It is hard for me to pick a star rating for this book, because for most of the book I was seriously annoyed with it. Tomorrow I might decide to change...moreIt is hard for me to pick a star rating for this book, because for most of the book I was seriously annoyed with it. Tomorrow I might decide to change it to three stars, but today it is two.
I considered DNF'ing this book a few times, but eventually decided to push through. It's a short read, and although I firmly believe in reading as a hedonistic pastime, I think that sometimes we should be pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones. And this is definitely an out-of-the-comfort-zone-book.
The other reason I'm glad I pushed through is that the final three chapters are wonderfully executed. Tragic, but so well done.
But to get there was painful. The dialogue for most of the book was, in my opinion, poorly executed. Too many exclamation marks and really just unrealistic discourse. It felt plastered on, and it was by and large the biggest annoyance.
I have a lot of respect for the difficult home story - and I thought Suzama did a reasonable job with it. I loved the younger siblings, especially Willa. Suzama is good at painting pictures.
Unfortunately the MCs again annoyed me. There are a lot of good reviews touching on this, so I won't repeat them. Lastly, some of the more "intense" scenes between Lochie and Maya read like a poorly scripted erotica novel and in detracted from the worth of the novel.
I didn't cry for this novel and I didn't fall in love with it, but I am glad I read it. I will be very careful to whom I recommend it, though.(less)
The Devil Wears Scrubs by Freida McFadden follows Jane, an Internal Medicine Intern, for her first few months of Internship. She has all the jitters of a slightly inexperienced young doctor, a lot to learn, and a senior resident straight from hell. Jane must learn to navigate the halls of a new hospital, survive on next-to-no sleep and side-step her vicious roommate.
I really enjoyed this book. There are quite a few novels and memoirs out there about medical education experiences, but what I enjoyed about The Devil Wears Scrubs was that it had a focus: one really awful resident, and the attempt to survive her onslaughts. That alone puts this novel head and shoulders above your average medical recollections because it provides a substantial plot.
There is nothing pretentious about the story-telling in this book. It is a lovely, easy read, and very witty. Basically, it is like McFadden’s blog on steroids – because, did I mention, the author is Dr. Fizzy from A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor? I am not a laugh-out-loud kind of person, but I did giggle a few times while reading, and that says a lot coming from me. I especially loved the little bits at the end of many chapters, where Jane declares the number of hours awake and her likelihood of quitting (and sometimes some other hilarious likelihoods).
Jane’s struggles were almost too real for me, given my proximity to graduation and internship. Her exhaustion was palpable, as was her confusion at her resident’s obvious dislike of her. I’ve known such residents. They really do exist, and they give me nightmares.
What I was happy to realise exists is people “like me”. Because even if this is only a fictionalised account of an intern year, it seems to me now that there are other young doctors or students who feel just as lost as I do at times – people who have to delve really deep to find occupational confidence and sometimes still can’t find it, and people who feel like they annoy residents and nurses and even patients just by being there. And it is a horrible feeling.
But Jane just keeps GOING, and I’m sure even she doesn’t know how she does it, but SHE DOES. And I am sure if there is ever a sequel to this book, Jane goes from strength to strength. The book already has a pretty kick-ass ending. It’s not a finale as in “and they all lived happily ever after” (which is good) but it is hopeful.
Who should read this book? If you love McFadden’s blog, you’ll love the book. But I’ve read reviews and those who don’t love her blog enjoyed the book too. If you like Grey’s Anatomy, you’ll probably enjoy this one. Plus, it’s not quite so full of angst and death as Grey’s! If you hate Grey’s because it’s inaccurate, you’ll like this book, because it is written by an actual doctor and seems accurate in my limited experience. If you want to read something funny but with some substance, this is an excellent read, and you definitely don’t have to be in the medical field to enjoy it.
The book is short and delicious read, good even for a busy mom or healthcare worker to read. (I just realised that an audiobook version of this could be pretty damn good, especially if it was read by the author). I don’t think it being short really detracts from it: it suits the story well.(less)