“Things break all the time. Glass and dishes and fingernails. Cars and contracts and potato chips. You can break a record, a horse, a dollar. You can break the ice. There are coffee breaks and lunch breaks and prison breaks. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Chains can be broken. So can silence, and fever… promises break. Hearts break.” -Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult, while she isn’t my all-time favourite author, writes amazing novels. No matter what topic the story is centered around, with her books you are forced to really think about each scenario. You are forced to feel every single thing that each and every character does. Reading one of her novels takes so much out of you, but it is so worth it in the end.
I haven’t read every one of Jodi’s novels, but I have read most of them, and Handle with Care is so far my favourite.
It centers around a young girl, Willow, and her family. Willow suffers from brittle bone syndrome (the actual medical term for it is Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta) and during a family vacation to Disney World Willow suffers a severe injury which results in her breaking both femurs.
When inquiring about suing the park and hospital because they were being accused of child abuse, the lawyer suggests to Willow’s parents another option, which is to sue the OB/GYN who cared for the mother during the pregnancy, citing that had they know about Willow’s OI before, they could have aborted.
The major issue about this, apart from having to admit that they would have aborted their child and having Willow hear that, is that the OB/GYN in question just so happens to be the mother’s best friend. Nevertheless, the legal battle begins, resulting in numerous dramatic scenarios, including the suffering of Willow’s older sister, and a lawyer’s search for her birth mother, and a shocking conclusion that will leave you reeling.
Overall, Handle With Care is a fantastic book that may require multiple readings in order to truly process the magnitude of the situation that faced Willow and her family. If you ever get the chance to read it, I highly recommend that you do so. And if you do, be sure to let me know what you think about it!