Monday, June 14, 2010

Handle With Care: Review

Handle With Care
by Jodi Picoult

Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe's daughter, Willow, was born with brittle bone disease, a condition that requires Charlotte to act as full-time caregiver and has strained their emotional and financial limits. Willow's teenaged half-sister, Amelia, suffers as well, overshadowed by Willow's needs and lost in her own adolescent turmoil. When Charlotte decides to sue for wrongful birth in order to obtain a settlement to ensure Willow's future, the already strained family begins to implode. Not only is the defendant Charlotte's longtime friend, but the case requires Charlotte and Sean to claim that had they known of Willow's condition, they would have terminated the pregnancy, a statement that strikes at the core of their faith and family. Picoult individualizes the alternating voices of the narrators more believably than she has previously, and weaves in subplots to underscore the themes of hope, regret, identity and family, leading up to her signature closing twists.

Like most her books Jodi Picoult gives you a most unique plot with a controversial dilemma. I again could not put this book down and fell in love with the characters. You couldn't help but love Willow. Picoult made you think at what point would you stop fighting for your child and everything they deserved even if you were lying to do it. She had her usual twist at the end, but I was wanting more as soon as I was done. I feel that she did not tie up all the loose ends, which is usually seen in most of her books.

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