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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. 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 live ...more
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Laura
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
Typical Picoult plot and characters. The end really bothered me as it seemed unnecessary.
Lani
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Caryl, Tamara, Picoult fans
Shelves: chicklit
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Leeann
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Janet
Mar 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Jackie
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Audrey
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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george
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Alissa
Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Mary Jo
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Vivian
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Giselle
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Yarden136
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Aoibhínn
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
Ellen
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Belinda
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
4,25 stars - English hard cover - I have dyslexia - In my old notebook I wrote down : this book hurted me physically Just by the story of Willow and the choices her mum made. 😭😭😭
Suzanne
Not bad but was not happy with the ending or many of the other parts of this book. I did not connect with these characters and found one of the main characters, Charlotte, to be very unlikeable. I can understand both sides in this book but honestly to me her actions did nothing to better the life of her child which was her goal; especially once the book ends. Sorry but in my opinion it is like she devastated the lives of those around her and yet did nothing with the outcome. She was a very unsym ...more
Cassie
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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This is an exceptional book. I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend.
Norma * Traveling Sister
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books! Love this author!
Ryan Mac
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: spring-challenge
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
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Allison
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
A typical Jodi Picoult ethical/medical dilemma story. The ending was not a total surprise that I found quite annoying. I felt manipulated.
Krystel
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book is about Willow and her family. Willow has brittle bone syndrom and after a disasterous trip to Disney the family finds out they have a good lawsuit case. The lawsuit is a "wrongful birth" case. The trial is masked as a malpractice suit but the underlying and obvious message is that the mother would not have given birth to her daughter if she had known of her disease within an appropriate amount of time. The story really kind of beats to death the idea that the mother loves her daughte ...more
Jenny
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I cannot believe that I did not review this book when I read it
It is by far my favourite of this authors books. It made me laugh a little... cry A LOT...and it made me think... This author is not shy to tackle difficult issues.. and that is what I love about her books.
Jennefer
May 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Mallory
Jun 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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Handle with Care

Jodi Picoult

Age rec- 14-30

FIVE STARS


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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Shruti Ramanujam
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on This is Lit - Book Blog.

I was shocked when I finished reading this book. I just sat there, staring off into space, reeling under the roller-coaster ride that was this book. And then I shook it off and rushed to my laptop to review it immediately. Books that have the capability to do this to you are the best kind.

Handle with Care is like most of Picoult’s other novels. There’s a child with a sickness, a lawsuit, and a moral question that will keep readers up at night. Willow
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Carol
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Joyce Peak
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Picoult is a master at writing about moral issues, and conflicting beliefs within those issues. She shows how somethings that appears to be right and true are not necessarily that simple. There are various shades of gray in our lives.

This is about a 4 person family. Life is all about their little girl named Willow, who has brittle bone disease. Did Mom's Dr, ( her best friend ) fail to tell her that this baby might not be normal? That the life of the entire family unit would need to struggl
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, 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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“It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. I knew what happened when you let yourself get close to someone, when you started to believe they loved you: you'd be disappointed. Depend on someone, and you might as well admit you're going to be crushed, because when you really needed them, they wouldn't be there. Either that, or you'd confide in them and you added to their problems. All you ever really had was yourself, and that sort of sucked if you were less than reliable.” 1814 likes
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