Monday, May 15, 2017

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Willow has IO (osteogenesis imperfecta). Willow will never be a "normal" person. Her bones are fragile and something as simple as tossing in bed or bumping into a chair can break a bone. Her older sister Amelia is lost in the shuffle and she's screaming at the top of her lungs but no one can hear her. 

 A simple family vacation to Disney World ends up with Willow in a spica cast and her parents sitting the in the offices of an attorney. The attorney lets it be know that they might have a case against the OB because Willow's IO could have/should have been detected much earlier. 

Charlotte much to the dissatisfaction of her husband decides to sue the OB, who just happens to be her best friend. Charlotte will have to testify that had she knows in advance she would have aborted her daughter. This of course is not factual but bills are mounting and Willow will need more expensive care as she grows older.

Friendships, Marriages and relationships become broken as the "wrongful birth" suit plays out. 

The characters are interesting but my favorite is Amelia. I think she should have her own book! There is a lot of information to be learned from this book. Jodi Picoult has a way of getting you interested and introduced to various topics. 

I am very much of the fence of this novel. I didn't LOVE it but I didn't HATE it either -- but I did like the final twist at the end. The only word I can use to describe it is synchronicity.

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