26 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult


I read this a few weeks ago and I’ve still forgiven the author. This is such a wonderful book. It brought me in, there was even some deeper character development (which I don’t see of in a lot of Picoult books, frankly – still love her books, don’t get me wrong), I cared about the characters, I cared about the issue… and then there was the last chapter.

… the last chapter completely ticked me off. I was so angry at how she chose to end this book. I don’t want to give anything away, so won’t say much more, but I didn’t even throw it or say anything, I just closed the book and walked away steaming mad.

Yes, I know that probably makes me crazy (well, duh!)… so I don’t know if I should recommend this book or not. It’s a hard one for me. The rest of the book is absolutely wonderful… I would say just not to read the last chapter, but I know you would… it’s a hard one… so, there you have it. My confused review 🙂


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 stares of “luckier” parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it’s all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She’s smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.

Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow’s illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she’s become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.


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