I love to read. Unfortunately, once I start reading a book I have a hard time putting it down. So I am always very selective on what I choose to read and when I read. I had a bit of time this last weekend so I picked up the book: Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult. It was great. I have read a few of her other books: Plain Truth and My Sister's Keeper which were also outstanding.
If you have read My Sister's Keeper, this book was similar to it, but also different. The book was about a girl who was born with a genetic disorder which causes stress to a mom and the family. Everyone is affected by this child's medical problem. The mom had been trying to conceive for awhile and was just about to start infertility treatments when she became pregnant. Now years later she is dealing with the stress of her child's illness and she wonders whether or not she wishes her child had ever been born. A court case occurs and one of the lawyers is adopted and is currently searching for her birth mother. She grapples with her insecurities and questions about whether or not she should contact her birth mother and why her birth mother might have chosen to place her for adoption. Picoult brought up a lot of real life issues that people deal with and beautifully weaved them into this novel.
It never ceases to amaze me how often infertility or adoption seems to come up in books or movies. I don't know if I just didn't notice before or if it really is being talked about more. Anyhow, I enjoyed this book, and the more insight I can get into the emotions of birth mothers, adopted children, or any other people going through different life experiences the better I can be at helping or understanding them.