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The Antidote for Everything

par Kimmery Martin

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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 understanding. The Antidote for Everything takes on the issue of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community specifically in the healthcare world.

I applaud Martin for taking on this highly relevant and important topic and it did seem as though she did her research to connect with people who are actually living this (because yes, this does still happen and without legal ramifications in place!)

This is a medical drama written by someone who obviously knows her stuff as she is a medical doctor herself. There is a certain amount of medical jargon throughout the book but not so much that someone that doesn't work in this field would feel completely confused.

As far as the connection with the characters, that is where it got a little lost for me. I often long for more backstory and I just wanted a little more and to feel more of an understanding of who they were as individuals and in relation to one another. I felt strongly about the topic but unfortunately, things feel a little flat with the actual plotline because I felt I was analyzing things more than getting fully pulled into the writing.

So I have mixed feelings about this one. It was an intriguing storyline that just lacked a strong connection with the characters for me. I do appreciate that she took on this highly relevant and timely topic that hopefully will help raise awareness of something that is still going on right now in our non-fictional world.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. ( )
1 voter genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
I enjoyed it, the writer used humor and drama to create a likable group of characters and a good story that wrapped up nicely at the end. That said, it sometimes felt like the author wasn't sure what she wanted this story to be, a rom-com or a suspenseful drama, so she threw elements of both in and hoped for the best. This made the story feel choppy at times, but it ultimately was an enjoyable read. Both light and dark, this is a good book for those who like some heaviness with their comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and would read this author again. I rated this 4 stars, but it's closer to 3.75 for me. ( )
1 voter bethbordenk | Apr 25, 2020 |
Thank you to Cindy Roesel from Blue Point Press and Berkley for this book.

I've been wanting to read this book ever since it was published due to the nature of the subject. Not a spoiler, but you will be needing the tissues for this one.

I loved the friendship of Georgia Brown (Jonah calls her George) and Jonah Tsukada, a gay doctor, who works in the same clinic. (She calls him Jones), both doctors at a clinic in South Carolina, her a urologist (to me the first female urologist I know in fiction and in real life), who is like her brother and only family. He is discriminated against because of his homosexuality and the clinic tells him not to treat transgender patients. Things really get complicated with a lot going on in both their lives especially in his life when it becomes jeopardized, both physically and mentally.

Mark is the first male she ever falls in love with and he sticks by her through it all. The end of this book is open ended and I hope for a sequel in the future.

I definitely need to read her first book and anything she writes in the future. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Apr 22, 2020 |
I liked the cover more than the story. ( )
  lvmygrdn | Apr 7, 2020 |
Georgia Brown is a urologist at a clinic associated with a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina; her friend Jonah Tsukada is a family practice physician. Both the clinic and the hospital are owned by a fundamentalist megachurch, but until now they've been able to treat patients as they see appropriate.

But Jonah is an out gay man, and he welcomes gay and transgender patients. Georgia, as a urologist, treats some of the same patients. And hospital and clinic policy is about to change. While Georgia is away at a medical conference in Amsterdam, Jonah calls to tell her he's been ordered to drop all his transgender patients, or be fired.

Jonah and Georgia's lives are about to become very interesting.

But it's not just workplace drama and a threat to the integrity of how they practice medicine. While on the plane to Amsterdam, there's a small medical emergency, and Georgia meets Mark, a very successful, and also very hot and very likable, businessman.

Jonah is Georgia's best friend. Mark is the first guy in years who seems likely to be more than just a passing interest for her. And when Mark and Jonah meet, it quickly becomes clear that they, too, will be good friends.

Except that Jonah is being forced out at the hospital; he won't agree to drop his transgender patients, and as a gay man himself, isn't very welcome at the hospital or the clinic anyway. Georgia is an honest and honorable woman, but she's also determined to protect her friend and their patients. Mark is an honest and honorable man, and was badly burned in childhood by the lies around his mother's health and her, to him, sudden death. People lying is a real trigger for him.

And Georgia decides on a very risky path to saving Jonah's job.

It's fascinating, intense, and challenging for Georgia, Jonah, and Mark.

The issues here are real and critical. It's completely legal in more than 30 states to discriminate against LGBTQ people, not only in employment, but even, yes, in providing medical care. What the hospital and clinic are doing in this book is completely legal not just in South Carolina, but in over thirty other states.

And Kimmery Martin makes you feel every single bit of how cruel and destructive this is.

Highly recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily. ( )
1 voter LisCarey | Mar 7, 2020 |
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