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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52,218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Cassandra Morris, Celeste Ciulla, Alma Cuervo, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, Charlotte Perry, A Full Cast Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781508235897
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When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated—she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, “Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance” (Stephen King).

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, 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 had 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 is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beatriz | 2/20/2014

    " Excruciating ending... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/18/2014

    " Love the ethical issues brought up in this book. Left me doing some serious thinking. Like the way the book comes full circle with some things break. Very symbolic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anushuka Rathour | 2/18/2014

    " Love the details considering its fiction! Keeps you glued but the plot is really predictable after a point. Not a total waste. Will keep ya hooked till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/16/2014

    " Wow! Very intense reading. Reading this makes you appreciate good health, family, friends, and to cherish what you do have--and if things aren't the best, to find the good in what you have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/11/2014

    " Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult was an outstanding book for me. It was very sad and also made me realize that I shouldn't take life for granted. It is about a little girl with a disease where she breaks bones very easily. Even if she sneezes, she is still able to break or fracture a bone. It is costing so much money for the family that the little girl's mother decides to issue a lawsuit of wrongful birth. This means that she wishes her daughter would've never been born. It also includes suing her best friend. This makes the family go through many struggles. Read this book to find out if the mother wins the case and who she all brings down with her. Find out how the daughter feels about finding out her mother wishes she was never born. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorilee | 2/4/2014

    " so sad:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/17/2014

    " I LOVED this book but, what else is new - it's Jodi Picoult! I was soooo not expecting the ending, though. Still, one of my favorites by her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jin | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, and I cried like maniac throughout the whole novel. This is definitely one of, if not the most, tragic novels Jodi Picoult has EVER written. From the relations to the characters everything screams angst and tragedy. I have a family very much like Charlotte's. A father, a mother and two daughters, with the younger daughter taking up a lot of the parents' time and the older one feeling neglected. I was the older sister. I've also past dealt with poor self esteem issues and anorexia. This is why I feel like I relate very well with Amelia. This also made me hate Charlotte with a burning passion because she is a horrible mother and a horrible person to Amelia, I don't care if you argue with me but honestly that's just how it is. She is horrible and ignorant towards Amelia and even Sean cares more than she does. However, that doesn't prevent me from giving this book five stars because I did love it a lot. Like always Picoult's writing is flawless and the fun facts Willow kept spouting were really cute. Especially the one about people being harmed by toilets. The ending though, complete and utter tearjerker. In a sense, it reminded me a bit of My Sister's Keeper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci Christensen | 1/14/2014

    " I was more interested in it then I thought I would be. The end was a complete surprise!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/3/2014

    " Such a sad book!! I loved it every step of the way. :) This is my favorite book by Jodi Picoult "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geenalyn | 12/25/2013

    " Loved this book, the ending took me by surprise..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/21/2013

    " This book took me awhile to finish it was good just not an attention grabber. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 11/18/2013

    " This was a very powerful book. It deals with sensitive subjects and I think the author handled them very well. However, I am not a fan of the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 11/18/2013

    " I was so disappointed in the ending of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Stepp | 11/14/2013

    " A good read but DEPRESSING!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Berven | 11/11/2013

    " Excellent, heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stace | 11/1/2013

    " A little predictable....hated the ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 10/3/2013

    " Hated the characters, loved the plot. Combine My Sister's Keeper's characters with this book's plot, and it would all be perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettycindy | 4/29/2013

    " Liked the book. Hated the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani Young | 2/18/2013

    " Another classic Picoult. Guaranteed to always learn something new about a topic you never knew anything about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Massuma | 10/30/2012

    " Very well researched and although i had a hard time understanding some of the characters behaviour, it was still a very detailed book into the characters and the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 9/4/2012

    " I loved this book until the very end. The ending ruined the whole entire book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Küntz | 8/24/2012

    " It seems this type of thing is starting to show up more in the courts...very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/11/2012

    " This was a very interesting, thought-provoking book, with a lot of ethical issues. This is the first Jodi Picoult book I have read, and overall I enjoyed it, but I do agree with other comments that I don't know why it had to end the way it did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor Bratten | 4/6/2012

    " Handle With Care was intense and always kept me interested. Jodi's books discuss controversial topics that involve law, medicine, and love. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abi | 3/23/2012

    " Amazing plot but the ending... Speaks for itself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kretsch | 3/20/2012

    " Can't imagine a life so difficult! My heart was wrenched differently for each character! Very interesting subject matter! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Pfeiffer | 10/19/2011

    " Great book..I have a disabled daughter..like all of her books..gives you alot to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Schweikarth | 9/10/2011

    " I liked the book all the way up to end! I felt the whole ending was ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Musellaaa | 7/6/2011

    " Una storia davvero commovente... da far venire la pelle d'oca! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/9/2011

    " This one really made me stop and think. Written so well and brought out so many good points and arguments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 5/23/2011

    " Audio -- OI kid with ditsy parents and the wrongful birth suit is just ammunition fro pro lifers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/20/2011

    " The courtroom stuff was more tolerable than other Picoult books I've read, but the ending was terrible. It held my attention even while I had many distractions and I looked forward to reading it each night so I gave it a 4, but I should have marked it down to a 2 for the ending alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/18/2011

    " I am currently reading this book and I am very interested in the story of this little girl and her family. I relate well to the little girl having many difficult health problems myself, so it is a page-turner so far for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 5/17/2011

    " Loved this book. Never suspected the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " This was really well written (as all Picoult's books are) but I had a really hard time reading about the disintegration of a family without becoming emotionally involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting topic.

    Somewhat similar to my sister's keeper in a way.

    Disliked the ending intensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/15/2011

    " Loved the book and the topic. Again something that many people don't know much about. However I HATED the ending of this book. It was so tragic and unfair! It definitely catches you by surprise. I had to read it a few times over to really get what happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dotti | 5/14/2011

    " I am fairly new to Jodie Picoult novels. I very much liked House Rules. But I just finished Handle with Care, and I feel so let down. I struggled to like most of the characters through the whole book, and the ending was very dissatisfactory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/14/2011

    " Very good...but for Gods sake Jodi Picoult...do you always have to be so depressing? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maury | 5/14/2011

    " Pretty good. As in all Jodi Picoult books, it was pretty unrealistic, but interesting and thought-provoking. Again brought up a HUGE ethical dilemma and the repercussions of the decisions made by one person. I listened to it and it got me through a 10-hour round-trip to South Carolina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 5/13/2011

    " I am wondering if she'll ever write a book with a happy ending..If you like her other books, this is sure to please, although I had a hard time finding any likable qualities in the adults, which is probably the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karenshaff | 5/13/2011

    " Another good book by Jodi Picoult. She really captures the characters, the family dynamic, the issues faced in a family with a serious illness to deal with. Lots of love and lots of difficult decisions. Couldnt put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah | 5/13/2011

    " Fantastic writing. Didn't care for the end much, but beautiful as always! "

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