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When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated - she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative story from the number-one New York Times best-selling author, "Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance" (Stephen King).

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, 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 had 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 is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Handle with Care

Another great story by Jodi Picoult! As an RN, I have once taken care of a young boy with OI and what a challenge this young boy was. However challenging, he was the sweetest boy and took after Mom, sweet and polite.
Thank you Jodi for writing a story about something that isn’t seen very often. Nice work Jodi and please do t stop writing. 😊

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this book broke my heart

the topic is tough making the book hard to get through but so worth it at the same time. this book broke my heart

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Beautiful story of a parent's love!

Couldn't wait to be able to listen to it every moment possible. Loved it! Very thought provoking!

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Captivating story told in an excellent way

The story of this book is captivating and moving, if not tragic. As always, Jodi Picoult combines a fascinating plot with learning something - in this case about the hardships of a family with an ill child and the stress it puts not just on the family, but also on friends and life. I loved everything about this book except for quoting recipes (hence only 4 stars overall), even though it made me sad and mad at times. The narration was fabulous.

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Reminds a lot My Sisters Keeper

Predictable for those who read my sisters keeper.
The plot and the end very similar .

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This story is awful. I couldn't get halfway through it. A husband raping his wife to teach her a lesson is disgusting. I didn't expect this context to be in this book. Very disappointed

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I didn’t care for reading the recipes

I enjoyed the overall story and it makes you think of what you might do in the same circumstances. But reading the recipes really annoyed me. I do realize that it usually tied into a point in the story but it was a distraction to me otherwise it was a good story and was performed well.

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Interesting

I was most interested in this book because I have something similar to osteogenesis imperfecta called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, but a better name would be fragile joint syndrome. I have problems with recurrent dislocations and severe arthritis starting in childhood and have required 13 surgeries in order to walk, stand, and use my hands. I have used a motorized scooter since medical school and after considerable time in physical therapy gyms, chose to specialize in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation.
I have no criticism for the protagonist in pursuing this court case. Having a child with a handicapping condition in the USA results in a life of poverty, often isolated, and it is typical for fathers to abandon the family. The huge problem is living in a medical system where profit is the motive and individuals become wealthy off the misfortunes of the ill. The government programs vary widely and even the program for the disabled does not cover broken teeth and other necessary care. Things are very different in other countries. I don't regret my life, nor my affected son's; but am now a political activist to make court cases like this one unnecessary.

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THE END!?

THE END!? THE END!? I go through all that heart break just to get my hopes up and then BAM my heart is broken again!!!

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Disappointed!

The main character was so condescending it made my skin crawl! This book was at least twice, if not three times longer than it needed to be and the ending was ridiculous!!
Can I have my hours back to listen to a good book? Usually like her books but this wasn’t one of them.

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