February 21st, 2007

Jack Skellington - What's This?

Which Hero Am I?

Hee! I'm not sure I really agree with this result, but it's kinda sweet. I like Hiro, anyway!

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Hiro Nakamura

You scored 62 Idealism, 58 Nonconformity, 41 Nerdiness


Congratulations, you're Hiro Nakamura! You're a high-minded idealist, a huge nerd, and you enjoy being a unique and special person. Your combination of positive personality traits makes you impossibly lovable, and your energy and enthusiasm are absolutely infectious. Your dedication to any mission you take on, in addition to your cheerful sense of humor, are qualities anyone should be proud to have.

Your best quality: Spunk
Your worst quality: You are too cute. Some people may not be able to handle it.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 56% on Idealism
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You scored higher than 78% on Nonconformity
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You scored higher than 54% on Nerdiness

Link: The Heroes Personality Test written by freedomdegrees on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Book #60: My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

I finished this book last night, and had to just sit for a while afterwards, to give myself time to recover, or to take it all in, or whatever. A really powerful book, and one I'd recommend because it is beautifully written and made me think . . . but it was also heartbreaking and difficult.

It's the story of two sisters: Kate, who was diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of leukemia at the age of two; and Anna, who was conceived, genetically engineered, and born specifically to be a matched donor for her older sister. All her life, Anna has made medical donations to her sister - cord blood, lymphocytes, etc. etc., etc. Now, Kate is 16 (no one ever believed she'd live this long); Anna is 13. And this time Kate's kidneys are failing, and their parents - as always - assume that Anna will donate the needed kidney, without even being asked (she'd never been asked in the past; her parents have always made those decisions for her). But this time, Anna decides that she must speak up for herself, and she files a lawsuit against her parents, demanding that she be medically emancipated from them, so that, for the first time ever, she will be in control of her own body, and what is taken from it.

The story is told through the eyes of various family members and people involved with the lawsuit, and piece by piece, we see the parents struggle with their daughter's illness, and the high price that the other children have had to pay, too. It brings up a variety of ethical questions, and I knew from the first page that it would be a difficult read - a child with an serious illness is a parent's worst nightmare, and something I'd usually just choose to avoid reading. But for some reason, I decided to stick with this one, and before long I was completely caught up in it. This was a page-turner, which kept me feeling emotionally connected to the characters in so many ways. It's intense, heartbreaking, beautiful, compassionate, and a satisfying read - and one that packs a major punch in the last few pages.

I'm going to put the rest of this behind a cut, since I'd like to talk about specifics, but to do so will involve MAJOR SPOILERS. Like SERIOUSLY MAJOR SPOILERS. So, if you have not read this book, but intend to, for heaven's sake DON'T CLICK THIS LINK!

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I still want to cry if I think too much about this book, but in spite of how much it hurt, I am very glad to have read it. It was an amazing work of fiction, well-crafted and powerful, with vibrant, amazing and very, very real characters. I would recommend this, although be warned that it's not an easy or comfortable ride. 5 stars
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