Philomena’s Bookclub Review – Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

Book Title: Handle with Care

Author: Jodi Picoult

What we liked about the book

The book was classic Picoult, storytelling that highlights the drama of everyday experience and challenges faced by individuals. We liked the range of characters and how each person had a distinctive viewpoint and perception of the situation. There were many moral and ethical issues that were brought up in the book. We found it thought-provoking and it prompted discussion about the rights and responsibilities of parents and doctors as well as the legal system.  We also discussed the impact that disability has on family members and the community.  The book seemed well researched and was interesting from that point of view.

What we did not like about the book

The downside of Picoult's style is that it can seem contrived and emotionally manipulative. Not everyone liked the alternating voice of the characters telling the story. There were numerous social issues raised ranging from adoption, rape, eating disorders and the impact of disability on a family. We thought there were too many issues introduced and this detracted from the overall story.

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