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Handle with Care

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  81,390 ratings  ·  6,757 reviews
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 stare

Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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♫✯Aria loves #PriceField✯♫❤Put on your war paint❤Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be if we met at midnight in the hanging tree As I sat down on my bed, having closed the book, I leant forward and ran my hands through my hair. So this was pain. This was the hard hurt everyone…moreAs I sat down on my bed, having closed the book, I leant forward and ran my hands through my hair. So this was pain. This was the hard hurt everyone talked about. I held my hands to my face as tears raced down my cheeks.
This is so unfair.

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Typical Picoult plot and characters. The end really bothered me as it seemed unnecessary.
Mar 17, 2009 Lani rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Caryl, Tamara, Picoult fans
Shelves: chicklit
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Mar 08, 2009 Leeann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Picoult fans
This book was a mixed bag.

I will agree with readers that say it reminded them very much of My Sister's Keeper. I thought that Picoult did a nice job of developing Amelia's character and perspective. While I did find this book quite gripping, I find that Picoult needs to be wary of being too formulaic. Her twists and turns are becoming predictable; thus, when one happens it doesn't affect the reader in an emotional way. The twists almost become detrimental to the book- much like a soap opera that
I haven't read anything by Picoult in a few years, and I had forgotten how brilliant she is at blending multiple voices throughout a hefty, impressively researched novel. This book grabbed me hard and didn't let me go (sleep was lost, bus stops missed, etc). The personal, ethical, moral and social issues contained in this book will keep bookclubs talking for weeks.

The story, in a nutshell, is a mother of a precocious but severely disabled child decides, in order to get the cash necessary to keep
This book was by far the worst i've ever read in my life, I got a third of the way through then gave up and read the ending, which was completely ridiculous and made the book quite pointless.

I have to start by saying I'm disabled and have used a wheelchair for 8 years now and quite a few of my friends are also disabled so I have a good knowledge of how people with disabilities and our families live and cope with everyday situations. Now I can't speak for everyone, but the characters in this book
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Ok, so I just finished Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (due out April).

This was the first Jodi Picoult book where I really struggled to finish it. I found it very repetitive & much too similar to My Sister's Keeper - just a different disease.

There were family problems, questions of morality, several characters having personal problems, it just seemed to be one big book of problems. & very whiny one at that.

It was written very well & I love the style in which Jodi Picoult writes, but
Eva Leger
Nov 22, 2012 Eva Leger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Picoult fans & people who like thought provoking fiction
Recommended to Eva by: I love Jodi Picoult
I can't say enough great things about this book. I'm already biased because I'm a big Picoult fan but I'd have felt this strongly even if this had been written by someone else. I'm utterly amazed at what Picoult manages to do with these books.
Other authors try and some even succeed with taking a issue like a school shooting, a disability, etc. and making it very tho
Mary Jo
Well, here's the thing... Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. She handles current topics in her books and makes them poignant and real and... well, she just really makes you THINK, something we often don't like to do.

This book started out very slow and at first I wondered if I was even going to be able to get through it. As the story progressed, I couldn't quit, couldn't put it down, HAD TO absorb as much as I could even though at times ther
I have mixed feelings about Picoult's latest novel. On the one hand, I really enjoyed once again the introduction of a controversial topic in mainstream fiction and the presentation of all points of view. On the other hand...well, there are a lot of other hands. Yes, from what I can recall, this is too similar to My Sister's Keeper. The ending was completely unnecessary. The chapters--written as if they were letters to Willow--just didn't flow the way Picoult most likely intended. Not to mention ...more
I was really enjoying reading this latest from Picoult, especially since I hadn't enjoyed her last book.

I was also interested in learning more about OI, since a local family was recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and their son has OI.

