Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Handle with Care

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 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?
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, 
Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it. (source)

My Review: This was a fantastic book. Truth be told I've only read one another Jodi Picoult novel ( My Sister's Keeper) and also thought it was extremely well written. This really captures a families emotional journey trying to make what they believe are the correct decisions for their daughter. How many people have ever been in a difficult situation like this where they think they're making the right choice only to realize... it wasn't? A powerful novel that must be picked up at your local library right now! 


  1. Oh I really enjoy her books but I haven't read this one! I'll have to check it out.
    Thanks for the review!

  2. I love listening to her books on tape! I'll have to make a trip to the library soon!

  3. One of my favorite books, Jodi Picoult is my favorite author! You should definitely check out the rest of her books, "The Pact" is the 1st book that I read of hers and have been hooked ever since!