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My Sister's Keeper revisited,
This review is from: Handle with Care (Hardcover)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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Initial post: 28 May 2009 11:17:56 BDT
Ms. Y. M. Grant says:
Having OI myself I found the book interesting, to some of my friends who have OI they thought that it was a bit near to the "bone" for comfort, the suing of the doctor , in which they won 8 Million Dollars and the sad ending. Read it for yourself its worth the anguish/the enjoyment/and anything else that describes the book
Posted on 1 Jul 2009 21:45:12 BDT
kermit 333 says:
PLEASE don't reveal the plot - so annoying!!!!! some of us are still reading it and yours is the third review of this book that gives away part of the plot gggrrrr!!!
Posted on 1 Sep 2009 13:54:47 BDT
Mrs. Diane Sandison says:
I agree that reading the same author does begin to show flaws in the writting-I had the same experiance with Anita Shreve & Joanna Trollope. I also wonder sometimes if the author is not taking advantage of her loyal readers by reproducing stories as they know we have enjoyed previous work & will buy new books of theirs automatically. It is so hard though to find a new worthwhile author isn't it!
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Posted on 21 Nov 2009 17:56:06 GMT
E. Ypsilanti says:
I disagree with you when you say the recipes were unnecessary. I found them very interesting. While they added to Charlotte's passion for cooking they also looked into Charlotte and Willow's relationship. Yet, i must agree with you on the fact that Jodi Picoult seems to have reproduced the my sister's keeper plot. Nevertheless, she is an amazing author and Handle with Care along with Change of Heart and My Sister's Keeper were my favourite books.
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