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Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life. Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she's ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep de Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life. Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she's ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the "perfect Indian daughter" have her questioning her future as a doctor. Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He's everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attendings, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with the patients. As he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing. When a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means risking her career and the future for which she’s worked so hard?


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Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life. Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she's ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep de Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life. Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she's ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the "perfect Indian daughter" have her questioning her future as a doctor. Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He's everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attendings, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with the patients. As he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing. When a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means risking her career and the future for which she’s worked so hard?

30 review for The White Coat Diaries

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    DNF @ 30% I really didn't like the voice of the MC in this one, plus the way that she was portrayed as everything you would expect from a stereotypical medstudent/resident kind of got on my nerves, I just wanted a little bit nuance to her character and background but as far as I read there was none and I wasn't interest enough to see if that would get better.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    I loved this book! As an ER nurse this definately resonated with me. Honestly I will be excited to see what non medical people think of this book. I am not sure if I enjoyed it so much because I nodded my head like a billion times going - yep that is how the ED rolls because there is so much truth in this book. If you are expecting a rom-com I would say it really isn't that. It is more like the struggles that a new physician takes on in a crazy environment. I flew through this book in a day as I I loved this book! As an ER nurse this definately resonated with me. Honestly I will be excited to see what non medical people think of this book. I am not sure if I enjoyed it so much because I nodded my head like a billion times going - yep that is how the ED rolls because there is so much truth in this book. If you are expecting a rom-com I would say it really isn't that. It is more like the struggles that a new physician takes on in a crazy environment. I flew through this book in a day as I was completely entertained. Norah - aka Dr. Kapadia is a resident that gets thrown into the craziness of the ED. Welcome to our world Norah. I love that this book shows how things really are. The general public I believe is under the impression that if you graduate medical school, you know it all. Okay people but not every situation can be taught in med school. Although Nora made some major mistakes, I can't say I have not seen things like this happen. Although in real life I think someone would have stepped in and stopped her, but that would not make this as entertaining or as shocking as it was. I felt Norah's pain as she questioned herself and hid in the storage room. When she had her first needle stick- yep that will make you question- why the hell am I doing this? Better yet the abuse you take from the general public. She nailed it on some of that. Quite frankly she downplayed that because the readers probably wouldn't believe that patients actually do this stuff. HAHAHA- believe me they do. I have had someone pour their urine on my computer keyboard...because their doctor didn't give them what they wanted. So Norah's story nailed it! Why did give it 4 stars even though I loved it? It is because I was a bit put off by a huge moral dilemma that takes place. Let's just say I am one of those "ER nurses" that Norah thought were against her. I would not let that happen on my watch. I would go over Norah's head because it is my job to be my patient's advocate- not my job to worry if the physician is going to be mad at me. I really enjoyed this book and it kept me flipping the pages. It was better than Grey's Anatomy because the author is a physician and knows the proper lingo. I don't know if some of this will be lost on non medical people, but it wasn't lost on me. Very enjoyable read for me. I loved it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    When somebody advertise this book as Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs I honestly say “get out of here” or “are you serious?” because this book is too realistic and serious to remind us of tele novella kind of Shondaland series! And let’s not forget this is also not sarcastic and funny approach to doctors’ lives which are tremendously challenging, demanding. So let’s say, it’s at the zone of ER meets New Amsterdam: High tensioned, emotional, inspirational. Great things about the book: well-crafted stor When somebody advertise this book as Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs I honestly say “get out of here” or “are you serious?” because this book is too realistic and serious to remind us of tele novella kind of Shondaland series! And let’s not forget this is also not sarcastic and funny approach to doctors’ lives which are tremendously challenging, demanding. So let’s say, it’s at the zone of ER meets New Amsterdam: High tensioned, emotional, inspirational. Great things about the book: well-crafted story telling, capturing chapters, likable characters and true, intense and heartfelt approach to our real heroes a.k.a doctor’ lives. Especially when we’re testing ourselves psychically and mentally to fight against the pandemic in these days, they never stop to work, saving people’s lives in expanse to put their own health into danger. I truly loved Norah Kapadia as a character. It was so easy to resonate with her, worrying about her struggles to fit in the medical world and work harder to realize her family’s expectations, balance her romantic involvements and her friendships. It’s so important for her to be praised by her mentor Ethan Cantor. He is her role model and she wants to be capable to keep her calmness during daily emergencies and handle them with care. But sometimes their motto: “do not harm” may conflict with ethics and Norah finds herself to do the wrong thing to make things right. But her dilemma will change her view not only about her profession but her entire life. Is she at the right place and doing the right thing? I enjoyed the family dynamics, self-discovery of Norah who finally understands her place in her family, in the hospital and finally in the universe. It’s realistic, fast pacing, emotional, gripping and well-written story and it’s also one of my fastest readings because the story-telling kept my attraction intact and it was real great break for me after reading so much thriller stories. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this remarkable ARC with me in exchange my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    August 16, 2020: The author subtweeted a blogger of color who didn't like their book and had DNFed it, so there's no way I would support this. August 11, 2020: It's a shame I'm hearing about this book only now when South-Asian rep and medical romance IS MY FAVE

