Handle with Care

When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain In this provocative story from the 1 New York Times bestselling author, Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance Stephen King.Every expectant parent will tell you that they don t want a perfect baby, just a heaWhen Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain In this provocative story from the 1 New York Times bestselling author, Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance Stephen King.Every expectant parent will tell you that they don t want a perfect baby, just a healthy one Charlotte and Sean O Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they d been given the choice Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of luckier parents, and maybe worst of all, the what ifs What if their child had been born healthy But it s all worth it because Willow is, funny as it seems, perfect She s smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five year old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what ifs of all What if Charlotte had known earlier of Willow s illness What if things could have been different What if their beloved Willow had never been born To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one What constitutes a valuable life Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.
Handle with Care When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta her parents are devastated she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows a lifetime of pain In this provocative story from the New Y

  • Title: Handle with Care
  • Author: Jodi Picoult
  • ISBN: 9780743296427
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Handle with Care”

    1. Picoult's books are incredibly formulaic, and their strength really lies in whether or not you care about the topic they address. I expected to be more intrigued by this one - OI ("brittle bone disease") and a wrongful birth suit. Either I just wasn't in the mood, or it read too much like My Sister's Keeper, or I spent the whole time anticipating the expected resolution I actually found the teenage daughter, Amelia, more interesting. Probably because she was the character I could most relate to, [...]

    2. This book was a mixed bag.I will agree with readers that say it reminded them very much of My Sister's Keeper. I thought that Picoult did a nice job of developing Amelia's character and perspective. While I did find this book quite gripping, I find that Picoult needs to be wary of being too formulaic. Her twists and turns are becoming predictable; thus, when one happens it doesn't affect the reader in an emotional way. The twists almost become detrimental to the book- much like a soap opera that [...]

    3. This book was by far the worst i've ever read in my life, I got a third of the way through then gave up and read the ending, which was completely ridiculous and made the book quite pointless.I have to start by saying I'm disabled and have used a wheelchair for 8 years now and quite a few of my friends are also disabled so I have a good knowledge of how people with disabilities and our families live and cope with everyday situations. Now I can't speak for everyone, but the characters in this book [...]

    4. I haven't read anything by Picoult in a few years, and I had forgotten how brilliant she is at blending multiple voices throughout a hefty, impressively researched novel. This book grabbed me hard and didn't let me go (sleep was lost, bus stops missed, etc). The personal, ethical, moral and social issues contained in this book will keep bookclubs talking for weeks.The story, in a nutshell, is a mother of a precocious but severely disabled child decides, in order to get the cash necessary to keep [...]

    5. I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult but I couldn't wait to finish this book so I could read something enjoyable. I thought this book had no redeeming qualities. I didn't like the whole premise. How do you sue your best friend? It went down hill from there. I hated the ending.

    6. Ok, so I just finished Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (due out April).This was the first Jodi Picoult book where I really struggled to finish it. I found it very repetitive & much too similar to My Sister's Keeper - just a different disease.There were family problems, questions of morality, several characters having personal problems, it just seemed to be one big book of problems. & very whiny one at that.It was written very well & I love the style in which Jodi Picoult writes, but [...]

    7. I have mixed feelings about Picoult's latest novel. On the one hand, I really enjoyed once again the introduction of a controversial topic in mainstream fiction and the presentation of all points of view. On the other handwell, there are a lot of other hands. Yes, from what I can recall, this is too similar to My Sister's Keeper. The ending was completely unnecessary. The chapters--written as if they were letters to Willow--just didn't flow the way Picoult most likely intended. Not to mention th [...]

    8. OUTSTANDING. AMAZING. I DIDN'T WANT THIS BOOK TO END. I WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR THIS TO HAVE BEEN THREE TIMES THE LENGTH THAT IT WAS.I can't say enough great things about this book. I'm already biased because I'm a big Picoult fan but I'd have felt this strongly even if this had been written by someone else. I'm utterly amazed at what Picoult manages to do with these books. Other authors try and some even succeed with taking a issue like a school shooting, a disability, etc. and making it very thou [...]

