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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

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ebook, 496 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Laura
Typical Picoult plot and characters. The end really bothered me as it seemed unnecessary.
Lani
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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Leeann
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...more
Janet
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Jackie
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...more
Rachel
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...more
Audrey
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...more
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
OUTSTANDING. AMAZING. I DIDN'T WANT THIS BOOK TO END. I WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR THIS TO HAVE BEEN THREE TIMES THE LENGTH THAT IT WAS.
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...more
george
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
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...more
Alissa
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.
Vivian
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
Ellen
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Ellie
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
Cassie
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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
Allison
A typical Jodi Picoult ethical/medical dilemma story. The ending was not a total surprise that I found quite annoying. I felt manipulated.
Jennefer
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Mallory
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
Vasia
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.
Laurel-Rain
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...more
Bree
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...more
Yarden
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...more
Barbara
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
Thomas
"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
JoAnne
Well... I am a big fan of Picoult and was anxious to read her newest book. This book is like many of her others: she allows you to see a complex issue through the eyes of each of the affected characters. I was ready to learn a lot, and I did, but I found the book painful to read and had to force myself to keep going. That is not to say that I didn't love some of it, but I found the deteriorating marriage and the descriptions of the broken bones overdone. It was the opposite of subtle and the end...more
Eadie Sweezy
I didn't think the ending came as a complete shock as there was a lot of foreshadowing throughout the book. This was a first read of mine from Jodi Picoult and I love how thorough her research is and the different voices of each of the characters. As a mother of a special needs child, I was touched by how vividly Jodi expressed feelings about the child from a parent, sibling, and friends points of view. Mad skills of this author. I will be reading her works again, will NOT be making any of the r...more
Shelly


4.5 stars. I couldn't rate it the full five because it broke my heart.
:-) :-(

**I met a little 2 year old girl today that actually has OI. She has already had seven breaks and she is small for her age but her mama said she has overcome everything her doctor said she wouldn't be able to do. They did actually tell her she would be better off aborting the child. I was blown away. She is a cute little happy child and it broke me heart.
Andrea Santos
First up, I haven't read Piccoult's "My Sisters Keeper" so this probably allowed me to enjoy 'Handle With Care' without noticing any plot similarities. Having read other reviews I will likely give My Sisters Keeper a miss.

The story evolves around the ethical and personal issues around a mother's decision to sue her obyn over her disabled daughter's wrongful birth. Her obyn happens to be her best friend, And her husband happens to be against the wrongful birth litigation.

I felt there was enough c...more
Christina
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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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