My Sisters Keeper

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My Sisters Keeper

View Full Essay My Sister's Keeper is about 13- year-old Anna Fitzgerald, who enlists the help of an attorney, Campbell Alexander, to sue her parents for rights to her own body. Anna was conceived as a donor for her sister Kate, who is 16 and has leukemia. Anna donated genetic material throughout her life, and the latest donation is for her to give a kidney to Kate. If she wins the lawsuit, she would not have to donate.
Her parents, Brian and Sara Fitzgerald, have different reactions to the suit. Brian has mixed feelings while Sara feels that Anna should donate the kidney. Sara is a lawyer turned housewife and decides to represent the parents' side in the suit. Sara attempts to get Anna to drop the suit, but Anna refuses and moves out of the house to the fire station where her father works. Jesse is Brian and Sara's son and the oldest child.
After Kate's cancer diagnosis, Jesse grows up to be a troublemaker involved in alcohol, drugs, theft, and arson. There has been an arsonist setting fires in the area that Brian and his fellow firefighters have been putting out. The arsonist is revealed to be Jesse, and Brian finds out the truth after finding clues. Brian confronts Jesse and learns how badly Kate's illness has hurt him. Brian vows to keep Jesse's arson a secret. Jesse eventually straightens himself out and becomes a police officer.
The judge at the hearing, Judge DeSalvo, is a parent who lost his child in a drunk-driving accident. The guardian ad litem assigned to Anna as her representative is Julia Romano, an old girlfriend of Campbell's.
Julia and Campbell met in a private high school. She was a scholarship student from a poor background while he was a rich kid. They fell in love and enjoyed a relationship until Campbell broke up with her at graduation. Julia never knew the reason but felt it was because of her social class. They meet again because of Anna's case. Although they try to conduct court business, their attraction to each other is obvious.
Campbell has a guide...