    9. Well, here's the thing Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. She handles current topics in her books and makes them poignant and real and well, she just really makes you THINK, something we often don't like to do. This book started out very slow and at first I wondered if I was even going to be able to get through it. As the story progressed, I couldn't quit, couldn't put it down, HAD TO absorb as much as I could even though at times there were [...]

    10. I was really enjoying reading this latest from Picoult, especially since I hadn't enjoyed her last book. I was also interested in learning more about OI, since a local family was recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and their son has OI. However, after all the drama and tension, the ending just fell flat to me. So I ended up being disappointed overall by the novel. Didn't have that sense of satisfaction I usually get after I finish something really good.

    11. I am a long time fan of Jodi Picoult's work but have been disappointed with her last few efforts. This was no different. While the premise is interesting and the story is told in many voices, I was distracted by the form of the novel in which the characters speak to directly to Willow. And what's with the recipes? Charlotte is no longer a pastry chef. Once the story has been set up with the child's rare disease, it doesn't go anywhere from there. There is nothing new here. We all know what a deb [...]

    12. I know it's a cliché but I'm a fan of Picoult. I especially like the twists - that used to be unpredictable, at least. I did find this one to be easy to see coming. I think I'm used to her style so much now that I just know what's going to happen. I found this one easy to engage in. I love how much research she does for her books. I learned so much about OI which I had heard of before but just in passing. It's such a rare, yet life-encompassing disease. I felt so sad for Willow, and also for he [...]

    13. Not bad but was not happy with the ending or many of the other parts of this book. I did not connect with these characters and found one of the main characters, Charlotte, to be very unlikeable. I can understand both sides in this book but honestly to me her actions did nothing to better the life of her child which was her goal; especially once the book ends. Sorry but in my opinion it is like she devastated the lives of those around her and yet did nothing with the outcome. She was a very unsym [...]

    14. While I still like Picoult's descriptive writing and the way she raises moral and ethical issues, I have to agree with other critics that she needs to take a step back and reassess. Her books are getting to be too similar in plot and characters. SPOILER ALERT!!!!I also had a big problem with the situation that sets up the main action in the book. The family goes to FL on vacation, the child with OI has an accident and breaks her femurs. Because they forgot the letter from the daughter's treating [...]

    15. Don't waste your time on this book.It would be a lie to say it's a boring book. It isn't. But the end truly ruined the whole book for me. It's not just a sad ending that makes you wanna cry, it's the sort of ending that makes you regret about ever reading this book. It makes the whole story pointless. I truly loved it at first but when I finished it I hated it so badly that I didn't even want the copy to be mine anymore. I just had to give it away. I couldn't bear the fact that I wasted my money [...]

    16. Willow O'Keefe has seven broken bones before she took her first breath. Now her life is lived on a knife-edge. Born with brittle bone disease, she will never learn to skate like her sister. Even walking can be dangerous. One wrong step and Willow is back in a cast. The medical bills are crippling her family. So when a lawyer tells Charlotte, her mother, that they might have a case to sue for wrongful birth, she feels bound to consider it. Except that winning would mean losing her best friend and [...]

    17. I never review on here, but I felt the need to. No one I know is reading this book and I really wanted to talk about the ending, so here it goes. ***MAJOR Spoilers below!***I love Jodi-- her writing style, impeccable research and use of immensely controversial subjects makes her my favorite author. In fact, until the main story lines resolved right at the end, I felt no differently about this novel as I have about most of her others in the past- brilliant. Then, it all crashed down for me. First [...]

    18. Like many Jodi Picoult books, Handle With Care is well written and deals with a well researched difficult issue impacting a child and family. I often learn a lot reading Ms. Picoult's books and this one didn't disappoint in that regard, teaching about the devastation of osteogenesis imperfect, sometimes called brittle bone disease. This wasn't one of my favorite Picoult novels. Parts were slow for me. The last 150 pages the pace picked up and I was very engaged. Then, there's what felt like an o [...]

