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Handle with Care | [Jodi Picoult]

Handle with Care

From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.
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Publisher's Summary

Things break all the time....

Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Promises break. Hearts break.

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, well, 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 should have 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 more. What constitutes a valuable life?

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

©2009 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    J. Dallinger Fort Worth, TX USA 06-27-09
    J. Dallinger Fort Worth, TX USA 06-27-09 Member Since 2006

    library goddess

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    "My Sister's Keeper Revisited"

    I was so excited to discover this new title by Jodie Picoult and so disappointed by the book. I loved My Sister's Keeper and Handle with Care just seemed like the same story with a different disease. The ending should have been a shocker but having read the former title, I was not shocked, surprised or even saddened. This is the first book by Picoult that I have not enjoyed and I hope that her next effort breaks new ground. All in all....a disappointment but I did listen to the entire audiobook hoping for something new. I will keep my hopes up for the next Picoult title.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Danzer Indianapolis 05-02-09
    Danzer Indianapolis 05-02-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Warning about the ending"

    I agree, this is very like My Sister's Keeper, and has the same infuriating ending that pretty much undercuts the whole book. This book is NOT for those who want a happy ending. I don't want to say more so that the ending isn't spoiled, but just beware if negative endings bother you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 04-07-09
    Donna 04-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed it"

    This was the first Jodi Picoult book I had listened to. It was recommended to me and I didn't read the reviews first. I really enjoyed it. I will be listening to more of her books. I thought the actors did a good job with narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Houston, TX, USA 03-31-09
    Teri Houston, TX, USA 03-31-09
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    "Another Great Picoult Book!"

    The characters are great and the actors/readers are particularly good. There is a very loud, annoying static noise at the end of each chapter/section for all three of the book downloads. Might be a glitch in the new enhanced format option that audible now offers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 02-09-10
    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting - loved it!"

    Excellent character development, plot, conflicts, and outcomes!

    This is my first Picoult book and I loved it. Found it extremely interesting. It asks allot ot questions, challenges your morality, sense of right/wrong, and you get to feel and hear each of her character's point of view. I was disappointed with the ending, but I understand why this ended in this manner. Through this entire book, the characters ended up coming back to their humanity. For one of the main characters, she wasn't able to recover - but healed in a different direction. I will definitely pick a few more of her books! This one was a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne KENNESAW, GA, United States 12-14-13
    suzanne KENNESAW, GA, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "not as good as her other books"
    What would have made Handle with Care better?

    A better ending would have helped


    Would you be willing to try another one of Celeste Ciulla’s performances?

    maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Expected more from Jodi, I have read every other book by her and was disappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Pescadero, CA, United States 07-11-13
    Audrey Pescadero, CA, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Breakable"
    What made the experience of listening to Handle with Care the most enjoyable?

    Picoult's wonderful, detailed writing, her amazing storytelling abilities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Handle with Care?

    There were quite a few, can't narrow it down to one. Some of my favorite parts were when Amelia, the older daughter, narrates her scenes.


    What does Celeste Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great voice for narration...does a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost...a lot of emotional intensity to digest, so taking breaks worked for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm impressed with how Picoult can have very unlikeable characters in her books, yet she makes you care about what happens to them. Charlotte's character (the mother), could be very frustrating in my opinion. But Picoult made me care about her...what a talent.

    Wish the ending had been different. Thought it was overkill to end it the way she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Emmett, ID 02-17-13
    Kelsey Emmett, ID 02-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This One Will Tug on Your Heart Strings"
    If you could sum up Handle with Care in three words, what would they be?

    Heart touching, Frustrating, Family


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was all about family dynamic and how we handle tough situations. High levels of stress can tear your world and your family apart if you aren't careful.


    Which character – as performed by Celeste Ciulla – was your favorite?

    I think Amelia was my favorite. Lost little girl is a world focused on her sister.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending... don't want to ruin it for you.
    I also liked when she got to go to camp.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the end would have been a little different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 12-12-12
    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2007

    I love to read / listen and I write as well. Hope to have something published some day and see my work here for all to enjoy!

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    "Another winner for Jodi Picoult!!!"
    What did you love best about Handle with Care?

    I love the realistic people and the situations in Jodi's books. I always learn something valuable that I would be hard pressed to learn about any other way. This is a great story of family, love and loss... If you are a Jodi fan...don't pass this up.


    What other book might you compare Handle with Care to and why?

    Jodi's book are somewhat formulatic but there is always something unique with them too. Never do they feel like a repeat of something else.


    What does Celeste Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love the readers! They bring the story to life and make the listener feel like they are personally talking with the people. WONDERFUL!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!! I couldn't stop listening to it!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! Enjoy it!

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    Michelle Byron, GA, United States 12-07-12
    Michelle Byron, GA, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My Sisters Keeper 2.0"
    What disappointed you about Handle with Care?

    Oh how I wish I'd read other reviews of Handle With Care. This was a terribly written, poor copy of a great book. Badly thought out story line, unsympathetic characters and a shoddy ending. Too bad.The narration was OK, the voices had character but good narration can't save a bad story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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