Book Review: The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin

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Publish Date: February 18, 2020

Sometimes the cure is worse than the poison. ” — The Antidote for Everything

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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.

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Kimmery Martin has done it again. She has written a highly entertaining, funny book about friendship and contemporary social issues wrapped around medical drama.

The best thing about this book is the BFF relationship of Georgia and Jonah. Their relationship depicts a strong interpersonal, non-sexual bond between a man and a woman that contribute to the friendship equally and have been through good times and bad for many years. They are as thick as thieves. I enjoyed experiencing their friendship.

My favorite quotes:

“Melatonin is okay but bourbon works much better.”

“I’m a little bit afraid of the way your mind works. Try to tone down the crazy.”

“We live in a society where wrongdoers immediately shift the conversation: blaming the victim, lying, delegitimizing those who are outraged, so the crime becomes condemning the crime, not committing the crime.”

“We live in an age of normalized lying.”

This book is about friendship, love, commitment, ethics, addiction, family, loss, healing, and hope. The social issues explored in this book are impactful, and reflect what is really happening in society today.

I loved the humor. It made me laugh out loud so many times. The author’s writing style is so warm, friendly, and funny like her first book. I liked the first book better, but this book was very enjoyable.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Note: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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