Handle with Care is a great heartfelt book. It is based on a child named Willow, who was born with OI, or a disease when bones simply break for “little or no reason” at all, in the year 2007.
For most of her life, Willow has had many bone surgeries, and many breaks. Despite the OI she suffers from, she is a 5 year old genius. Her understandings and IQ levels were higher than those of her classmates and kids of her age. Usually Willow doesn’t travel with her sister (Amelia), her mom (Charlotte), or her dad (Sean) that often. But this time, they were on a trip to dream world and forgot to bring a letter by the birth doctor, stating that Willow really was suffering from OI, and that she wasn’t in a state of some other abuse. The well planned trip that would seem to have been the best trip for all of them turn their whole lives upside down. What will they do now, and most importantly… What will Willow do now, now that she has to stay in almost a temporary status? What will happen to them- with all the running and in and outs of hospitals and protective custody, and alternating between work and care?
“I had learned about osteogenesis imperfecta in medical school, but I had never actually seen a case. What I remembered about it were pictures of fetuses with in vitro fractures like yours. Fetuses that died at birth or shortly after.
‘Piper?’ Charlotte repeated. ‘Are you okay?’
Pulling myself upright, I drew in a deep breath. ‘Yes,’ I said, my voice breaking. ‘But Charlotte… you’re daughter’s not.’
A very emotionally written piece, Jodi Picoult brings us back into the most indecisive times in life, where all that is said, done, and has been, is all mixed together in a certain time in this family. And yet, under almost impossible circumstances, they have to stick together and do what is best for all of them, especially Willow.