just sit in a corner and grieve over that epic loss that I found a tad bit disturbing.
Ratings: 4 stars
All in all, I still do highly HIGHLY recommend it.