Let’s be honest about this: I’ve never read a lot of girly novels. Why should I buy a book when I know beforehand that it’s going to be heartwrenching? And probably not that well written? And cheesy?
Well, browsing through the boxes of books of poor quality at the university’s bookstore I found this. How much can you loose if the book really sucks, if you only spend 2,95 EUR? I took a chance.
I didn’t expect a great book, by then I’d already seen the trailer of the oncoming movie and I wasn’t impressed. The storyline sounded right out of the boulevard press: A thirteen year old girl sues her parents for the right to decide what happens to her body. She doesn’t want to endure treatments any more for her older sisters who has leukemia.
The things I really liked about the book were the different perspectives it’s written in, my special sympathies went out to the three male leads: the father, the brother and the lawyer.
The problem is: though the book touches strong topics as designer babies, critical diseases and relationship-problems between people, it didn’t carry them out all the way. There aren’t enough answers. Some might say “just as in real life”, but I think that’s too simple. If I go into reading a novel thinking: “Is it right to have another baby only for the sole reason to use her as a spare parts storage for her sick sister?” I really expect to get an answer to it by the end of the novel. I didn’t.
I think what I didn’t like above the other things is the end, so if you don’t wanna know, stop reading further.
Why has the younger sister to die in the end? Why do we learn all the way through the novel that there’s just no way that the older sister survives? And then the healthy child dies in a car crash and the deadly-sick one, who wasn’t supposed to live through her childhood, is suddenly able to live to, at least, 24? I simply don’t get it. I guess the only reason is: It makes for a more interesting ending, so that the reader doesn’t think:
“Why have I been reading the whole book when I knew all along how it’s going to end?”