The “formula” that Jodi Picoult works into her novels is to take controversial subject and present both sides in a way that is equally sympathetic. Picoult has become a master at this and Handle With Care continues in that vein.
The narrative centers around five year old Willow O’Keefe, a young girl born with brittle bone disease, also known as osteogenesis imperfecta. Her parents, Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe adore their bright and charming little girl, but life with a severely disabled child is one of severe hardships. When a lawyer tells Charlotte that she had a good chance to win a wrongful birth lawsuit, Charlotte decides that she need to proceed with the case because the award would help make Willow’s life better. What she failed to realize, however, was the negative effects it would have on her family and friends.
If you’ve read and liked Picoult books before, you won’t be disappointed with this one.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009