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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

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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 2009
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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.

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    Janet Rawlings 05-01-15
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    "Heartbreakingly beautiful"

    This was a sad and yet beautiful book. I love all the books I've read by Jodi Picoult and this was no exception. The subject was a difficult one but is handled with honesty and compassion. The narration was outstanding. I would recommend this book.

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    Bjors 05-01-15
    Bjors 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good listen"

    Captured my attention , Jodi picoult is surely one of my favorite authors. Love learning about the not everyday thing like OI

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    robert 03-21-15
    robert 03-21-15
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    "another great book."

    Love the multiple narrators it makes the book so much more enjoyable this is a hallmark of Jodi Picoult.

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    Michael Pelliccio Mount Vernon, NY, US 01-12-15
    Michael Pelliccio Mount Vernon, NY, US 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    I could not stop listening. I totally recommend this book... You will not be disappointed the cast was brilliant... Bravo

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 10-26-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book but not as good as others by Picoult."

    I love Jodi Picoult's books. The story was here was depressing and I found it hard to feel as sorry for the mother as I think I was supposed to feel.
    However true to form, there was a surprise ending. And this one was something I didn't see coming!

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