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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 427 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.
daedelys avatar reviewed Handle with Care on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
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.
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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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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 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..