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Handle with Care: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
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Handle with Care: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Jodi Picoult

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    From the Seeds of Sadness by Gemma M. Geisman (sewcrazy427)
    sewcrazy427: This is the true story of the young mother who became the founder of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OI Foundation) that is referenced in the back of "Handle With Care". Gemma Geisman gave birth to a son with OI back in the early 1950's when very little was known about the disease. "From the Seeds of Sadness" tells of her struggles with a breakable baby and how she fought for help, information and a cure for this rare bone disease. The OI Foundation will be celebrating it's 40th anniversary in 2010. This is a book well worth reading. Keep your tissues handy!… (more)
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    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (birdsam0307, kraaivrouw)
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A very interesting premise, but sort of the same path of other books by this author. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
***SPOILERS***

I actually liked this one more than her other books (an exception being "My Sister's Keeper"). I found it, as another review said, "unputdownable." While every single character reads like a piece of paper, and followed Picoult's usual archetypes (the father with an anger problem, the two siblings: one healthy, one not, the lawyer with dating trouble) it still caught my attention. However, the ending absolutely spoiled the entire book. As far as I'm concerned, Willow's death served no purpose. It was placed down at the end of a perfectly reasonable "beach book" like an unwieldy stone. It only exists to jerk tears. There was absolutely no point to it, and with it, I lost respect for the author. Furthermore, I found that in various places in the book, characters acted oddly, especially Sean's rape of Charlotte. Amelia bounced from being a little kid who couldn't speak to police officers, to being a teen who could kiss a boy with all the confidence of a twenty-year-old. ( )
  CrayolaCrayon | Aug 7, 2015 |
Once again, a fragile child who comes to a bad end. I won't be reading Picoult again for a while. ( )
  Stembie3 | Jun 14, 2015 |
Osteogenesis imperfecta, wrongful birth lawsuit, marriage, siblings ( )
  booksweremyfirstlove | Jun 11, 2015 |
Great author! Have read all her books....

As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
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For Marjorie Rose,
Who makes flowers bloom onstage,
Provides me with goss half a world away,
And knows you're never fully dressed
without a green bag.
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When Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated – she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say in public that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she’d known about the disability in advance – words that her husband can’t abide, that Willow will hear, and that Charlotte cannot reconcile. And the ob/gyn she’s suing isn’t just her physician – it’s her best friend.
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Struggling to care for their daughter Willow, who was born with brittle bone disease, Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe add additional strain to their overburdened family life when they file a lawsuit against Charlotte's obstetrician.

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