Before Anna was born, she was conceived to be genetically compatible to her sister Kate. When Kate was 3 years old, she was diagnosed with Leukemia and her parents, desperate to save her, decided to have another child who could provide a blood transfusion. However, the harvesting did not stop there. Anna gave blood, bone marrow, and underwent many painful procedures. When told Kate needed a kidney, Anna decided to hire an attorney to give her control over her own body.
The story is told from everyone's viewpoint: Anna, Kate, brother, mom, dad, lawyer, even the court-appointed guardian has a say. This is interesting because the reader finds themselves sympathizing with each character, but at times it became complicated. Several times I had to turn back a page to see who's POV I was reading. It is a heart wrenching decision that is much more complicated than it seems on the surface. The ending took my breath away. I thought I knew exactly what would happen, but WOW! Not like that.
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