2018 Mar 30
To save your daughter you must tell the world she’d never been born. What would you do?
Willow O’Keefe had seven broken bones before she took her first breath. Now her life is lived on a knife-edge. Born with brittle bone disease, she will never learn to skate like her sister. Even walking can be dangerous: one wrong step and she is back in a cast.
The medical bills are crippling her family. So when a lawyer tells Charlotte, her mother, that they might have to consider a case to sue for wrongful birth, she feels bound to consider it.
Except that winning would mean losing her best friend- and telling the world she wishes her much-longed-for, adored daughter had never been born…
Handle with Care is quite the sad story, so if you are someone who doesn’t mind reading a tear jerking novel every once in a while, with a touch of confusion and anger here and there, this is the book for you!
Similar to Picoult’s many other novels, the book includes legal and medical elements. It provides somewhat of an insight into the life of a family with a child riddled with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (or brittle bone disease). Picoult rouses empathy towards the struggling family, making you feel the fear Willow’s parents would feel: fear of their child literally breaking at any given moment. Along with portraying a life of not-so-common struggle, the story also highlights how diseases like these can be financially crippling to one. It also portrays the important and difficult choices in life one may be forced to face.
As the narrative progresses, be sure to prepare for a roller coaster ride of emotions and a plot twist you may not have seen coming!