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Handle with Care Audiobook

Handle with Care: A Novel

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When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated - she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative story from the number-one New York Times best-selling author, "Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance" (Stephen King).

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, 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 had 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 is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    A. M. Buchanan 03-26-17

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    If you are so happy that you are looking for something to bring you down, then by all means read this book. It is the most intense, most depressing story I’ve read lately, perhaps ever.

    All of the adult characters were believable, if not likable. The child characters were likable, if not believable. As an educator I think of myself as not TOO far from the realities of youth, but Amelia was way too sophisticated. Not in her actions, mind you, but in her thoughts and language, as expressed by the narrator. If her role had been read in the third person by an adult, then I could buy it. But she was WAY too sophisticated and articulate when she was expressing her thoughts a la the narrator. It was much easier to buy a gifted 6 year old Willow than an extraordinarily articulate Amelia. As for her problems and all the actions that went along with them, yes, that part was utterly believable.

    As for the ending, I hated it – not the tragic event (no spoiler alert), but the placement of the cheque in the casket. Oh, please. How about giving it to Piper’s women’s shelter? Or some other appropriate charity? I mean, it’s just going back to the insurance company, and goodness knows they’ve got enough money. I won’t go any further for fear of spoiling.
    I hated this book, yet I stayed with it. I wanted to finish, and wanted to know how it ended. The story carried well, and was very readable, especially with the multiple readers. I wanted to know how it ended, but more, I wanted it to be over.



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    Nova5ever 02-14-17
    Nova5ever 02-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish I had never listened"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some one who likes sadness, or wants to feel disheartened after reading


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Probably not, the book was well written parts but also contained a very disturbing rape sequence, in which one character raped another to make them feel as bad as they do. It was then brushed over and never addressed later in the story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Addressed the rape incident, and also provided an ending that did not make the struggle of the main characters ultimately worthless. I was expecting some kind of resolve the the characters went though hell and came out the other side only to have everything crash down around them.


    What character would you cut from Handle with Care?

    Emma, her and Amelia's relationship was a source of drama and very spiteful and just allowed Amelia character to be further destroyed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book, Im disappointed I spent nearly 19 hours of my life listening to it.

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    valerie Detroit, MI, United States 12-26-16
    valerie Detroit, MI, United States 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    Where does Handle with Care rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story, not too high. It is too much like My Sisters Keeper so on a scale from 1 to 5 and 5 the highest, I would give this a 3


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning about fragile bone diease.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have one


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

    It Didn'y


    Any additional comments?

    There is no doubt Jodi Picoult is a very good story teller. But once is enough. Handle with Care is My Sisters Keeper retooled.

    I listed to the audio version of the book and am still wondering why the book was as long as it was. There is so much unnecessary stuff that could have and should have been left out. It was bad enough this is a rewrite of a previous story but for it to go on with stuff that add no value it just too much.

    Skip this one

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