Book : Handle with Care
Author : Jodi Picoult
Published year : 2009
‘Handle with Care’ -when you pick this book you are in for an ultimate experience in life. Sometimes when you pick a good book which connects with you, you wish for it to never end. Such was this novel to me.
The plot :
Willow O’Keefe, a tiny little girl whose precious life brightened all the people around her becomes the centre of a debate to determine if one’s life is really worth living.
Willow is perfect, except for her brittle bones which breaks on nothing more than a sneeze. She is beautiful, smart, loveable and has OI (Osteogenesis Imperfectia). Willow is the most adorable 5 year old I’ve come across, even if she happens to be fictional.
Charlotte O’Keefe, who manages every crisis that hits her daughter with all her courage, wants only the best for her daughter. That is why she finds herself stuck in a complete chaos when she finds that providing the best care for Willow might mean suing her Obstetrician, who happens to be Charlotte’s only best friend.
Amelia O’Keefe, a caring big sister, fights her own battles. She loves Willow every inch, broken or intact. As fate has it, she faces problems like every other teenage girl yet ends up finding imprudent ways to get out of it.
Lieutenant Sean O’Keefe, a protecting father, cannot stand to see his family falling apart. He defies his wife to make her understand that life would have never been the same if his loving daughter had not been there. In spite of a million difference between Sean and Charlotte, their love for each other is always the same.
Marin Gates, the attorney, represents Charlotte in the case against Piper Recee. Marin, apart from fighting this battle for Charlotte, fights her own battle to find her birth mother. When Charlotte walks in with the case stating she would have rather not had Willow had her obstetrician warned before, Marin doubts if her birth mother had wanted the same.
What are you in for?
A heart touching story which stays in mind and heart long after you close the book. Different people, different stories. Each character speaks to you from the author’s heart. And when Willow speaks to you at last, beware for your heart might just melt and flow out right away.
We fight so hard in life that when we finally get what we fought for, do we really feel like we won? Is it even worth it?
Favourite quotes from the book:
‘If Piper’s the one you notice when you walk into a room, with her boy-cut blond hair and forever legs and her wide smile, Charlotte’s the one you find yourself thinking about long after you’ve left.’
‘When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it’s safe inside your mouth.’
‘When you showed someone how you felt, it was fresh and honest. When you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation. Those three words were what everyone used; simple syllables couldn’t contain something as rare as what I felt for Sean.’
‘People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matter. But that’s not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matter a little bit more.’
‘Here are the things I know for sure: When you think you’re right, you are most likely wrong. Things that break-be they bones, hearts or promises-can be put back together but will never really be whole. And, in spite of what I said, you can miss a person you’ve never known. I learn this over and over again, every day I spend without you.’
This book was a random pick at a book fair and I am glad to admit that I did not even regret a page in the book. I don’t want to rate it because this book can’t be expressed with numbers alone, it is much more.
Let me know what you think! Great week, people 🙂