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My Sister’s Keeper Left Me Weepy

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If you haven’t read My Sister’s Keeper and seen the movie [affiliate links] and you want to read the book and/or see the movie without the ending being ruined then you should probably go read something else.

My Boeuf Bourguingnon post wasn’t half bad and if you’re interested in fiction, might I recommend The Mirror and Time and The Note – A Short Story?

So, yeah, onto the telling of ending and stuff.

When my friend Alana lent me My Sister’s Keeper, I purposefully put the book toward the bottom of the stack of books she lent me since I had seen some of the movie previews and thought I knew what the book was going to be like.

And, like almost is always the case, I was wrong.

I wrote this last night as I was finishing up the movie:

I’m this child woman watching this movie and I’m young enough to remember that first love but far enough away to understand a mother’s love and a mother’s desperation to keep her babies safe.

Maybe if I hadn’t read the book first I wouldn’t have cried every five minute, maybe if I hadn’t read the book I wouldn’t have had such a strong reaction. But, I did read that book and I watched the movie and I cried.

I cried so much.

I cried at 11:52pm while Tucker was alseep next to me and I know he heard some of my sobbing and I know he ignored me but I cried and I sobbed and I felt the mother’s emotions and I felt the daughter’s emotions and basically I made a wet mess of myself.

I was warned off of this book.

People on Twitter told me that they had loved the book until the end…when they through it against the wall.

And then the movie made me so angry because it didn’t end the way the book had – as horrible and gut wrenching as that had been.

As much as I cried at the end of the book, the movie left me feeling empty in a way that the book never did.

If I hadn’t read the book, maybe I wouldn’t have been so let down, but I did read the book and like “they” always say, the book is always better than the movie.

Spoiler alert: Anna is the one who dies at the end of the book – not Kate. Poetic justice of the worst kind.

But, it fit the book and it fit the story and the feel of the movie is wrong at the end.

Anna does end up saving her sister. Kate lives on and she misses Anna and life goes on.

The movie left me feeling like some answer was left unanswered.

But, hey! At least the movie had a great soundtrack.

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  1. I had serious attachment issues with Cade for weeks after that book. I freaked out over every bruise, and I had him near me every second.

    That book reminds me of the movie Schindler’s List;I know not to go anywhere near it unless I want to deal with death, the human condition, sickness, and other things that scare me because I know I have no control over them…

    • It made me very, very thankful to have two healthy kids…but it also made me think about what it would be like to have a sick kid. Scary shit.

  2. Lol, I totally hear you. While I had that same “throw the book against the wall” reaction with the book, I was so livid at the ending of the movie. I had already heard that it was going to be changed, but it still sucked.

    I didn’t like the movie. They took away a lot. They could’ve gone into more detail about the lawyer and his condition, etc.

    Oh and now that I’ve read a few Jodi Picoult books, the endings are very predictable. And I want to throw them against a wall every time. I nearly threw the most recent one on an airplane. Bad idea.
    .-= Ari´s last blog ..24 Days of Christmas catchup.. =-.

    • The thing the movie did right was the relationship between Kate and Taylor. They totally captured what it’s like to be in love for the first time. Ugly crying around that part, let me tell ya.

      I hated that they cut Campbell and Julia’s relationship. Hated that they made Jesse into an art kid instead of a cop and that they didn’t mention the arson since that was a powerful ass scene [between Jesse and Brian] in the book.

      Apparently Picoult isn’t happy with the ending of the movie either. This is from her website:

      “Yes, I know the ending is different. Yes, I know some of you are very upset. I didn’t change it. The author has no control over the movie, and it was hard for me to accept too. However, there’s a great deal in the movie that I think is great, and I enjoyed watching it – and I hope you did too. Please don’t email me asking me why I changed the ending, or “let” Hollywood do that – it wasn’t something I had any control over”

      You can even bitch at the movie studio here:

      http://www.mysisterskeepermovie.com/#booktoscreen

  3. I haven’t seen the movie and it’s because I heard about how they changed the ending, plus it got horrible reviews and I’m so frequently disappointed by screen adaptations that I tend to avoid them like the plague. The book is one of my favorites, just gut-wrenching in so many different ways. I’ve read all of Picoult’s books and this one was one of my favorites. The ending didn’t make me throw the book against a wall, but it did devastate me in a way that no book ever had before. I was not expecting Anna to die and I mourned her.

    May I recommend The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult as well? Excellent read with some awesome graphic art mixed in as well.
    .-= Earth Muffin´s last blog ..WTF Wednesday on a Sunday… =-.

    • I’ll add that one to my list. I have about five that I’m going to listen to.

      I like her writing style but reading her books is a bit like emotional masturbation and I can only take them in small bites – I’d have a breakdown if I did nothing but read her.

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