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Handle With Care

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  89,734 Ratings  ·  7,165 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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♫✯Emerson loves Julia Shumway✯♫❤NO EMOJI❤All the girls I loved before, told me they signed up for more 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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Feb 25, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Typical Picoult plot and characters. The end really bothered me as it seemed unnecessary.
Mar 17, 2009 Lani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Caryl, Tamara, Picoult fans
Shelves: chicklit
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Mar 08, 2009 Leeann rated it liked it  ·  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
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
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
Mar 09, 2009 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2009 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
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
Mary Jo
Mar 15, 2009 Mary Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2009 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.
Jan 25, 2016 Giselle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, adult
I know it's a cliché but I'm a fan of Picoult. I especially like the twists - that used to be unpredictable, at least. I did find this one to be easy to see coming. I think I'm used to her style so much now that I just know what's going to happen.

I found this one easy to engage in. I love how much research she does for her books. I learned so much about OI which I had heard of before but just in passing. It's such a rare, yet life-encompassing disease. I felt so sad for Willow, and also for her
Mar 19, 2009 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 30, 2009 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 20, 2016 Alvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Willow berusia enam setengah tahun, dan dia sudah mematahkan 68 tulang dalam waktu selama itu.

Seorang bayi, yang amat dinanti orang tuanya, lahir dengan penuh limpahan kasih sayang. Orang-orang akan berebut untuk menggendongnya, mencium pipi mungilnya dan menghirup aroma khas yang dimilikinya. Lalu kedua orang tuanya akan sibuk memilihkan nama, sambil membayangkan kelak kegiatan yang akan mereka lakukan bersama sang anak. Berlari, bermain sepak bola, bermain layangan, atau berenang?

Tapi tidak de
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
Carol Brill
Like many Jodi Picoult books, Handle With Care is well written and deals with a well researched difficult issue impacting a child and family. I often learn a lot reading Ms. Picoult's books and this one didn't disappoint in that regard, teaching about the devastation of osteogenesis imperfect, sometimes called brittle bone disease.
This wasn't one of my favorite Picoult novels. Parts were slow for me. The last 150 pages the pace picked up and I was very engaged. Then, there's what felt like an o
A typical Jodi Picoult ethical/medical dilemma story. The ending was not a total surprise that I found quite annoying. I felt manipulated.
Jun 29, 2009 Mallory rated it did not like it  ·  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
Mar 07, 2014 Vasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
♫✯Emerson loves Julia Shumway✯♫❤NO EMOJI❤All the girls I loved before, told me they signed up for more
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.
Oct 09, 2014 Desty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books are hard to talk about with giving away too much. Jodi Picoult's Handle With Care is one of these. Anyone reading a summary will get a feel for the plot. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe have two daughters, Amelia and Willow and could be the picture of the average American family. But average they are not as Willow suffers from a rare, disfiguring disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder which causes bones to break easily.
The story beings with Charlotte as narrator. “Things break all t
Jan 11, 2011 Jennefer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 08, 2009 Bree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2009
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
Kim Lovee
Sep 21, 2016 Kim Lovee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Willow, ihr lang ersehntes Kind, ist perfekt. Das ist das Erste, was Charlotte O’Keefe hört, als sie ihr Baby auf dem Ultraschallbild sieht. Ja, es ist perfekt. Daran ändert auch Willows Krankheit nichts. Charlotte liebt ihr Kind abgöttisch und will nur eins: es beschützen. Denn Willow braucht allen Schutz der Welt. Beim kleinsten Stoß brechen ihre Knochen. Jedoch auch ihr Herz kann brechen. Das scheint Charlotte zu vergessen, als sie vor Gericht das Geld für die richtige Behandlung erkämpfen wi ...more
Rina Suryakusuma
Buku Jodi Picoult paling favorit untuk saya hingga saat ini

Satu-satunya hal yang membuat saya membenci buku ini adalah bagian paling akhir
Saya hanya tidak paham, kenapa harus begitu sih endingnya

Jadi buku ini bercerita tentang seorang anak yang menderita penyakit Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Lalu si ibu, Charlotte -- karena dia sangat mencintai Willow, si anak yang sakit, memutuskan untuk menuntut dokter kandungannya dengan alasan malpraktik.
Dengan tuntutan, jika saja dia diberitahu s
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, 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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