4.01.2009

Book Review: Handle With Care

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

It's no secret that Picoult is one of my favorite authors, so I was first in line to check out her newest title, Handle With Care.

Reminiscent of my favorite Picoult novel, My Sister's Keeper, at the center of this new title is a medical crisis, and how it affects all the family members who orbit around it. Willow was born with brittle bone disease, and the lives of her mother Charlotte, father Sean and sister Amelia revolve solely around keeping Willow safe and well, which has strained their finances, their relationships, and their very emotions.

In order to try and recoup some money to pay for Willow's care, they decide to embark on a legal trial, blaming the OB/GYN for not telling them of Willow's condition in utero, giving them a chance to abort the baby. In order to do this, though, they must admit that a) they wouldn't have wanted Willow and b) that the OB doctor is Charlotte's best friend.

This of course sets up an emotionally wrenching story, complete with a trial, lots of medical drama, and the disintegration of a family. As always, Picoult's writing is pitch perfect, and I found myself engrossed long past my bedtime by the story until I was finished - especially since Picoult is notorious for having a "twist" at the end.

This is another fantastic addition to the Picoult canon, and comes highly recommended from me!

No comments: