Symptoms of a Heartbreak

Imprint. Jul. 2019. 336p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250199102.
Gr 8 Up–Grey’s Anatomy meets When Dimple Met Rishi in this medical romance centered around America’s youngest doctor. Sixteen-year-old Saira is known as the Girl Genius. Driven by the premature death of her childhood friend Harper to cancer, Saira begins a residency in pediatric oncology, where she encounters heartbreak, triumph, and possibly love. As Saira deals with competitive interns, a mom who practices medicine at the same hospital, and a difficult supervisor, her world is turned upside down when she meets a cute 16-year-old cancer patient who steals her heart. Teens will enjoy following Saira on her journey as she balances being a medical doctor and a teen dealing with friendships, family, and learning to drive. Saira’s Indian heritage and family play a major role in the book, giving readers insight into Indian culture and food. A diverse range of characters provides all readers with someone to relate to. Charaipotra’s novel is a perfect blend of family, romance, and the often painful transition from adolescence to adulthood.
VERDICT A first choice for all collections. Give to fans of romance and medical dramas such as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

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