Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

This book is about a family whose child suffers from the illness osteogenesis imperfecta, which means her bones break easily. The whole family has been changed by caring for young Willow, and when an opportunity arises to set up a fund for her future---via a controversial 'wrongful birth' lawsuit against the doctor-slash-best-friend of the main character---the family sells their souls to do it. There are consequences, or course, and the typical alternating chapters and courtroom dramas that typify Picoult's work.

It's all fine. I was reasonably entertained and got caught up in the story. But there is little respite from the bleakness here. It's grim, grim stuff. And the ending was a real disappointment. Picoult seems to be splitting her oeuvre among the 'sick child courtroom drama' and 'chicklit with issues' genres, and I must admit, I do prefer the books in that category.

Were it not on sale, this would definitely be a library read for me.

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