Handle With CareBook - 2009
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"Nobody really cared about her here. The reason people copied her and fawned over her had very little to do with who she was, and far more to do with who they needed her to be, to make up for some gaping hole in their own lives." (319)
"...this is where you start, when everything around you has gone to pieces." (409)
“People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that's not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.”
“It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. I knew what happened when you let yourself get close to someone, when you started to believe they loved you: you'd be disappointed. Depend on someone, and you might as well admit you're going to be crushed, because when you really needed them, they wouldn't be there. Either that, or you'd confide in them and you added to their problems. All you ever really had was yourself, and that sort of sucked if you were less than reliable.”
“When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it's safe inside your mouth.”
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Willow is the perfect child. She is kind, intelligent and never complains. Except she was born with a debilitating disease known as Osteogenisis Imperfecta, or OI, which makes her bones particularly brittle and susceptible to breaks. Throughout her childhood, however, more than just her bones break. When Willow's mother Charlotte O'Keefe is given the opportunity to make Willow's life the best possible, she jumps to the chance. However, this decision comes with great costs. In the end, relationships, families, and hearts can be just as brittle as Willow's bones.
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