This book follows Seth Levine through his 4 years of medical school: from Gross Anatomy to the verge of residency. Not just about his training, but the toll it takes on his relationship, and the way it impacts the rest of his life (and the lives of his classmates).
Overall, it's told with a light touch -- it's by no means a laugh out loud, slapstick-y comedy -- it's comedic. There's some drama, there's some tragedy, but overall, it's comedic.
The pacing could've been better -- the first two years take the first 16% of the book, making them pretty much just an extended prologue to the real action in the Third (56 percent of the book) and Fourth Year. The Third Year needs the bulk of the book given everything that goes on, but it just felt odd. I didn't need much more, just a little more from those first two years.
The book didn't seem to know what it thought about Seth -- was he an everyman? was he a superstar? a sad-sack? Were we supposed to be rooting for him and his relationship? His medical career? If the book didn't seem to know what to think of him, how is the reader supposed to have an opinion? Eventually, the book decided (sometime after the 1/3 mark), but far later than I'd like.
Misgivings and criticisms aside, this was an entertaining read -- it did everything it needed to: we got the gross med school moments, some medical triumphs, a failure, a couple of brushes with death, a couple of lessons about what a good doctor is, and a few chuckles. If med school/young doctor antics are your thing, or just 20-something bildungsromans, give this one a shot, your time will be well-spent.
<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received this from the author in exchange for this post -- thanks to him for this, and I apologize for losing track of the emails regarding it so that I'm 8-9 months late with this.</i>
Possibly one of the worst books I've read from the VC Andrews ghost writer. 22% in and the thought of anymore makes me want to cringe. It's about identical twins. All I'm getting is how identical and how special they are. And I'm fed up already. The mother is an overbearing bitch who wants her super speshul twins to be identical in every way down to thoughts. She's not allowing them to play with other children because they might disrupt the twin's special identicalness. It's the same thing over and over and over. It's ridiculous and I can't stomach any more of this book.
Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Threshold, Pocket Books for the chance to view the title.
I received an ARC of this book through Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fun and wacky book.
It is a tale of the beginning of a friendship between two unlikely protagonists: a bird and a worm. The two have a chance meeting, which leads to an unexpected journey and lots of crazy adventures.
I loved it. This is such a fun read. It is very unpredictable and hilarious. While reading it, you have no idea what is going to happen next, which is a very welcome change from a lot of books for young readers.
The copy I received was in black and white, but the pictures were well-done and interesting. I can only imagine how awesome they will look in the finished color edition.
A great book for young readers, especially those who may be hesitant about reading.
This is definitely an adventure that you don't want to miss.