    19. Willow berusia enam setengah tahun, dan dia sudah mematahkan 68 tulang dalam waktu selama itu.Seorang bayi, yang amat dinanti orang tuanya, lahir dengan penuh limpahan kasih sayang. Orang-orang akan berebut untuk menggendongnya, mencium pipi mungilnya dan menghirup aroma khas yang dimilikinya. Lalu kedua orang tuanya akan sibuk memilihkan nama, sambil membayangkan kelak kegiatan yang akan mereka lakukan bersama sang anak. Berlari, bermain sepak bola, bermain layangan, atau berenang?Tapi tidak de [...]

    20. This book was good but a few things bothered me about it and I am glad that I have made it through the Jodi Picoult books so I can take a break for awhile. First off, this book is being compared to My Sister's Keeper due to similar themes and family issues. I would agree but argue that My Sister's Keeper is much better. Second, can anyone be that stupid (referring to the mother Charlotte)? Even after being presented numerous times with situations suggesting that she was ruining their family and [...]

    21. A typical Jodi Picoult ethical/medical dilemma story. The ending was not a total surprise that I found quite annoying. I felt manipulated.

    22. This book is about Willow and her family. Willow has brittle bone syndrom and after a disasterous trip to Disney the family finds out they have a good lawsuit case. The lawsuit is a "wrongful birth" case. The trial is masked as a malpractice suit but the underlying and obvious message is that the mother would not have given birth to her daughter if she had known of her disease within an appropriate amount of time. The story really kind of beats to death the idea that the mother loves her daughte [...]

    23. I am not happy with this book at all and just when I thought Songs of the Humpback Whales would be my least favorite book by this author, I stumbled upon Handle With Care - this book was poorly edited and the worst part being the utterly unfathomable ending! I just finished this book today and I am not sure that time will heal Picoult's attack on my reading brain. I thought the ending of My Sister's Keeper was a giant cop-out until I re-read the foreword and figured out why the ending was, in re [...]

    24. Okay, like I've said, I have this problem where I keep thinking I'll like Jodi Picoult's books. So when I saw that she'd written a book about a family bringing a wrongful birth suit because they couldn't afford to take care of their 5-year-old daughter's significant special needs (she has brittle bone disorder), I was intrigued. Picoult is at her best (least worst?) when she handles medical issues, and medical malpractice--especially with regard to wrongful birth, which I think is a disturbing c [...]

    25. The ending kills me. Every time i read it i think "oh i know what's going to happen maybe this time it won't hurt as much" and i'm wrong. Every time. If you want a chance to ever be happy in yourlife skip the last 3 pages. The book is going to be a good one instead of a great one but you're going to lead a life without any emotional damage. It's your choice.

    26. A minha opinião em vídeo: youtube/watch?v=wzHf7Uma história da qual gostei muito mas que quando comecei mas estava a mexer a comigo. A partir do meio, fiquei completamente dentro da história.

    27. Setelah sekian lama menantikan terjemahan dari novel Jodi Picoult, mendengar GPU akan menerbitkan Handle With Care saya jadi tidak sabar ingin segera membacanya. Kali ini JP mengangkat tema tentang dilema seorang ibu yang memiliki anak difabel.Sean dan Charlotte O'Keefe sangat gembira ketika mengetahui usaha mereka untuk mempunyai seorang anak berhasil, setelah penantian dan usaha fertilisasi dua tahun lamanya. Piper Reece, sahabat sekaligus dokter kandungan Charlotte adalah orang yang tahu past [...]

    28. ♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤ says:

      Handle with CareJodi PicoultAge rec- 14-30FIVE STARSPrior to Handle with care, I had read three of Picoult's novels- Sing you home, The pact and My sisters keeper. I liked them all very much- they all got 4 stars- but weren't exactly 5 star material. This book is.I realise I've been too kind with ratings recently, but this book was just gorgeous. I read the first 20 pages and knew it was The One. I fell in love with each and every character, and the story caused me so many #Feels and pain. Every [...]

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