Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Totally worth reading: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Let me start by saying I love reading. A lot. Before Baby came along, that was what I did with spare time (now I clean and let my eyes glaze over while surfing the Internet). And I love Jodi Picoult's books. They make you think - they tackle tough subjects, like teen pregnancy, school shootings, and so forth. My personal favorite thus far is probably "Plain Truth" or "My Sister's Keeper."

Needless to say, since I'm a big fan, I pre-ordered her newest book, "Handle with Care," before it came out, and I was thrilled when it arrived at my house. I was in the middle of reading something at the time and set it aside. I picked it up finally last week, and plowed through it over the last several days. That's how I tend to read Jodi Picoult books - quickly, like I'm devouring a yummy cake.

"Handle with Care" tackles a very hot topic - medical malpractice. In this book, it's addressed in the form of a wrongful birth lawsuit. I don't want to give away the book at all, so I'll leave it at that, but I will say this - it would make a great book club pick because it raises so very many questions. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will read it again after a while, I'm sure, as I do with most of Jodi Picoult's books. I give "Handle with Care" 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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