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The Antidote For Everything

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,775 ratings  ·  503 reviews
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
hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Berkley - Us
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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First of all, can we just take a moment to acknowledge the gorgeous covers on Kimmery Martin’s books? I didn’t think they could top her cover for Queen of Hearts, and just look at this? Even incorporating the medical slant to her novels into beautiful artwork.

Georgia Brown is a urologist and single. She sees lots and lots of men at work, but she wants romance. Her best friend is Jonah, a family medicine doctor who works in the same hospital with her in Charleston, South Carolina.

Georgia heads ou
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Beautiful timely thought provoking tale of friendship and hard choices. Kimmery Martin did a remarkable job of bringing her medical knowledge to the page and making it both readable and authentic. Living in Southern California and surrounding myself with accepting people I was shocked to find out that in over 30 states there are not laws against discriminating against the LGBTQ community. It is maddening and baffling that someone can be denied healthcare or a job based on who they choose to lo ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 th
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Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for the copy in exchange for an honest review
"'I've read the Gospels,' she said, pausing, 'word for word, and I feel strongly that Christ would not have said to me, 'Suffer unto the gays urinary rentition; but everybody else can see the urologist.'"

This book was... hmm. Well, I can definitely tell that its one of those books that gathers many different opinions. There will be people who love it, hate it, and everything in between. (And because
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Antidote for Everything covers timely, relevant, and sometimes polarizing topics with grace, heart, and a bit of humor.

The main character Georgia is fantastic! I may be biased because she’s a fellow redhead, but I find her to just be pretty awesome all around. She’s a rare female urologist in the south working for a hospital founded by a fundamental church. Progressive values have no place in the institution Georgia works for. But overall, Georgia likes her coworkers, her patients, and her
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 the ...more
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 s ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my second Kimmery Martin medical drama and I love the way she (you can tell she’s a doctor IRL) makes all the medical scenes feel as if you’re really there in them. Georgia is a urologist and loves her job. Her best friend Jonah has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is also being forced out of his practice by the board because of anti-gay policies. They not only want to get rid of him, but all the LGBT patients in the practice.

Parts of this were riveting. Parts meandered a bi
Lily Herman
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
As a long-suffering Grey's Anatomy viewer and a person who loves books with a social justice bend, I was extremely excited to read Kimmery Martin's The Antidote for Everything. It goes without saying given that she's a doctor, but Martin's medical knowledge throughout this novel is incredible, and I loved her author's note at the end mapping out how she made sure to do right by various communities throughout her writing process.

While the overall idea of the novel was noble and I really liked its
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Dr. Georgia Brown is as vibrant as her fiery hair. A smart, witty, and tenacious urologist, Georgia is full of life despite her love life being somewhat lackluster. She works at a clinic outside of Charleston, South Carolina, with her closest companion being her coworker, family medicine doctor Jonah Tsukada. Georgia and Jonah are as tight-knit as they come, but Georgia has to head out to a medical conference without him

While Georgia is whisked up by the beauty of Europe and a magnetic ex-pat Am
Sarah Swann
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved this author’s first book and was so excited to read this one. I didn’t enjoy this one as much. I did really like the characters and it’s a great conversation about equality and our flawed laws. However, I didn’t like a lot of the decisions made by the main character. She did a lot of things that had me saying, “But why tho?” She made some decisions that ultimately hurt the people she loved, and she willingly made those decisions. Overall I liked it, but didn’t love it.
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 discriminatio ...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: t
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting page-turner that rivals your favorite prime time medical drama. Loved it.
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I liked this book a lot and thought that even though this was a controversial topic, the author did a great job with it. The subject revolves around Georgia and her friend Jonah, and how in his job as a doctor is ordered to stop providing care for people who are transgender. When Jonah refuses, he is fired and this causes Georgia to take matters into her own hands.

This book causes several emotions and makes you rethink ideas such as sexual politics and LGBTQIA+ issues. I love the representation
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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very timely novel about two doctors, Georgia and Johah who are close friends. The hospital they work for tells the doctors not to treat transgender patients. This was a serious look at discrimination, sexuality and humanity. Heavy topics but it's also pretty witty. I loved Georgia! She had me laughing out loud. The story is powerful and very right now. I didn't like it as much as I did her last book. But it's a good read. ...more
Chris S.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone on this site
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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 write
Doris Wiggins
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
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Whew! So much I want to say about this book. I adored Kimmery's first book so was beyond excited for this read - especially with the subject manner as this world and our legalities when it comes to fairness to humans across the board is diminishing. It's heartbreaking and I applaud the author for bringing this to her pages.

Georgia is a very independent female who has relationship issues (girl, I feel you). While I adored her character in her loyalty to her friends (especially her friend who beca
Kate Olson
(free review copy) Important and timely topic with extensive medical content. Crucial to note that Martin did use numerous sensitivity readers.
DNF on page 113.

I really wanted to love this one; the moment I first heard about it it went straight on my TBR and when I received an invitation to review an early copy? I pounced.

Unfortunately, what I wanted out of this book and what I got were two wildly different stories. Before page 30 the meet-cute happens (I use that term SO loosely) and I was utterly grossed out. Georgia is on a plane bound for Amsterdam to attend a medical conference for work when an announcement is made for a doctor. A
Donna Foster
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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So good making it one of the best reads in awhile with precise medical language, information and situations.
Jamie (jamie.bookworm)
When I started this book I thought it was just what the doctor ordered (see what I did there 😜). Although I did enjoy it overall, it ended up just ok for me. I LOVED the first 1/3, it reminded me of the author’s first book, Queen of Hearts, which I loved. It had a similar feel, cute characters and I absolutely loved the medical aspects.

The last 2/3s fell flat for me. Although a timely and important topic is the main storyline, I felt the middle dragged on and the strong message got diluted. It w
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 thr ...more
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. :)
Jennifer Tam
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this boon as much as I did her first!! As a doc, I can relate to much of the book and love her combination of poignancy and hilarity in the book and her characters are wonderful!! And the titles of the chapters - SO GOOD
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Antidote for Everything just took my emotions on the wildest ride and I don’t regret the journey one bit.

Georgia and her best friend Jonah work at the same hospital/clinic and when things start to unravel and Jonah is in danger of losing his job Georgia is torn about what to do.

This book deals with some very heavy topics and touches on today’s relevance of some very difficult moral vs. immoral debates.

Jonah is gay and works with LGBTQ+ patients and the administrators and higher-ups do not wa
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Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times, among others.

A lifelong literary nerd, she promotes reading, interviews authors, and teaches writing seminars, speaking frequently at libraries, conferences, and bookstores around the United States.

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