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Subject: Picoult's Handle With Care
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:12 PM ET
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        I have really enjoyed most of her books, but I haven't read any of this one in 10 days because of my dislike for Charlotte.  Please tell me I will grow to like her or at least understand her more (she just left the conference). Rarely do I abandon a book that I purchased, but unless I hear something good from one of you that has finished it...............

 

                                                       Kathy

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:33 PM ET
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Feel free to post it to me!     Sorry Kathy - I haven't read the book but am anxious to do so.   I hope it gets better for you.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 11:00 PM ET
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I haven't read it either.  I also hope it gets better for you.  Some of her books are like that, though.  I hate The Tenth Circle.  It was so unreal to me.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 5:54 PM ET
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Is this her newest one? If so, and I've not read it - I hear that the ending is disappointing.  So, if you aren't loving it now, I'd probably give up on it.

But, that advice is far easier for me to give than take. :)

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 6:41 PM ET
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I read it.  I thought it was good, but not one of her best.  It's hard to get past the dislike you feel for Charlotte.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I borrowed it from the library, and had trouble putting the book down.  Yes, I think it is difficult to feel sympathy for Charlotte.  The impact on the other members of the family is what held my interest, and assuming that Picoult was mainly using Charlotte to make a point.  Bottom line for me was that Charlotte was sacrificing her integrity and much more by what she was doing. I felt I did learn more about this issue by reading the book.  I liked the contrast with the lawyer who was adopted.  Picoult's best book so far to me was "Change of Heart."

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 7:48 PM ET
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I disliked Charlotte also and got bored at some parts of the book.  However, it was interesting enough to me, especially learning about this disease, to finish the book.  I've only pulled the bookmark on one of Piccoult's books.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 8:51 PM ET
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Not her best, but I still liked it enough to finish it.  I also disliked Charlotte.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 11:53 PM ET
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I'm curious Kathy - did you finish the book and did you learn to like it?

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 10:05 PM ET
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     I did at least read another chapter, so I am progressing but I still hate Charlotte and think she is a selfish B***h.  And when my company leaves, I will finish it so I can post it.

                          Kathy

 

 

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I didn't particularly care for her either but I thought the book was an overall good read but I agree that the ending ws not very good.  I won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Hi Kathy

I read "Handle With Care" last month....the first book I have read by this author and probably the last. Because of certain areas in my life, I thought I could really get into the book. Nope. I did finish it though and although I'm totally fine with a book not having a fairy-tale ending....I did think the ending was rushed, didnt give you enough time to grasp it. To each her own though ;)



Last Edited on: 4/15/09 4:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 1:23 AM ET
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I finished this book today and am so glad I read it in spite of all the negative remarks on PBS about it.   I thought it was one of her best.   I felt that Picout, as usual, gave us a lot to think about during the story and at the ending.  While the ending was unexpected, I thought it fit.  I felt sympathy for all members of that family.   I find her books show the humaness of each character - good and bad - nice and ugly.   And that's the way I find most people I know.   One of the things I look forward to with Jodi Picoult's books is that you can seldom guess how it will end.