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A Willow Never Breaks..
Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult
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Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult
Advantages: One of the best books I've ever read.
Disadvantages: It may not be everyones cup of tea.
===Only my second book review - go easy on me ===
I have to admit if I went into a book store, this wouldn't be my first choice - I usually opt for the more romantic novels. When I was stressing about course work a couple of weeks a go, I raided my mothers bookshelf and picked this out. We have different but similar styles of reading that we enjoy - she liked it so why wouldn't I?
=== Overview ==
Despite having a daughter already, Charlotte O'Keefe was desperate to have a baby with husband Sean. Getting closer to her 40's she thought she had no hope, but it finally happened. Everything seemed so perfect until the pregnancy was nearing its end. Charlotte found out her precious baby had OI, a condition which causes bones to break and double even at the scrape of a knee. For the rest of this babys life, she will suffer endless broken bones and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it.
Charlotte and Sean ask for the help of Charlottes best friend Piper when it comes to the pregnancy, delivery and care of Willow. Piper is almost the third parent. So how will they cope when a lawyer tells the couple that they could file a claim against Piper? She is, after all partly responsible for the fact they didn't know about OI sooner - but would Charlotte and Sean be able to admit to wishing Willow was never born?!
Will Charlotte go through with it, or does her best friend mean too much?
=== My Verdict ===
Being one of the first books of its kind that I have read, I did thoroughly enjoy it. Its rare that I pick up a book and read it non-stop cover to cover like I did with this one. I originally thought I would find it hard to get my teeth into, but I managed 40 pages in one bath (despite becoming prune and lobster like in the process).
I did get slightly confused as each chapter is written from a different perspective. For example from Charlottes point of view, then a bit of the same situation and expanding that in Sean's eyes, then Amelia has her say also. It is really interesting to see all of their perspectives on the situation as usually it is from the third person so you don't feel connected with the characters. Once I got about 3 chapters in, the writing style didn't phase me and the book began to flow more smoothly - whereas after the first chapter I was so confused I almost gave up!
I really like the way Jodi Picoult writes, I find that she allows you to connect more with the characters and really feel their emotion. Although I am quite an emotional person so it may not be the same for you. I really felt Charlottes pain in parts and wished I could help her out - but this obviously was not possible. The book is almost like it is a letter to Willow, in preparation to read when she was old enough to understand - although with a 4 year old as bright as she is, it won't be long until she knows exactly what is happening.
Jodi has kept the book all revolving around the main point of the story - Willow's disability and the court case. This really helped I feel as she didn't allow the story to trail off into confusion. Although one part of the book I didn't really read was the recipes slotted in the front of each chapter. I didn't find them relevant to the story so flicked through those pages to get to the next part of the book.
Picoult has an amazing writing style and I am very surprised she has not been picked up for awards and fame. The characters are extremely well thought out and she does not include people irrelevant to the story - which means you get to know the main ones in even more detail. I have since brought 3 more of her books ready to be read (after my huge pile of college work of course). I like the way she only writes about emotional, heart wrenching stories. They are almost about real experiences but re-written into a novel - a bit like my sisters keeper.
Having only read one of Jodi Picoults books, I cannot really compare her work to others. I do absolutely love her writing style and everything is so interesting and emotional. Real life always captures me so much more than a made up story. Jodi deserves so much more praise for the work she has done, truly amazing author!
You can pick up your own copy online from eBay or Amazon, or in a bookstore for £7.99.
Summary: See for yourself.