Saturday, March 5, 2011

Handle With Care

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult is a book about breaking. It is about a little girl born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone syndrome, which causes her bones to break with the slightest bump. It is about how her mother files a wrongful birth lawsuit in hopes of getting money to help with the burden of caring for a disabled child, but in the process, breaks precious relationships. I thought that it was a good book with the message that we need to handle our decisions and our relationships with care. The author did use some strong language at times which I really didn't like.
"Things break all the time. Glass, and dishes, and fingernails. Cars and contracts and potato chips. You can break a record, a horse, a dollar. You can break the ice. There are coffee breaks and lunch breaks and prison breaks. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Chains can be broken. So can silence, and fever. Promises break. Hearts break. Fault lines. These are the places where the earth breaks apart. These are the spots where earthquakes originate, where volcanoes are born. Or in other words: the world is crumbling under us; it's the solid ground beneath our feet that's an illusion."


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