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Things break all the time.
Day breaks, waves break, voices break.
Promises break.
Hearts break.

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.

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Handle with Care
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4.3 / 5
Good book bad end
October 31st, 2015
I didn't like the end of the book, too sad. The characters were well defined, marin was my favourite. OI Has been described very well. Good book.
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1 person found this helpful
Easy read.
July 8th, 2015
Learned a lot about OI. I had never heard of this desease. Not sure if I would ever sue someone especially my best friend. She ended up with no friends at all. Not sure if it was worth it.
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Excellent read
June 13th, 2015
I thought the book was written with love and devotion. The powerful story draws you in and you are instantly drawn to a mother's fierce loyalty. Her friendship, her daughters, her husband, are all subjected to the journey she has chosen. This was an amazing story.
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Handle with care
June 2nd, 2015
Very informative. I could not put the bookb down. Wanted to know how the book finished and did not expect the ending, very suspenseful from beginning to end.
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Great Read!
April 4th, 2015
Jodi Picoult has an amazing ability, a gift really, to describe the emotions, feelings, doubts, and self-talk of people in various circumstances that you hope you will never have to face personally. One can hardly say it was an enJOYable read but it was one I would not have wanted to miss. It helps one to realize that it is always wise to realize that There is more than one way to look at every circumstance and more than one price to pay for difficult choices. And sometimes our toughest choices end up being for nought. Thank you, Jodi, for teaching us.
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Handle with care!!
March 24th, 2015
Loved this book. Everything this whole family had to deal with was heartbreaking. Poor Willow! Terrible disability. The ending brought tears to my eyes. Kudos to Jodi for making me feel I knew this family.
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Tragic and soulful
February 17th, 2015
This is an incredibly well written novel - it is beautiful and fragile. It truly makes one question faith in humanity and friendships. I loved every minute if it.
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Handle with care.
March 7th, 2014
Hate the ending. Why would Willow need to die...
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
Emotionally Wrecking
July 26th, 2013
This book was tragic and well written. There is foreshadowing throughout the book. It makes you question your morals and what your really believe. It makes you mad, sad, happy and many other emotions. This book is not a happy book however, so do not read if you are sensitive.
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