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
Usually I enjoy stories by Jodi Picoult; she is one of my favorite authors. But this story really irritated me! The story lines seemed very formulaic (take one part Not My Sister???s Keeper, change the illness, change the child who dies and volia you have Handel with Care). The recipe renditions were tedious at best and made me grateful for the forward button on my iPod. But the topping on the cake was the oh so predictable unpredictable tragic ending. I would pass on this one. Still love Jodi, just not this time!
The only reason I gave it one star is because I had to!!! I haven't written a review but this was such a waste of time I had to do this too. I can't tell you not to listen to it but it is worthless. I can't even imagine why someone would write a book this bad.
I have a friend with OI, and was interested that the book was about this disease. As usual, Ms. Picoult does a pretty good researching for her writing. Yes, there is a certain formula that had me guessing correctly, but I definitely got swept up in the lives of the people in the book, and really enjoyed reading it. I have read many of her books, and it is true that this one is the most similar to "My Sister's Keeper". I hope she keeps writing, because she is one of my favorite authors for audiobooks.
I love Jodi Picoult's work usually. The book is good and well researched but did not capture me completely like Perfect Match or My Sister's Keeper. The characters were not endearing to me and I thought the sub plot more interesting than the main one. I usually find that I can't put down a Jodi Picould, not this one though.
but the futher I got in the story the worse the whole book story became, and the ending was just a big let down. For a family to go through such terrible difficulties and then the breakup of lives and families and then the ending was such a let down. I felt like I traveled uphill for a long time and then when I got to the top of the hill there was really no rest, no landing. I would not recommend this to anyone with a disabled child, and you must have a medical background to understand most of what was being said.
Jodi Picoult always writes an excellent book and this one was good. But it went on for too long and at times the characters were too whiny. Not as good as some of her other novels
Jodi has the power to move your feelings from hating the mother to understanding why. the wau she draws the character is amazing. when you read it you can not stop
A most touching story and well written. Good book.
This author follows a formula of allowing the reader to see an issue from many sides, many points of view. As a biology teacher I like this because it gives my students perspective on how reproductive technologies add a whole new and heart wrentching dimension to being a parent. Much like "My sisters Keeper" in this respect.
Queen of UTEE
It doesn't matter to me that many of Jodi's books follow a 'style' of writing. She is a marvelous writer. Her stories are so engaging and this one is no exception. Perhaps a bit too long if anything, but read so beautifully you absolutely feel like you know these people first hand.
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