Today I'm going to recommend another of my favorite books. This one is quite different from the books/series I've talked about so far. It's not light or fun, but it is very, very good. It has one of those great "A-ha!" endings that take everything you thought you knew about what was going on and flipped it around into a whole new light. Kind of, but not quite, like the Sixth Sense ending. But in this book there aren't dead people and the main character isn't a ghost. (So sorry if I spoiled the movie for you, but if you haven't seen Sixth Sense by this point, then please go rent it.)
If you're in the mood for an excellent read that involves your heart, mind, and addresses real issues with fantastic characterization, go pick up My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. It is one of my all-time favorites.
Short synopsis (from the author's website):
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 questioned… 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. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?
My Sister's Keeper has won many awards and great reviews. Jodi Piccoult is a great writer with the talent of getting you inside characters so that you live their life dilemmas and challenges with them. I have read other books of hers, but this one is still by far my favorite. Her most recent book, Change of Heart, is in stores now. (I haven't read it yet.) You can find out more about Jodi Picoult and her books on her website.