The Antidote For Everything by Kimmery Martin
Publisher: Books on Tape
Genres: Fiction, Medical, Contemporary
Narrator: Rita Sharma
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes
Publication Date: 18th February 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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 Jonah Tsukada, a funny, empathetic family medicine doctor who works at the same hospital in Charleston, South Carolina and who has become as close as family to her.
Just after Georgia leaves the country for a medical conference, Jonah shares startling news. The hospital is instructing doctors to stop providing medical care for transgender patients. Jonah, a gay man, is the first to be fired when he refuses to abandon his patients. Stunned by the predicament of her closest friend, Georgia’s natural instinct is to fight alongside him. But when her attempts to address the situation result in incalculable harm, both Georgia and Jonah find themselves facing the loss of much more than their careers.”
My Thoughts & Review
As I mentioned in one my WWW Wednesday posts a few weeks ago I went into this book without knowing much about it, but I was really drawn to it by the front cover. I went into this book with little expectations and was surprised to find that it turned out to be quite a good book, but at the same time it had its flaws.
The Antidote for Everything follows urologist Georgia Brown and her friend Jonah. They discover that the clinic they work for will no longer be accepting patients from the LGBT+ community and both Georgia and Jon refuse to abandon their patients.
The plot started off really interesting especially because of the topics covered in the book but sadly things started go downhill. I think the main reason for this was the love trope. It was here that I lost interest. I didn’t want to read about Georgia’s relationship and love life, I wanted the more of the main plot, I wanted to know more about the important issues such as what would happen to all the patients who were being refused treatment because of their gender.
Now, although I had problems with the plot I really loved reading the medical aspect of this book. Martin’s medical knowledge really showed. These were my favourite parts on the side of the main plot.
In terms of the characters, I really liked Georgia at the beginning but as the story continued I really started to question some of her actions and decisions. I didn’t like Georgia’s boyfriend Mark, he just got my nerves and there was just too much about him in the book. In my opinion he was just an unnecessary character. Now Jonah, well what can I say he was my favourite. He came across as a passionate and caring person, and I felt very sorry for him. He had so much to deal with.
Overall The Antidote for Everything was another one of those books that didn’t quite wow me but one that I enjoyed to some extent. I would still recommend this book to readers as I think others will enjoy it much, much more.
This was my first book by Kimmery Martin, but I have discovered that she has written a previous novel so I will look into at another date.
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