Spoiler Free Review
So, this is a book that wasn’t on my July TBR and I had picked it up as I wanted to try reading and listening to the audiobook at the same time. And it sure was a great experience. This book had been on my shelf for so long I don’t even remember how I got this book in the first place. Haha!
If I were to review this book in one line, I would Say: This is a book dealing with serious concepts on an emotional roller-coaster with misaligned tracks
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.
I had high hopes for this book and yes, it did exceed my expectations by weaving me through a myriad of emotions coming in from all the directions. The synopsis itself was intriguing. The book did talk about medical emancipation, free will and choice which each individual is entitled to.
The language was good for everyone to understand and is not quite tough to read altogether. But, there were times when teenagers spoke like adults (it was rather unsettling and weird) that put me off. Before reading this book I was going through other reviews and many people had an issue with the sheer amount of different points of view in the book, but honestly, I felt that these POVs were actually important to relate to the characters and empathise with them that when I look back helped me have a deeper emotional connect! I really liked seeing why each character did what they did, what secrets they held which others were oblivious to. Honestly, it really seems weird calling them characters any more after being with them through all that they’ve gone through! I could as well have been the Fitzgeralds’ silent but nosy neighbour!
This book relied massively on the thoughts of the characters and dialogues and not much on descriptions. But whatever was there, was sure written with a purpose. There were a lot of flashbacks that were at really weird places which ruined the flow of the story though.
The plot did have a lot of cliches which I really don’t fancy much and the subplots seemed unnecessary and kept going off track right when they shouldn’t or needn’t. Those subplots seemed forced. The buildup of events to the ending was something I did not expect and it sure was something that could’ve been much better. The ending by itself was good and could be in line with the story, but the way it was achieved was a huge cliche and disappointingly forced!
What I really liked about the book: The concept of the story is one of the things I absolutely loved, the underlying emotions and thoughts that people have was beautifully done. I also really appreciate the character developments of a few of them from the beginning to the end through the plethora of flashbacks!
What I didn’t like about the book: This book seemed really promising but there was always something off! The cliches, the unnecessary subplots and random flashbacks all the time made reading it weary.
I would recommend this to folks who are ready to shed some tears and are in a mood to read a really sad book!
If you aren’t a fan of cliches, perhaps it isn’t the best book for you though.
This book connected deeply with me emotionally and that is why despite the many things I didn’t like about the book I am ready to give it a good rating!
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