Handle with Care

Handle with Care

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By (author) Jodi Picoult

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 38mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340979038
  • ISBN 13: 9780340979037
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 7,428

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Charlotte O'Keefe's beautiful, much-longed-for, adored daughter Willow is born with osteogenesis imperfecta - a very severe form of brittle bone disease. If she slips on a crisp packet she could break both her legs, and spend six months in a half body cast. After years of caring for Willow, her family faces financial disaster. Then Charlotte is offered a lifeline. She could sue her obstetrician for wrongful birth - for not having diagnosed Willow's condition early enough in the pregnancy to be able to abort the child. The payout could secure Willow's future. But to get it would mean Charlotte suing her best friend. And standing up in court to declare that she would have prefered that Willow had never been born ...

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Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include Keeping Faith, The Pact, and Mercy. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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By Lia 20 Sep 2012 5

The title "Handle with Care" is perfect for the story. When you've got a carton, in which are glasses for red-wine, there'll be written "Handle with Care", because the glass might break. Willow's bones are like the glass - fragile.

On the Cover you can see a girl with pink socks and blue clothes. You can see snow and her skates.
This girl will be Amelia, Willow's sister. There are some more covers, but I do think this is best one.

But not only Willow's bones break. Her mother Charlotte can't stand it anymore, when she goes to a lawyer, she loses her best friend Piper - who was her gynacologist. Her father Sean can't find in Charlotte the women he married - their Marriage breaks, too. And Amelia, Willow's sister, breaks too. She gets into a eating disorder (bulimic) and she starts to cut herself (self destruction).. It's always her sister, who gets attention.
The lawyer Marian just does it, because she's searching for her birth mother - she was adopted.

Like all Jodi Picoult books is this book written in different narrators. Marian, Charlotte, Sean, Amelia and Piper are the narrators. Willow isn't a narrator in the real story, the epilogue is written in her narrator. I adore Jodi Picoult, because her writing style is very interesting.

I really liked the story, Ostrogenis Imperfecta (OI, Willow has type III) is very interesting and I would recommend you to read it as well.

Quote: " People always want to know how it feels like, so I'll tell you: there's a sting, when you first slice, and then your heart speeds up when you see the blood, because you know you've done something you shouldn't have, and yet you've gotten away with it. Then you sort of go into a trance, because it's truly dazzling - that bright red line, like a highway route on a map you want to follow to see where it leads. And - God - the sweet release, that's the best way I can describe it, kind of like a balloon that's tried to a little kind's hand, which somehow breaks free and floats into the sky. You just know that balloon is thinking, Ha, I don't belong to you after all; at the same time, Do they have any idea how beautiful the view is from here ?And then the balloon remembers, after the fact, that it has a wicked fear of hights." - Page 431

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Enthralling family drama ... seasoned with medicine, law and love Woman & Home Picoult's pitch and pace are masterly and hardly conducive to a good night's sleep Financial Times Praise for Jodi Picoult : Impossible to put down and stayed in my mind long after I had finished Observer Superb, many-stranded, and grimly topical The Times Picoult has an uncanny knack of dreaming up moral dilemmas that you cannot ignore... A challenging and clever read Sunday Express Dark, serious books that explore family relationships and scary moral dilemmas involving religion, crime and politics Heat