My Sister's Keeper

Reviewed by Kristyn, age 20, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern

Imagine living your whole life taking care of your sister while she battles with leukemia. Imagine knowing your parents genetically engineered you to serve as a donor for your sister. Some may think this is very good, and thoughtful, while others will undoubtedly see this as a bad thing.

My Sister's Keeper is the story of your average American family dealing with the struggles of raising a child with cancer. Parents Sarah and Brian, played by Cameron Diaz and Brian Fitzgerald, base their entire lives around taking care of their daughter Kate, played by Sofia Vassilieva, who was diagnosed with cancer at just 7 years old. Doctors suggested that to help battle Kate's cancer the parents try an unorthodox medical procedure - developing a test tube child who would be a perfect match as a donor for Kate. However, Anna (played by Abigail Breslin) can only donate so many organs and undergo so much pain before she can't save her sister's life anymore.

Bring tissues! This is one of the best tear jerkers to be put in theaters this year. Abigail Breslin shows off her great acting ability once again. I really liked how there's a twist to this movie, and it is a bit different from the novel. I also loved when Kate dresses up for her very first special dance, and looks amazing. Cameron Diaz also did a spectacular job playing the part of a crazy obsessive mother whose main concern is trying to get her daughter the best health care she can.

There was not much I disliked in this movie. However it is a very sad story, and hard to watch in the movie theater. My Sister's Keeper really brings awareness to cancer. We all know cancer (and some controversial approaches to its treatment) is a huge developing issue worldwide today, but this film really makes you want to go and learn how we can solve this problem. It grabs your attention. The ending of this movie is incredible and uplifting.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. The actors, set, and story were great entertainment to watch.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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