My Sister's Keeper

By: Jodi Picoult

1. Jesse

In the story, Jesse is a trouble maker and a pyromaniac. They fail to mention that in the movie and I think it makes the book lose some character. The book gave insight to more than just Kate and Anna and showed how Jesse was the "forgotten child" and how he also just wanted a bit of attention. In the film, they seemed to leave him that way and not mention that kind of behavior. The film made him seem apart of the family while the book made him seem like an outcast.
My Sisters Keeper (2009) Official Trailer [True HD] [720p]

2. Julia

Julia is a character that is not mentioned in the film. In the book, Julia is Anna's court appointed guardian after she sues her parents. Her importance also lies in her past relationship with Anna's lawyer, Campbell Alexander. Their story was also made to be an interesting side story which the film never got to show.

3. Father/Daughter Relationship

In the book there was a close relationship shown between Anna and her father that wasn't shown as well in the film. In the novel, Anna sometimes stayed at the fire station with her father and mainly had a strained relationship with her mother. I think by taking that father/daughter relationship, the film took away how Anna was mainly fighting her mother not her father. It also shows how different of a relationship Anna has with each parent.

4. Campbell

They didn't emphasize the strong bond between Anna and Campbell in the film. They also underdeveloped Campbell's character in general because there was no proper background to his illness. Because of this, I felt that their relationship was also underdeveloped. In the book, Anna really looked up to Campbell and they were very close. In the film, this relationship isn't shown the same way because of the underdevelopment.

5. The Ending

The biggest difference was how they changed the ending. I personally despised this ending because it changed the whole point of the book and what it was trying to convey to it's readers. In the book, Anna died in a car crash and her kidney went to her sister so that she could live. In the film, they let Kate die because they realized it was what she wanted. This change destroyed what I think Jodi Picoult had in mind for this book. That you shouldn't ignore what's in front of you because it may be taken away in a split second. That was shown by Anna dying instead of Kate. The parents in the novel focused so much on Kate's possible death, they never realized another child of theirs could die too at any time. By letting Kate die in the movie, the viewers don't get to see that point. It was also a nice ironic twist at the end rather than a cliche "I know what's going to happen" ending. By changing this one part of the book, the whole movie had a different feel compared to the book. It also didn't seem to go as deep into the story as the actual novel did.