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Friday, August 6, 2010

"Handle With Care"

When I heard Jodi Picoult wrote a book about a little girl who has Osteogenisis Imperfecta (OI), I knew I had to read it. I bought Handle With Care when I was pregnant with Lincoln. For one reason or another, I didn't bring myself to actually read the book until recently, & he's now 8 months old.

I really don't want to go into the story in depth, because I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't read it already, but it definitely hit home with me. There were SO many things I could relate to.

The little girl in the book, Willow, has Type III, which is practically the most severe case. Type II is fatal at birth. I have Type I, which is the most mild form. Although the book is about a little girl who has a much worse case than myself, the similarities are still there. I'd find myself reading the book thinking to myself, "Wow." It could have been written about me.

I think I could mostly see the similarities in Willow's mother, Charlotte. She reminded me of my Mom SO much. Charlotte was Willow's voice, considering she was only 5 years old. The way she fought for her daughter, reminded me exactly of my own Mom. I cannot tell you how many times an x-ray technician wanted to take multiple x-rays when I had fractured, or get me into some awkward position, that would cause me a pain unimaginable, where my Mother would stop them and say, "no, you're not doing that to her. We know she broke a bone, let's not torture her." It was very surreal for me.

Charlotte also says time and time again in the book that although Willow breaks so easily, she is the strongest person she knows. I cannot tell you how many times my own Mother has said this to me. My mouth probably dropped open when I read that line.

There are many controversies over the ending, none of which I'll get into, but I do understand the message the author was trying to get out. I don't necessarily have to like it, but I get the point she was trying to make.

I would recommend this book for anyone to read. Whether or not OI has affected your life, or you've never heard of it, the book is just amazing. I have never read a book by Jodi Picoult before, but now I'm anxious to read some of her others.


  1. I love Jodi Picoult books. My favorite was The Pact. This sounds really interesting. I think I'm going to have to pick this up.

  2. ... i enjoy reading your opinion of that book. and you make some very good points... and i am glad to see you pick out beautiful things from the story.

    i too had to read the book when i found out it involved a child with OI born to a family that did not have the disease.

    unfortunately, i must say... i hated the book. hated it with a passion... but for very personal reasons - including the conclusion. i was a big fan of jodi picoult until reading this book... and don't think i'll be able to pick up another book of hers because of it. but maybe that's actually testimate to her talent in writing... that she is able to bring up this much passion in me...

  3. Wow, how inspiring!!
    Loved your last post btw, the whole shirt thing cracks me up...good luck with that! ;)

  4. interesting:) enjoy the weekend!

  5. This is a great book review - I got on the waiting list for it at the library, and I can't wait to read it myself! Have a great weekend!


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