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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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    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.

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    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 04-24-09
    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 04-24-09 Member Since 2005
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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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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-19-09
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-19-09 Member Since 2005

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    "too much like My Sisters Keeper"

    I would have liked this book much more if it was more original. I know that Jodi churns out a book every 9 mths, but she needs to find a few new, and original topics. She already explored sick kids and the effect on the family in my favorite book, My Sisters Keeper, that was amazing and I recommend it highly. This one comes too close to that.

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    Cornelia piqua, OH, United States 04-17-09
    Cornelia piqua, OH, United States 04-17-09 Member Since 2003
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    wonderful

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    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 03-24-09
    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 03-24-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Waste of time."

    This book was simply awful. A waste of money and time. The whole book is about a stupid lawsuit. The medical details of the case are nauseating. Skip at all costs!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 03-29-09
    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 03-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Too greedy"

    I was disturbed by the character's notion that insurance fraud appeard to be an acceptable way to help a handicapped child. Growing up wtih a friend with OI, it is sad that our society today (I consider the jury guilty as well) would rather accept insurance fraud than ask for financial help. No wonder we have so much moral bankruptcy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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