"Things break all the time.
Day breaks, waves break, voices break.
Ask any expectant parent if they want a perfect baby.
They'll reply that they just want a healthy one.
If you were to ask Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe they would say the same thing.
But they weren't given that choice.
Sleepless night. Mounting bills. Pitying stares of the "luckier parents". And worst of all, the "what-if" thoughts, is what they have.
But to them, it's all worth it though, because Willow is perfect.
Smart. Beautiful. Kind. Brave.
For a five-year-old, Willow has a deep source of wisdom.
She is the same in sickness and in health.
A series of events soon occur, forcing Charlotte and Sean to ask the worst what-if questions of all.
What if they would have known of Willow disease before?
What if everything could have been different?
What if Willow, had never been born?
These questions are always in Charlotte's mind now, along with one more.
What makes one life valuable, and another one not?
Jodi Picoult has a very unique way of telling a story. She puts in so much emotion; anger, sadness, pain, sorrow, joy, hope, happiness. The thing that allows Jodi Picoult to do this, is that fact that she doesn't just choose some random topic, she picks on that's going on in the society around us, one that has so many different sides and angles to it. Handle With Care has a very different, but none the less provocative topic, can we as human beings decide who has the right to live and who doesn't? Not just after then grow and learn, but before they are even born, just a fetus in the womb. With this book, Jodi Picoult asks everyone this question, and in turn she gets many different answers, many different views. She pits husband against wife, friend against friend, mother against daughter, and so on. Everyone has a different opinion, everyone wants to be right, everyone just wants to protect the one person they love, Willow. Handle With Care will make you laugh and cry from the very beginning, like any of Jodi Picoult's amazing books. But this one has an ending no one can really ever be ready for.