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In this whip-smart and timely novel from acclaimed author Kimmery Martin, two doctors travel a surprising path when they must choose between treating their patients and keeping their jobs.

Georgia Brown’s profession as a urologist requires her to interact with plenty of naked men, but her romantic prospects have fizzled. The most important person in her life is her friend
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2020 by Berkley - Us
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
BRAVA! BRAVA! BRAVA!

This is powerful, provocative, brave book questions one of the most important and sensitive subjects of our modern world and it handles it meticulously. The objectivity of the thoughts balanced with the emotional progression of story-telling. It was one of the greatest works that I’ve read so far with well rounded, impeccably developed characters.

Georgia, smart, sarcastic, unique, tough, brave doctor. I really adored her personality and wished to befriend her. Alas there are
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P.J. Vernon
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With incredible voice and scalpel-sharp wit, Martin deftly navigates the light, the dark and the in-between of the human soul. As Southern and queer - and an early manuscript sensitivity reader - I saw myself reflected in honest pages penned by a true ally. This novel broke my heart in all the best ways.

Lara Lillibridge
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to be an early beta reader of The Antidote for Everything. As a member of the queer community, I’m often suspicious of cis-het writers who take on queer themes or characters, but in this case, Martin did a solid job of reaching out to multiple sensitivity readers as well as engaging with several LGBTQIA+ groups as she wrote the book, and it shows. We need ally stories as well as books by queer authors. We need representation in books and we desperately need more people to use ...more
Travel.with.a.book
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Antidote For Everything is so powerful and merges very sensitive topics which will make you go through mixed emotions throughout the pages! The fabulous medical prose by a doctor is always attractive to read and Kimmery is bringing a World filled with suspense and humour also complexed characters that you will love so much!
Georgia is a bookworm doctor and her life is not alike the other womens, she has a very interesting personality and her friendship with Joah is so special and unique that
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Dec 16, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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Theresa Alan
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5 stars. This topic is timely and important. I wanted to like this novel more than I did. The heroine of this novel is a doctor, so Georgia analyzes everything through a scientific lens. The problem is, that I, the reader, am now analyzing her feelings of lust and attraction toward Mark, because that’s how the story is being told to me. I didn't FEEL it. Whatever novel I’m reading, I want to feel something. I want to laugh, cry, fall in love with the hero along with the heroine, or feel ...more
Jessica Strawser
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of Kimmery Martin's smart, witty debut, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, and this follow-up does not disappoint. Her characters are fascinatingly brilliant, authentically human, and complicated in ways equally maddening and endearing. In other words, they could be your friends—and by the end of the story, they certainly feel that way. THE ANTIDOTE FOR EVERYTHING has a ripped-from-the-headlines hook: Martin's take on how doctors and corporations face down all too real stances on ...more
The Nerd Daily
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray

Georgia is a urologist working at a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina with her best friend, Jonah. She enjoys her job and the people she works with, both patients and co-workers, until one day a scandal breaks loose. Many of Jonah’s patients begin leaving the clinic with no explanation. Then Jonah himself comes under scrutiny and is at risk of losing his job. As Georgia and Jonah uncover what is going on, they learn the truth:
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Kerry
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting page-turner that rivals your favorite prime time medical drama. Loved it.
Bradeigh Godfrey
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book captivated me from the first page! I fell in love with Georgia, a fiery female urologist, and her best friend, Jonah, a compassionate family physician, as they fight for their patients’ access to medical care. Filled with Martin’s signature wit and voice, this story made me want to be a better human being, to stand with those who are marginalized and work to make this world a better place. I adored the friendship between Georgia and Jonah and the gorgeously-drawn setting of Charleston. ...more
Chris S.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone on this site
Thanks to Berkeley Publishing for my copy of this book

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I need to stop myself from blithely gushing, since I know that isn't what people want to read, but I can't stop myself, so I'll just get it all out.

This book nourished me. I laughed at the jokes, I very nearly cried a few times, and I just all around loved it. I honestly think that this may be the best book I've read all year. There are occasions where you feel like the
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Doris Vandruff
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully crafted book. It covers a genre of issues. It also has two super delicious, hilarious characters. Not to stop there it also cover some serious issues regarding discrimination in healthcare. I don't want to give the story away. You just have to read this book. It has intrigue, love, loyalty, body guards, hot businessmen, doctors, nurses, friendship, and being honest. Most importantly about standing up for what is right in today's society. People are people, we all need love, ...more
Kate ☀️ Olson
(free review copy) Important and timely topic with extensive medical content. Crucial to note that Martin did use numerous sensitivity readers.
Donna Foster
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
So good making it one of the best reads in awhile with precise medical language, information and situations.
Kristen
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I love the medical jargon, I love the friendship between Jonah and Georgia, I love their passion for their patients. I loved Mark (but I generally don't like romances because they paint such an unrealistic picture). It was just a sweet book.

