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Handle with Care
Handle with Care
Author: Jodi Picoult
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743296427
ISBN-10: 0743296427
Publication Date: 11/3/2009
Pages: 496
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 432 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Lazeeladee avatar reviewed Handle with Care on + 87 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 24
Jodi Picoult is a very talented writer. She has this wonderful ability to make you see all sides of an issue, and to reach deep inside your self to drag out feelings you sometimes didn't even know you had. I have loved most of her books, as has my daughter. However, we both are getting tired of two things that the majority of her books have in common, especially lately.

The first drawback is that they are SO depressing for the most part. The second thing is that, especially in the last two we've read, we have little to no sympathy for the mother. In fact she is quite despicable! While that's an important and sometimes integral character development in some stories, it just seemed wasteful and unnecessary here. I feel Ms. Picoult could have shown the thoughts and feelings the mother was having without making her readers almost hate the woman.

I was almost at the end of the book, thinking that it looked as if we finally might at the very least get a decent ending out of the whole thing. I'm sorry to say, it was not to be.

I have read every single one of her books, but this reader has had enough! Unless I find out from others that this trend has changed for the better, I'll be skipping over the rest of her books.
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Helpful Score: 13
I typically love Jodi Picoult's work, but this was not one of my favorites. Normally, I can hardly put her books down--this was not one of those books. It was not bad... just not one of my favorites. The whole thing is one big "Debbie Downer" story, and then the end... good grief! I'm all about tough situations, building on the characters.... the things she is known for writing about.... but there was never a moment of relief in this one. Like other reviewers, I was also not a fan of the style this one was written in (as if everyone was speaking directly to Willow). I have another Picoult book waiting to be read, but I think I'm going to explore something along the lines of "Confessions of a Shopaholic" first. I need to laugh a little before I tackle another one of her books!
bellasgranny avatar reviewed Handle with Care on + 468 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
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 debilitating illness does to the family, friendships and free time. We all know how much it costs the family physically, emotionally and financially. The endless storytelling about the fractures that Willow sustains and how they have to care for her was boring and too much. Once the family went ahead with the lawsuit, I knew how it would end. Charlotte's character is flawed and unsympathetic - I didn't care for her. Midway through the book I didn't care enough to finish it and skipped to the end. Contrived and very disappointing. I will not spend any more money on Ms. Picoult's books in the future.
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Helpful Score: 6
Having never read any of this author's work before I was very disappointed in this book. It was so depressing and seemed to show the dark side of a family. Where was the love? I found the mother unlikeable. I couldn't believe what she was willing to do to her family. Those poor children! And her husband! The end did not surprise me. A happy ending would have been out of place with the entire story. I bought this book to read on my Kindle and because the adoption story was taken from a woman in an adoption group I belong to. Thank God I didn't pay full price for this!
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Helpful Score: 5
As with all her other books, I absolutely loved this one! The story is so compelling, as again, she presents two sides of an issue of which you, the reader, may find yourself going back and forth on. It is not only about an illness that is debilitating to the child, the family, and friends, but also about moral and loyalty issues that are crossed. I could not put this down. As with many of her other stories, I sat on my seat wondering how it would end and which issue would win out. This one has a surprising twist to the story though at the conclusion.

One note though: as with many of her other novels, Jodi tends to place things (comics, poems, and in this book, recipes) in between some of the chapters. I find them distracting and tend to skip over them. The final detail of this story is in the last recipe so it will be important to the plot that it is read.
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tiffwitch69 avatar reviewed Handle with Care on + 64 more book reviews
** spoiler alert ** Such a sad and confusing book. To let a friendship and a career die because of something that could have never been changed. And the ending I truly never saw that coming.
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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 a chance. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of luckier prarents, and maybe worst of all, the wht-ifs. Emotionally riveting and profoundy 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.
24speedracer avatar reviewed Handle with Care on + 42 more book reviews
I love the way she you get so caught up in the story and characters. However, like most of her books, I was disappointed in the ending. But, the story is a great ride.
newmindnewlife avatar reviewed Handle with Care on + 6 more book reviews
Such a great story. Shocking ending, complex characters, and moving plot. Cried and laughed the whole way. This book compelled me to read other Picoult books.
finallyhome avatar reviewed Handle with Care on
I did enjoy this book. I could have done without all the recipes mingled in with the story.
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What constitutes a valuable life...this is the question charlotte and sean O'keefe had to ask if their beloved willow had never been born...were they given the choice earlier enough in the pregancy to make the choice,when your best friend was the she responsible for not making your choice clear...what would you do? this is a very interesting book, as is all of Jodi Picoult's book are..
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I recommend this book to everyone. It was so good that I could not put it down until I was finished. At times it made me mad, it made me cry, and it made me laugh. One of the best books I have ever read!