Book Review: Symptom of a Heart Break by Sona Charaipotra

Title: Symptoms of a Heart Break
By: Sona Charaipotra
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Release Date: July 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for young adult readers needing an infusion of something heartfelt.

Review: This was a fun Doogie Howser kind of story (if you don't know who Doogie Howser is, Google it.) The main character was smart and funny, but still so young and dealing with young people problems. How do you balance life as a doctor with your friends in high school? Can it really be done? There was a sad underlying tone to the story with the friend who died of cancer. It is brought up throughout the story, bringing the character back down to earth and giving her drive to push through the tough stuff. I really enjoyed this book. It was worth the read.

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