However, after all the drama and tension, the ending just fell flat to me. So I ended up being disappointed overall by the novel. Didn't have that sense of satisfaction I usually get after I finish something really good.
I am a long time fan of Jodi Picoult's work but have been disappointed with her last few efforts. This was no different. While the premise is interesting and the story is told in many voices, I was distracted by the form of the novel in which the characters speak to directly to Willow. And what's with the recipes? Charlotte is no longer a pastry chef. Once the story has been set up with the child's rare disease, it doesn't go anywhere from there. There is nothing new here. We all know what a deb ...more
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Willow O'Keefe has seven broken bones before she took her first breath. Now her life is lived on a knife-edge. Born with brittle bone disease, she will never learn to skate like her sister. Even walking can be dangerous. One wrong step and Willow is back in a cast. The medical bills are crippling her family. So when a lawyer tells Charlotte, her mother, that they might have a case to sue for wrongful birth, she feels bound to consider it. Except that winning would mean losing her best friend and ...more
Ryan Mac
This book was good but a few things bothered me about it and I am glad that I have made it through the Jodi Picoult books so I can take a break for awhile. First off, this book is being compared to My Sister's Keeper due to similar themes and family issues. I would agree but argue that My Sister's Keeper is much better. Second, can anyone be that stupid (referring to the mother Charlotte)? Even after being presented numerous times with situations suggesting that she was ruining their family and ...more
A typical Jodi Picoult ethical/medical dilemma story. The ending was not a total surprise that I found quite annoying. I felt manipulated.
Don't waste your time on this book.
It would be a lie to say it's a boring book. It isn't. But the end truly ruined the whole book for me. It's not just a sad ending that makes you wanna cry, it's the sort of ending that makes you regret about ever reading this book. It makes the whole story pointless.
I truly loved it at first but when I finished it I hated it so badly that I didn't even want the copy to be mine anymore. I just had to give it away. I couldn't bear the fact that I wasted my money
Jun 29, 2009 Mallory rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: enemies, people who don't mind bad books
Recommended to Mallory by: Target. The jerks!
Okay, like I've said, I have this problem where I keep thinking I'll like Jodi Picoult's books. So when I saw that she'd written a book about a family bringing a wrongful birth suit because they couldn't afford to take care of their 5-year-old daughter's significant special needs (she has brittle bone disorder), I was intrigued. Picoult is at her best (least worst?) when she handles medical issues, and medical malpractice--especially with regard to wrongful birth, which I think is a disturbing c ...more
Setelah sekian lama menantikan terjemahan dari novel Jodi Picoult, mendengar GPU akan menerbitkan Handle With Care saya jadi tidak sabar ingin segera membacanya. Kali ini JP mengangkat tema tentang dilema seorang ibu yang memiliki anak difabel.

Sean dan Charlotte O'Keefe sangat gembira ketika mengetahui usaha mereka untuk mempunyai seorang anak berhasil, setelah penantian dan usaha fertilisasi dua tahun lamanya. Piper Reece, sahabat sekaligus dokter kandungan Charlotte adalah orang yang tahu past
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The ending kills me. Every time i read it i think "oh i know what's going to happen maybe this time it won't hurt as much" and i'm wrong. Every time. If you want a chance to ever be happy in yourlife skip the last 3 pages. The book is going to be a good one instead of a great one but you're going to lead a life without any emotional damage. It's your choice.
♫✯Aria loves #PriceField✯♫❤Put on your war paint❤Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be if we met at midnight in the hanging tree
Handle with Care

Jodi Picoult

Age rec- 14-30


Prior to Handle with care, I had read three of Picoult's novels- Sing you home, The pact and My sisters keeper. I liked them all very much- they all got 4 stars- but weren't exactly 5 star material. This book is.

I realise I've been too kind with ratings recently, but this book was just..... gorgeous. I read the first 20 pages and knew it was The One. I fell in love with each and every character, and the story caused me so many #Feels and pain.
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Jodi Picoult’s latest provocative tome, “Handle with Care,” leads us down a typically controversial path when a young mother, Charlotte O’Keefe, sues her obstetrician, Piper Reece – who also happens to have been her best friend.

Charlotte’s second child, Willow, is born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta – brittle bone disease – that not only leads to broken bones, several even in utero, but in this harrowing plot, hearts and lives are shattered into shards.

The crux of the suit surrounds the issue of c
Hmmmm...I'm just not sure what to say. The book started off really awesome, I couldn't put it down. I realized partway through that it was really following closely to the "formula" that she used in My Sister's Keeper, which was slightly annoying...but still, it worked well for the subject. Parts of the trial were unrealistic, IMO...especially one BIG part (you'll know what part if you read it - it's just so left-field and would NEVER happen in a courtroom). And then the ending...gah! WTH?!

I hate
As coisas que se partem - sejam ossos, corações ou promessas - podem voltar a ficar juntas, mas nunca mais ficarão inteiras.

Jodi Picoult, a rainha dos dramas contemporâneos com diferentes pontos de vista, e dos finais de partir o coração.
Charlotte and Sean O"Keefe are the parents of two daughters. The younger one, Willow, was born with a congenital disabling disease, OI, osteogenisis imperfecta, or "brittle bone disease". This condition causes bone breaks any where in the body,from such simple actions as rolling over in bed, to stepping down on an object. She is, however, a delightful, smart little girl.Numerous trips to the hospital for frequent fractures and resultant financial burdens has caused stress and hardship for this f ...more
Andreia Silva
“Frágil” não foi a minha estreia com Jodi Picoult, mas foi o livro que fez render-me aos pés da sua genialidade.

Este livro leva-nos ao mundo da pequena Willow, uma menina com osteogénese imperfeita, tornando-a frágil, pois os seus ossos não têm a capacidade de se fortalecerem. A doença de Willow vai esgotando os recursos financeiros da família até que Charlotte, a mãe, decide processar a obstetra por não ter detetado precocemente a doença da filha o que permitisse a realização de um aborto. E é
"Handle With Care" is about the O'Keefe family and their struggle to raise and protect their second child Willow, who was born with OI (osteogenesis imperfecta). OI makes Willow extremely vulnerable to breaking her bones - in fact, she was born with seven broken bones already. She can break them by sneezing, or if she trips and happens to fall at a bad angle. When Charlotte O'Keefe, her mom, begins to get financially worried about how they are going to support Willow in the future, she decides t ...more
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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