Book review: Handle with care


If you have to choose between your daughter’s future and your friendship with your best friend, what would you choose?

The O’Keefe’s had a loving, caring family with two cute daughters. They are a happy family but their happiness comes at a price. Their younger daughter Willow has osteogenesis imperfecta, a very severe form of brittle bone disease. She was born with broken bones. By the age of six, her more than 50 bones had broken. She is very difficult to care for with her white casts and wheel chair. Her mother Charlotte O’Keefe left her job to care for her. She worked at the bakery. Willows older half-sister is Amelia .She is Charlotte’s daughter from her previous affair. In the entire family crisis she suffered a lot. She was diagnosed with an eating disorder bulimia later in the book but showed the symptoms early on.

After 6 years of caring for Willow, O’Keefes faced financial disaster. Then Charlotte was offered a lifeline. She could sue her obstetrician for a wrongful birth. Osteogenesis imperfect can be diagnosed in the embryo but it is a difficult job. The obstetrician is Charlotte’s best friend, Piper. If she wins the case, the money would secure Willow’s future. But will Charlotte risk her friendship for her daughter especially in the circumstances when her husband and the elder daughter are against it and she has to declare in the court that she wished Willow was never born?

It is a heart gripping and emotional novel. Every heart break and family problem seems so real. Don’t miss this novel .The writer Jodi Picoult is an amazing author of the bestseller book “the sister’s keeper”, which is also a major film. Start reading her novels right now. I hope you crave for more of Picoult’s amazing stories.


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