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Handle with Care [Paperback]

Jodi Picoult
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15 Sep 2009
Charlotte O'Keefe's beautiful, much-longed-for, adored daughter Willow is born with osteogenesis imperfecta - a very severe form of brittle bone disease. If she slips on a crisp packet she could break both her legs, and spend six months in a half body cast. After years of caring for Willow, her family faces financial disaster. Then Charlotte is offered a lifeline. She could sue her obsetrician for wrongful birth - for not having diagnosed Willow's condition early enough in the pregnancy to be able to abort the child. The payout could secure Willow's future. But to get it would mean Charlotte suing her best friend. And standing up in court to declare that she would have prefered that Willow had never been born...
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  • Paperback: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743296427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743296427
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.7 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,191,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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Praise for Jodi Picoult (:)

'Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. (Daily Mail)

Impossible to put down and stayed in my mind long after I had finished (Observer)

'Superb, many-stranded, and grimly topical' (The Times)

Picoult has an uncanny knack of dreaming up moral dilemmas that you cannot ignore: you must know the resolution . . . A challenging and clever read (Sunday Express)

Dark, serious books that explore family relationships and scary moral dilemmas involving religion, crime and politics (Heat) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How far would you go to take care of someone you love? The heartbreaking new bestseller from number one author Jodi Picoult --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handle with Care 10 Jan 2010
I really like Picoult because they're quite thought provoking books. However, the last few I've read, including this one, are all getting a bit similar. The stories all seem to follow the same basic structure and are becoming a little bit predictable. When I was reading Handle with Care, it did remind me far too much of My sisters Keeper. I also thought the ending of this book was a bit odd and I actually found myself annoyed by it!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Sister's Keeper revisited 22 Mar 2009
I am a great fan of Jodi Picoult, I've read 8 of her books - and therein lies the problem - she is starting to become very formulaic. Handle With Care is very reminiscent of My Sister's Keeper, with brittle bone disease in place of leukemia.

Willow (what a wonderful name!) is born with OI - Osteogenesis imperfecta. Before birth seven bones have broken and healed, by the time she's five, she's suffered over 50 breaks. Her whole life is centred around avoiding danger, where a small slip may result in a hospital visit. Her older sister, Amelia, loves her dearly but also feels very ostracised by the effects of the disease and the time her parents must spend with Willow.
Income is tight, Willow's Dad is a police officer and her Mum was once a pastry chef. The disease is financially crippling, for special wheelchairs, physiotherapy not covered by insurance etc. So when Charlotte discovers that she can sue her obstetrician (who also happens to be her best friend) for not informing her about Willow's condition with enough time to abort, she sees it as a solution to their financial problems; allowing Willow the necessary support and equipment that they are struggling to fund.
This causes all sorts of stresses within the family, interactions that are beautifully covered by the author. To my mind, this is where Jodi Picoult excells. She's also brilliant with the reality of living with disability and the effects it has on a family.

I didn't think the spasmodic recipies served much purpose, while obviously intended to have a double meaning, they seemed a bit unnecessary.

While I still admire Picoult's depiction of sibling interactions and parental heart searching, I am tiring of the ubiquitous court case and the story line is starting to feel very familiar. She is a wonderful writer but needs to find a fresh angle surprise us again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginning to get a bit the same 7 Mar 2010
I've read a lot of Ms Picoult's work and generally enjoy it - though it has been a bit hit and miss over the years.
I just found that I was reading a mash up of her other stories here really, particularly My sister's keeper. The characters were all very similar - with the well meaning but left out sister, sick kid, dad who seems like superman but is generally down trodden and over bearing mother. It's all a bit 'yeah been there, done that'.
It's generally okay, alright story, okay characters, interesting focus on a disease that's fairly rare. Worth a read if you're an avid Picoult fan - but otherwise I'd go for one of her other works such as Nineteen minutes (I've read it twice) or Perfect Match.

Also, the last chapter, particularly the last two-ish pages of this book were some of the most irritating I've read in a while.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars but don't read the last two pages . . . 9 Feb 2010
As always, brilliantly written and researched, full of fabulous characters who come alive. completely let down by the last two pages a completely unnecessary twist to an otherwise great book. My recommendation is to tear out the last two pages, put thim in an envelope and selotape them to the inside cover. If you want an alternative ending when you get to the end the go ahead, break the envelope open. Otherwise, leave it at that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by how it ends 2 Aug 2009
Big fan of Jodi but this book is quite similar to a couple of her previous ones. It was worth the read but I feel that the ending really let it down and made the whole story pointless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This has many of the hallmarks of a Jodi Picoult book. The plot hangs around a moral dilemma that becomes a court room drama, as several of her previous novels. In this story, the issue under consideration is the idea of "wrongful" birth. Charlotte's daughter, Willow was born with brittle bones and the case centres around whether Piper, her best friend and obstetrician should have diagnosed the condition early enough in her pregnancy to allow Charlotte to make the choice to have an abortion. Charlotte is motivated to bring the case to allow the family to meet their spiralling costs associated with looking after a special needs child, but the ensuing drama risks tearing the entire family apart.
This was an interesting and thought-provoking read which raises with some well-drawn although not altogether pleasant characters. They are ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances and the pressure shows. If you have enjoyed other JP books, you will probably enjoy this one. I haven't read one of her books for a while, which is probably why I liked this as they are a bit "samey" particularly if you read them one after another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 Jan 2010
Like others who have written reviews I am a big Jodi Picoult fan and for the first time I have to say I was disappointed in one of her books. Repetition of formula and topic and plan and I found it hard to get going. The recipes were superfluous and distracting.

Because it was Jodi Picoult I persevered and the story got better but I found myself skipping lines.

Come on Jodi you are a great writer and I know I'll love another of your books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but formulaic
I enjoyed the book but it wasn't thrilling due to the predictable nature of it. It was a time filler.
Published 2 months ago by Jennie Scrimshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but pointless ending.
I always like Jodi Picoult's books but have to brace myself for the onslaught of emotion and the possibility for public crying. Read more
Published 2 months ago by blueclaire451
2.0 out of 5 stars Gruelling read
Do I like Jodi Picoult as an author? Yes. Did I enjoy/rate this book? No.
Tragic tale, of humanity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Amanda J. Rolleston
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling reading
As usual a fantastic compelling book from Jodi Picoult. Gripping from start to finish. Very hard to put this book down.
Published 3 months ago by janet pickard
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good informative read with good story line
Ending was a bit quick really. I really enjoyed the book and it gave good background and twists. Came to an end in a matter of 2 or 3 pages ...
Published 4 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Splendid reading I always enjoy reading Jodi luckily I find myself in the story it becomes part of me wonderful
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. F. Hainsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Jodi
A very good story line, and up to her usual standard, yet again I commend her for this book, no more to say.
Published 6 months ago by P. A. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
stories by this author are quite dark and intense and can be difficult to read writing not to my taste
Published 6 months ago by cleopatra
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good one from Jodi Picoult
Whilst this is very similar to 'My Sister's Keeper' this boook is quite moving. I am currently still in the middle of reading this and I keep wondering jeez whats going to happen... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simply Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars a great pull from all sides
such an outstanding author! love the way she captivates every persons feelings, tearing your heart between both sides. Read more
Published 6 months ago by NicoleeChelseaa
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