Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
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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.
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers 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. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published February 20, 2009 by Atria Books. 497 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Sean is appalled by the implications of the lawsuit: that Willow should never have been born, and that Charlotte, if properly cautioned, would have contemplated abortion.

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Book Reporter

How can you say, on the one hand, that the child should not have been born, yet try to reassure the child that you love her fiercely?

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The Washington Post

The action of "Handle With Care" begins when Willow's mother, Charlotte, decides to bring a suit against her own best friend, the obstetrician who took care of her during the pregnancy.

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20Something Reads

How can you say, on the one hand, that the child should not have been born, yet try to reassure the child that you love her fiercely?

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About.com Bestsellers

This is a page turner that will appeal to book clubs.Pros'Handle with Care' is a page turner.Picoult develops the characters well.'Handle with Care' raises lots of talking points for book clubs.Cons'Handle with Care' is depressing.The scenario is extreme -- not entirely believable.Description'Han...

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: New Hampshire residents Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe hope for what all parents want—a healthy baby.

Mar 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Handle with Care: A Novel

Curious Book Fans

I did enjoy the book even though some of the story lines were quite challenging and by the end I was quite emotionally wrung out – isn’t that what makes a great book though and one of the reasons that we want to read?

Nov 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Handle with Care: A Novel

Open Salon

Handle with care was a hard book, you have a sick child, which in itself is stressful reading, a suffering teenage daughter and a woman who shows a lot of cowardice when it comes to her relationships.

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The Internet Review of Books

... Mussels' eyes, broken bones, and karma. HANDLE WITH CARE By Jodi Picoult 496 pp. Atria $27.95. Reviewed by Dawn Kingsbury Attean

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An interesting novel following a family dealing with a child with brittle bone syndrome. The child with the condition is 6-year old Willow O'Keefe, who is otherwise ...

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Tea Mouse Book Reviews

Overall, it was an alright book, but it was very similar to some of Picoult’s other books, and although the book had a twist, it was pretty easy to see if you’d read many of Picoult’s other books.

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