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Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
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Jul 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, adult-fiction
Read in July, 2009

This was my first venture into the world of Jodi Picoult. Handle With Care is her newest literary offering, written from the perspectives of the family of a captivating and intelligent young girl who was born with a collagen deficiency in her bones known as osteogenesis imperfecta which causes her bones to break much more easily than other children. The girl, named Willow, becomes the centerpiece around which this tale of expectations, love, and heartbreak is weaved. We are introduced one by one to her mother, Charlotte, an ex-baker who has given up her life to give Willow the care she needs; her father, Sean, the police officer who serves and protects his family the best way he knows how; and her older sister, Amelia, Charlotte's first child and the closest friend Willow has, along with a few other key characters who aide in the narration. The story grows into a picture of relationships, shattered and healed into something that has become suddenly unfamiliar and full of uncertainty. What makes a family? Are negative consequences still deplorable if the preceding actions were born of good intentions? Is an imperfect life worth living? Is any life really perfect? Can love conquer all? This book challenges us to look beyond the surface of things, to relish what you were given and to love and forgive unconditionally. It takes you on a journey through the emotional lives of these characters, showing you every point of view to give you a complete picture of all the elements that go into their interactions. It leaves you with a new perspective, both on the events of the story and on the elements that make up your life. I could truly identify with many elements of this story, so it really struck a chord for me. I found myself and my family's life in many aspects of this book... sometimes in the places I least expected. I'd be willing to bet that even if you have never experienced anything quite so similar as I have to the events in this story, you too will find between these pages a mirror of sorts, reflecting your deepest emotions and fears. If Picoult's other works are anywhere near as well-written and engrossing as this touching story, I very well may have stumbled onto one of my new favorite authors. A well deserved five stars.
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Marcia Be sure to check out Nineteen Minutes and Tenth Circle, both by Jodi Picoult.


Veronica I'm definitely going to be reading all her works, I have My Sister's Keeper on hold now.


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