YMMV / Handle with Care

  • The Scrappy: Charlotte is an unpleasant person throughout the book and stays unrepentant even when Willow drowns and she puts the check in the coffin with Willow. She could have used the money for Amelia's medical bills after being in the clinic but, nope, it's all about Willow.
  • Shocking Swerve: Picoult spends the whole novel setting up for Charlotte's losing her lawsuit. This makes the final verdict shocking, but not in the way Picoult intended. Also, Willow drowns at the end of the book.
  • The Woobie - Willow is designed to be this, but many characters suffer significantly throughout the novel, including Sean, Piper, Amelia, and everyone around them.