Thanks to the author for not going with the brain tumor story line of the earliest drafts. :)
Genevieve Trono
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I was very intrigued by this book after reading Kimmery Martins' debut novel The Queen of Hearts. While I enjoyed a lot of the storyline, I struggled with some of the stereotypical language the author chose to include when describing some of the patients and it was off-putting as the reader.

When I read the premise of The Antidote for Everything I was very curious to see how she would handle a topic that is important but also something that I hoped would be spoken about with compassion and
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Nicole Aquilina
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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No joke, the first sentence of this book had me laughing out loud. I even screenshot it to one of my friends because it was hilarious. I love being roped in from the very first sentence, and that doesn’t happen very often. We start off with an intro to Dr. Georgia Brown - a urologist. Without giving away too much, I bet you can guess that there are quite a few penis jokes ensue. Jonah, her BFF, who is gay and Georgia work at a clinic together. They love each other,
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Diane
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not a doctor-lite book; it's a serious look at how discrimination works in the real world and how physicians are sometimes caught up in it. It's also a book about male-female friendships and the extremes that friends will go to to save each other. I found it to be amusing at times, sad at times, and confusing at times. Altogether, though, it was a completely satisfying read.
Olivia
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.
It's tough to rate this book because I have pretty conflicting feelings. Do I love reading a book about whose central plot point is discrimination of the LGBTQ community from the point of a cis, straight woman? It's not my favorite. But the reality is that it will probably make the message more relatable to the people who really need to hear it, so I can accept that. Would it also be nice to see more than one developed character who was queer in a
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Jennifer Klepper
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Kimmery Martin's writing is how much fun she seems to have with words. She's clever, witty, smart, well-read...sensing a theme here? She's also thoughtful. And the combination of her facility with words and her social awareness make for a book that can sweep the reader away and spark introspection and dialogue. In "The Antidote for Everything," Martin brings us the story of two doctors who face a pivot point in their careers, one forced upon them by discriminatory laws that ...more
Amy
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda (TheBookwormAdventures)
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq-rep
4.5/5

“To Jonah, this wasn’t a personality conflict or a partisan thing or a manifestation of sexual politics. In his case, adhering to the guidelines of someone else’s religious freedom meant two things: he would lose his job, and his patients would lose their doctor.”

Georgia is a urologist in a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. When fellow doctor Jonah Tsukada’s transgender patients are asked to find new practitioners without Jonah’s knowledge or consent, the two of them begin a battle
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Linden
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Georgia, a urologist, and Jonah, a GP, are best friends and are employed at a medical facility in SC affiliated with a church. Someone there has decided that Jonah, who is gay, biracial, and treats transgender patients, does not fit the ideal "moral" profile, so there is a plan to "encourage" him to resign. What it means to be a friend (or even a decent person with a conscience) honesty (and its many nuances), and fairness are some of the themes the author, who is herself a physician, explores. ...more
Allison
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Good things first, I really really like Georgia. I think this book is mostly written in a very smart, fast-paced style with only minimal extraneous dialogue. Obviously I support the overall message and I like the way it ends.

Now the minus 2 star stuff. It took way WAY too long to reveal what Georgia “did.” Like every time it was brought up I had literally forgotten that was a storyline.

Also Mark was kind of, wholly unnecessary? While reading I thought it was kind of off-putting every time we
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Lizenbyl
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Georgia Brown a urologist in Charleston is very good friends with Dr. Jonas Tskudah who has a large practice of gay & transgender patients. The clinic they work for make an administrative decision to stop seeing these patients.
In attempting to stop this discrimination a bizarre series of events takes place, that leads to dangerous & emotional times-no more as then will be a spoiler alert.
CLM
A story of friendship between two doctors, dedicated to their patients, and professional standards - with a little romance thrown in.
Bookmommy
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received this book as an ARC giveaway from Goodreads. As a doctor who loves to read, it’s always a treat to find a novel that accurately depicts medicine. Charleston is one of my favorite cities and it was nice to see it featured. This is an interesting story of two doctors who are best friends confronting a scandal that upends both their lives. While I normally don’t like when novels seem to have an agenda to take on public policy, I was shocked to find that it actually is not illegal in my ...more
Claire Barfell
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Georgia Brown is a female urologist and her best friend Jonah Tsukada is a family practice physician. They fight discrimination at the hospital they work in because the head of the hospital and the committee try to dictate who they can and cannot treat. The story is very interesting and brings up a lot of questions about how people are singled out as not having the same rights as others do. The friendship between Georgia and Jonah is very strong. When difficulties overwhelm Jonah Georgia tries ...more
Beth M.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Georgia is a urologist working at a hospital/clinic in Charleston, South Carolina with her best friend Jonah. She enjoys her job and the people she works with until one day a scandal breaks loose ... the hospital decides to no longer treat transgender patients. And furthermore they fire Jonah when he stands up against this injustice. With her own job on the line as well, Georgia tries to help Jonah find a way out of a particularly sticky predicament in hopes that the hospital will not only hire ...more
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Kimmery Martin is a physician, book reviewer, author interviewer, travel blogger, obsessive reader, and general all-around literary nerd who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three children. The Queen of Hearts is her first novel.