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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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    S Smith Daphne, AL United States 07-25-09
    S Smith Daphne, AL United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not her best, but still worth a listen..."

    Although I didn't like this book as well as some of the other Jodi Picoult's I've listened to, in all fairness I expect a lot from this author. You really can't go wrong by choosing a book by Picoult. Even her "average" books are very good.

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    Linda Gilbert, AZ, USA 06-25-09
    Linda Gilbert, AZ, USA 06-25-09
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    "Love this author"

    this is just one more great book!

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    Audrey Marlton, NJ, USA 06-09-09
    Audrey Marlton, NJ, USA 06-09-09
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    "Listen with care, or wait until next year's book"

    I am a Picoult fan. My last review was title, "Picoult Perfection" for her "Change of Heart". This one is disappointing.

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    Sarah Littlestown, PA, USA 06-01-09
    Sarah Littlestown, PA, USA 06-01-09
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    "good book, crumby ending"

    The story was typical Picoult, well written and provocative. But wow, the ending was a complete anti-climax and didn't seem to fit the rest of the story. It seems as if she were thinking that she didn't know how to end it so she just tacked this on to get it to the publisher on time.

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    Angela CEDAR LAKE, IN, USA 05-24-09
    Angela CEDAR LAKE, IN, USA 05-24-09
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    "EVERYBODY IS BROKEN"

    THIS BOOK SUCKED. WE GO FROM NICE LITTLE FAMILY TO EVERYBODY AND THING IN THIS FAMILY'S PATH IS TRASHED AND STAYS TRASHED. DON'T READ IT.

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    Joann carbondale, PA, USA 05-20-09
    Joann carbondale, PA, USA 05-20-09
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    "Moral Question"

    This book was excellent. As with all of her books one found himself wondering "What would I do?" This book reaches many different levels of moral comprehension. Depending on your religious orientation, you may agree or disagree with the writer.
    I truly enjoyed this book. It is a must on my list of worthwhile reads.

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    Ron Columbus, IN, USA 04-29-09
    Ron Columbus, IN, USA 04-29-09
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    "Same ole' same ole'"

    If this were my first Jodi Picoult I would have loved it. It is so similar to "My Sister's Keeper" that I was a bit peeved.

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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 04-26-09
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 04-26-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, well narrated"

    Picoult is an uneven writer, but when she's good, she's one of the best. This is a terrific novel, a well told story with deep, well-developed characters. I loved "My Sister's Keeper" and "Change of Heart" and while I'll admit she's mining familiar territory, Picoult has some great twists here. I'm glad I bought this as an audio book. The narrators are excellent performers. I have enjoyed many audible books, but this one truly impressed me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 04-24-09
    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 04-24-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not up to par"

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors. However, this being said, Handle With Care harkens back too closely to My Sister`s Keeper. Moreover, I find the idea of insurance fraud for `the sake of the children` appalling. While I normally enjoy the moral dilemma Picoult includes in many of her works, I did not find the mother character sympathetic. To my thinking, the author goes to great lengths to prove the adage; money can’t buy happiness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 04-19-09
    Robert Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 04-19-09
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    "Needed Editing"

    The story is engaging, but Picoult's attempt to speak with the voice of a young teen is unimpressive.

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