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Emergency Room

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  915 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
College freshmen Seth and Diana volunteer in an emergency room to learn how to save lives — and along the way, they learn to live

Seth volunteers at City Hospital to get first-hand experience with emergency medicine — and get comfortable with blood and trauma before attending medical school, so he'll have an edge over the competition. Diana volunteers in the inner-city ER t
Paperback, 213 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jubilation Lee
Story time, y’all! So my co-worker was pulling a bunch of elderly paperback teen books off the shelves yesterday to weed, because they were all battered and torn and missing covers and whatnot. And I’m idly flipping through the stacks of Charmed novelizations when I suddenly stumble upon this book.

And had to blink.

And read the back cover.

And blink again.

Because although I had up until that moment 100% forgotten that Emergency Room even existed, I suddenly had this crystal clear memory of purchas
Jan 07, 2015 Becomeaduck rated it did not like it
How do we even start?

A friend and I have a tradition of re-reading childhood favorites aloud. After enjoying The Face on the Milk Carton, we picked this one up in hopes of finding more delightfully ludicrous imagery.

The book began with some promising passages. One of our favorites: "She did not realize that a bullet had shoved her down until she saw her black clothes turning red. Very red. As if she had suddenly decided to die them scarlet." (Because black clothes can definitely turn red. And dy
Alexa Greening
Dec 05, 2014 Alexa Greening rated it it was ok
“Emergency Room” by Caroline B. Cooney was an okay book in my opinion. There was a lot to follow throughout this book. Many stories were taking place and it was hard to understand. I would most likely not read this book again.

The book started out with some college students. Jersey, one of the three friends, decided that she would go to the mall when the sun was starting to set. It would be dark out on her walk home. The city was not safe at night. On her way to the mall, she was shot and taken
Stephanie (whatstephread)
Fun fact: This was the first book I ever picked out myself (at a Scholastic event in grade school no less) and read all on my own. It wasn't for school or a reading group, I read it because I chose it. For some reason, I just remembered it today and might have to reread for the nostalgia.
Mar 02, 2014 Thalia is currently reading it
Dear Charan

I'm reading a book entitled Cooney Emergency Room by Caroline B. Cooney which is a work of non-fiction. My observations about a character name Diana is that she is a nice person and everyone in her job takes over her kindness. She works in the emergency room." This isn't fair! thought Diana, cheeks scarlet with confusion and embarrassment from drunks". Ever time a patient comes to get auxiliary they always leave her the drunk ones to her and everyone makes fun of her. While reading t
Jesus D.
Aug 19, 2016 Jesus D. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Medical Field
Recommended to Jesus by: Myself
The book “Emergency Room” by Caroline B. Cooney is a fantastic book! The novel follows Seth and Diana, two college students who are volunteering in the emergency room at the hospital. I really liked the book because it was full of action and suspense, which is expected in a book that takes place in an ER. This book appealed to me due to my interest in the medical field. It was interesting reading about the characters because they seem realistic, and had to deal with problems without the knowledg ...more
Sati Marie Frost
I've read a few of these multi-character emergency books by Cooney - this one, Flight 116 is Down, Flash Fire - and I'm never sure quite how I feel about them. I want to give props to the author for trying a different type of story - nobody can say Caroline B. Cooney doesn't experiment; in addition to these she's done sweet wholesome romances, family dramas, truly strange paranormal romances, mild horrors, historicals, trashy chick-lit, and more - but the book doesn't quite work for me. It's exc ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Taylor rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of Diane Hoh's young adult fiction series 'Med Center,' Caroline Cooney's Emergency Room was both an abrupt slap in the face and a tantalizing window into MY possible future.

Miss Cooney provided a startling peek at reality for me, a girl who's head has been filled with sugar-plum fairies laden with syringes and dramatic, beautiful doctors ever since I was a child. No more would hospitals be mentally recorded as nice, sweet places for clean people to get treated for their natural illn
Nov 17, 2011 Mersim rated it it was amazing
Date: 10/13/11
Genre: Mystery
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Page: 3-8

This book is about a girl named Jersey. She got accepted to her dads college and that college has a dorm. Her dad gave her hundred dollars because Jersey got accepted into her dad's college. With that money, Jersey wants to go to the mall to buy shoes. She really wants to go to the mall with her two best friends Mai and Susan but they had a lab on Mondays so they couldn't go with Jersey. Jersey to go to the mall so she got out of th
Jan 21, 2016 Martina rated it liked it
This book has a lot of characters, so it can be a little hard to follow. The book follows each character on their experiences in the emergency room, either as a patient, loved one of a patient, or a volunteer at the hospital. As long as you can keep up with the characters, you might enjoy the book.
Nov 15, 2010 Tjw rated it liked it
Emergency Room

