Thursday, February 20, 2020

Review: The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin

The Antidote for Everything
by Kimmery Martin

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 352
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  The second book by Kimmery Martin and I am officially a fan of her writing.  Both of her books center around the medical community and both handle some hard topics.  They are not a series, but I would high suggest reading both of them.

This book centers around a man and a woman who have an intense friendship - enough to make each other their healthcare power of attorney.  Georgia Brown is a female urologist which is unique (something I learned), she has been in her field for a long time and prides herself on being a good doctor for each of her patients.  Jonah Tsukada is a primary care physician who is willing to treat all sorts of patients, he has many who are transitioning or are queer and being a gay man himself can provide an extra dose of empathy when treating them.  

These two and their friendship really made the book for me.  I love how they played off of each other and how they supported each other.  I wouldn't mind another book about this pair.  They reminded me of a few friendships that I have where you can support one another but also push each other to become better people.  

The other thing that made this book for me was the topic that she tackled - private medical care being able to make decisions about who they do and who they don't treat.  I knew before reading this book that this was a fact, but to read about it just really made it real and heartbreaking.  I can't imagine having hospital executives tell me a doctor who I can and can't treat due to social decisions that the patients make - that just blows my mind.

I love Kimmery Martin's writing, characters and plot.  It also helps that her books have been set so far in cities that I love - Charlotte and Charleston.  She is definitely worth picking up and spending some time with.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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