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 » 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?« less
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This was another good book by this author, although I don't feel it was as well-done as previous ones I had read by her. The ending was too predictable and there seems to be a definite pattern in the writer's style.
However, I do really appreciate how there is a change of fonts whenever we read from the point-of-view of a different character. It breaks up chapters better so the story doesn't just melt into one big blob.
I also thought the recipes were an interesting touch. To me, they represented something lost by Charlotte in what she had to give up in order to care for her disabled daughter. But, I suppose the recipes also represent that even though a lot of hard work may go into something so wonderful, it cannot last forever.
Of course, regardless of how yummy the recipes sounded, I couldn't stand Charlotte's character. She was manipulative, greedy and a hypocrite. I couldn't help but feel, a lot of times, that when she was saying she only wanted the best for her daughter, she really meant that she wanted things to be easier for her.
On a light note, there was a laugh-out-loud moment in this book when one of the characters was dumped via Facebook. I have just recently started participating in the site, so luckily I had a visual of what was going on.
Overall, I did find the book a good read and will continue to read more by this author. I always look forward to seeing what she will open up our eyes with next.
I think Jodi has to slow down and take a bit more time with her stories, they are starting to get a bit too similar. This book has a similar theme as ,My sisters keeper, in many ways and that was a wonderful book. This book has some great character development and a thought provoking concept. It was still a good book, but if you have read the one I just mentioned you will see what I mean.
This story is very intriguing and I was very enthralled at first. The story line is very descriptive, with several not-so-clean scenes.It paints a vivid picture of a not-so-happy home life too. I was very shocked by the ending; so much so that I was angry that I had wasted my time reading it. It left you with a very unfinished-incomplete feeling and left you wondering what the point was. I would NOT reccomend this book!
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 obgyn..is 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..