If you like a book with weird ways of getting hurt or surgery type of things, this is your book. In my opinion the book is ok but not really an attention grabber.
This book takes place at a city hospital. The hospital is a public hospital, were people can come off the street and get treated no matter what the problem.
The doctors just need to know where you live and you be able to get help. A few people argue with the doctors because they think their addresses are top secret and do
Sep 28, 2008 Quinlyn rated it it was ok
This was another disappointment by Caroline Cooney. Emergency room was really boring. It did have some suspense, but nothing compared to her other books. I would recommend this to people who don't like a lot going on in the books they read. I would not recommend this to anyone who is looking for a thrilling, on the edge of your seat kind of book. This book was about two volunteers who worked at a the City Hospital. They discovered the true hectic-ness of an Emergency room. They dealt with drug b ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Denise rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Perhaps my expectations were too high. I love Flight #116 is down. It will always be one of my favorite young adult novels. This, however is quite unlike it. The use of time, and a variety of characters is similar, but I didn't care for any of them. Whatever their plight might be, I merely thought that sucks for them. The most likeable character is an eight year old girl who is wise beyond her years, and even then, it's more pity for her and her situation. It's been awhile since I read a book an ...more
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May 30, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen suspense fans
Seth and Diana are college freshmen who dream of being doctors. They are not in medical school yet, but they volunteer at City Hospital, a famous teaching hospital in a large city. Their reasons for volunteering are mixed--they want to help people, of course, but they also want to make themselves look good to medical school admissions officers. And, they want a front-row seat to the drama of serious injuries. On this particular day, Seth and Diana will get more education about medicine and thems ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
this was a good book read it for a book report in a couple days
Kristin Vela
Caroline B. Cooney is one of my favorite authors and she hasn't disappointed me yet. One thing i really liked about this book was how intense it was with all the accidents and stuff. It had that creepiness to it. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that in the beginning half of the book, I got confused a couple times because this book jumps to another even and person every chapter. The biggest event is a young mother getting her baby taken hostage in the hospital but she gets it back ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting. It was a good read and a fast read which is nice. The story was defiantly intense but over all VERY good. I think i would be able to read this book over again. It did end kind of suddenly though, but the ending wrapped up pretty well.
Jan 14, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. It centers around two college volunteers, Diana and Seth, and their experience in an ER. It also tells of several other peoples stories, Jersey a college student, Roo a young mother and her twins, Alec a seventeen year old and Anna Maria and her two younger siblings. It really a incite into an ER.

I think it would be exciting to be apart of such a fast past world but I don't know if I would be able to keep up.
Noa epstein
Jan 17, 2014 Noa epstein rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! its about emergencys that happen and the hospitol if you like these kind of books you would like this one!
Oct 16, 2013 Demondg rated it really liked it
I think that the plot of the book is set as if it could have been a series. The reason being is because of how the author gives a little bit about everyone life as they are in the hospital. If it could get more depth into everyone's life, it would not leave me with the questions that I have such as "How is the college that Jersey is at?" and "Why doesn't Roo take her kids to her parents house?".
Sarah Tilatitsky
Feb 09, 2011 Sarah Tilatitsky rated it really liked it
This book is just a bunch of crazy actions that are pieced together in just one place. A hospitable. Gunshot wounds, motorcycle accidents, asthma, drunks, and a lot more are there, where it is a hectic place to be. Yet, it is pieced together so great that I would love to read it 20 times over, in a row. Well, not really, but it's good. Read/reread. It is worth anyone's time. ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
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This book was amazing!!
Nov 12, 2012 Angelique rated it really liked it
I first read Caroline Cooney in grade school and I didn't realize she had written anything besides the face on the milk carton. Emergency room was a very fast read, but it kept my attention the entire time. Very great flow while switching the point of view of the characters.
Apr 21, 2015 Dorel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read by Ms. Cooney after the Janie series. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars is because I liked the way Ms. Cooney describes the craziness in the ER. The rest of the story was boring. The characters & the storyline didn't grab my interest at all.
Sep 17, 2008 Emma rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like medical stuff
I like the scenarios in this book and the accidents and everything, but the ending was really poor, in my opinion. And some of the stuff seemed really irrelevant, like some of the people, especially the young girl. It wasn't super awesome, but it wasn't horible either.
Dec 10, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
I had this on my shelf. I remember liking it as a teenager, but as an adult I find it to be shallow, poorly written and a bit heavy on the sexual inuendo. The ending of the stories are all abrupt and there is little to be gained from the story.
Jun 08, 2012 Lance rated it liked it
Unique writing style. The are not divided by titles or number but rather location and times. A short read at a modest 213 pages you get a great experience of just a few hours of a busy night in emergency services.
Dec 11, 2007 Readhead rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who don't mind a slow plot
This book wasn't too bad. I didn't like it very much, though. I guess I got bored with it after a while. If you have nothing else to read, this book will tide you over until you find something.
Khloe Travis
Mar 27, 2009 Khloe Travis rated it liked it
this was actually ok. i liked how you were told what was happenning to the people before their accidents happened. i think it could have been a little bit beter though.
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
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