An entertaining read of the many trials and tribulations of being a surgical resident in modern medicine. Generally well-written with intriguing anecdAn entertaining read of the many trials and tribulations of being a surgical resident in modern medicine. Generally well-written with intriguing anecdotes, however I feel the themes were too broad and a bit all over the place. Gawande seems to want to be the next Oliver Sacks in terms of his medical writing, but he jumps around too much, going from medical education to chronic pain to vascular and plastic surgery, and while it gives for nice variety it's not really honed enough to be memorable.
Still a good read however, and I think it will speak to medics of all specialties....more
Interesting read, if quite depressing. Neatly surmises the problems I face with patient health beliefs and how they can be exploited by a profit-greedInteresting read, if quite depressing. Neatly surmises the problems I face with patient health beliefs and how they can be exploited by a profit-greedy industry, as well as the issues with Big Pharma as well....more
My word, this book blew me away! This is the kind of YA book I've been wanting for years but have had to sit through endless paranormal love trianglesMy word, this book blew me away! This is the kind of YA book I've been wanting for years but have had to sit through endless paranormal love triangles or horrible gritty drug addicted runaways instead. So let's break this masterpiece down:
STORY: We follow a chance encounter of a Christopher Winter, who ends up in the possession of a journal belonging to a girl called Yuko Zen. The journal however has more to it than meets the eye and Chris is about to discover some strange and startling secrets.
This is a pretty original premise and the constant tension of the journal's secret had me hooked! It also gets into its stride pretty quick so you're not waiting pages and pages for something to happen, and it's very well paced.
CHARACTERS: While Chris is technically the protagonist, the star of the show has to be Yuko herself. She's painted very believably and we come to know all her mannerisms and habits and it's like being right there with her. We also get to know her best friend Pixie, her mother, and a few other side characters here and there. While there's not a large cast, I feel this lets the relationships come across as more intimate, and also reflects Yuko's personality as someone who only has a few close friends and is an introvert at heart.
On the slight downside, Chris is perhaps drowned out a bit by Yuko as he's not quite as memorable, but the author chose the framing of this novel carefully and it doesn't hurt the story.
SETTING/ VOICE: Most of the story is told through Yuko, and her voice is enticing. It's so believable and trustworthy you want to read on as much as Chris does! You feel her joys and sorrows through each and every word, and the nameless Asian city is pictured and described clearly. I had no problem imaging the array of cafes/ restaurants and apartment blocks.
PRESENTATION: The text is clear, well formatted and I only spotted one typo (a word repetition I think?). I will say though that the cover does let the book's content down a bit, as while it's simple, I don't find it particularly eye catching.
OVERALL: This book is brilliant. The writing is beautiful and intricate, easy to get into, the characters are charming, and the reveal of the story's final secret is definitely all worth the careful build up. I'm so pleased I was able to rekindle my spark for YA after all the dross I've had to sift through lately. Highly, highly recommended!...more