Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
Imagine wanting to have a baby so badly, and when you finally conceive a child you are beyond thrilled.
Imagine your heartbreak when you find out that this baby has a life threatening disease that, if she survives the delivery, will cause her bones to break with the lightest touch. You, as a mom, spend your life waiting...waiting for the next broken bone and trip to the emergency room.
If you had the option, would you consider aborting the child that you love so dearly if you knew what life would be like?
This is the story of the O'Keefe family and how one decision to file a wrongful birth lawsuit can change the lives of so many.
What I Thought:
Jodi Picoult writes novels that I simply find captivating, and this book is no different. I read this book in three days while on a recent cruise vacation and would bypass fun cruise-ish events to sit in my room (or on the deck) and read!
She creates such intricate stories with such delicate precision. Several characters voice their story allowing the reader to understand the story from several different angles. There are several underlying issues besides the main plot line, such as relationship troubles, eating disorder/cutting, and the journey to repair broken roads. Add in the court battle, the medical issues and this is a story you won't be able to put down.
If you're a fan of Picoult, you won't be disappointed by this work, and if you've never picked up one of her books...this one is a great one to start with!
Very Highly Recommended.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult.