I just finished reading Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult. I have read many of this author’s works, and they all seem to leave me thinking about the story long after I close the book.
As parents, we say that we will do absolutely anything for our children. We want to give them the best life possible. Of course, this means that we might have to make our own personal sacrifices for their best interests. But would you give up your marriage, destroy your best friend’s career, lie under oath, and say that you wish that your child had never been born? What if, by doing these things, you could greatly improve your child’s life and reduce his/her suffering?
This book explores these ethical issues, as they arise in a family with one child born with OI (brittle bone disease) and another child who is secretly struggling with bulimia and cutting. It focuses on a mother who is desperate to show her daughter how much she loves her, no matter what the cost.
This is definitely not a light read. I was engaged throughout the entire story, but I found a few things frustrating. The main problem, for me, was that the ending was not creative or satisfying. I would still recommend this book because it is interesting and makes you think about some heavy issues and consider your own ethical beliefs.
Jodi Picoult books that I have read so far (from my most favorite to least):
The Pact (1998)
Nineteen Minutes (2007)
House Rules (2010)
My Sister’s Keeper (2004)
Keeping Faith (1999)
Handle With Care (2009)
Plain Truth (2000)
Perfect Match (2002)
The Tenth Circle (2006)