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Giovino

    I normally do not rate books without actually reading said book. But this author is problematic. She has come after a fellow book blogger, Fadwa, because she dnf'd this book. She has deleted her tweet but her words still stand. She tried painting Fadwa as a white person, she is not white. She has not issued an apology to Fadwa personally. She has done nothing but try to make herself look better. I will not pick up a book by this author because she cannot take criticism well and god forbid I end u I normally do not rate books without actually reading said book. But this author is problematic. She has come after a fellow book blogger, Fadwa, because she dnf'd this book. She has deleted her tweet but her words still stand. She tried painting Fadwa as a white person, she is not white. She has not issued an apology to Fadwa personally. She has done nothing but try to make herself look better. I will not pick up a book by this author because she cannot take criticism well and god forbid I end up not liking this book and I write a bad review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    PROBLEMATIC AUTHOR ALERT! I will not be reading and reviewing this book thanks to the author deciding to attack a BIPOC book blogger on Twitter who didn’t enjoy this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    nitya

    Attacking a black and indigenous blogger and giving a half assed, performative apology is never a good look. I was interested in reading this but will seek out other titles by authors who know to respect reviewers/bloggers. Also? As an Indian myself, please don't throw black people under the bus in order to get sympathy. You're part of the problem.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    Zero interest in reading a book by an author that goes after a reviewer liked this author did.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A compelling story of personal, familial, and cultural expectations. Madi Sinha is a practicing physician, she really brought an authentic feel to the story and yet it was still extremely accessible. This is the story of Nora and her first year of residency at a prestigious hospital in Philadelphia. We watch Nora deal with the stress, the rigor, the sleepless nights, and the politics of her year as the intern. This is definitely not sugarcoated. It is a year of being judged, humiliated, humbled, A compelling story of personal, familial, and cultural expectations. Madi Sinha is a practicing physician, she really brought an authentic feel to the story and yet it was still extremely accessible. This is the story of Nora and her first year of residency at a prestigious hospital in Philadelphia. We watch Nora deal with the stress, the rigor, the sleepless nights, and the politics of her year as the intern. This is definitely not sugarcoated. It is a year of being judged, humiliated, humbled, shamed, and rarely complemented. All I could think while I was reading this is, why would anyone put themselves through this? And then I thought why do we need to put anyone through this? I really don’t understand why a sleep deprived doctor is ever a good idea it just seems like it’s a recipe for mistakes. BUT believe it or not... nobody asked me. On top of all this Nora is also dealing with familial and cultural expectations. Her mom is lonely, needy, and a hypochondriac. She is constantly making Nora feel guilty for her choices. Not to mention mom is constantly badgering Nora to find a man. Nora‘s brother Paul is at his wits end and tired of being the only one responsible for their mom, he wants Nora to share the load. But how can Nora do that when she’s working constantly not to mention she lives hours away. Nora was a very likable and sympathetic character. She has spent her whole life working for this. Foregoing any type of romantic or social life to reach her dream of being a doctor. I felt for her and the struggle she had in balancing everything. Her mom‘s actions would frustrate me, but I did understand that her culture is different from my own. I love the part the Indian culture played in the book, especially the food! There is a small dose of romance in this book, but this is by no stretch of the imagination a romance or a romcom. I would classify this as a well done interesting women’s fiction story. This book in emojis 🧑‍⚕️ 🩺 💉 🩹 🌡 📋 *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hitha

    This is usually the kind of book I LOVE - South Asian woman protagonist, highly ambitious, reconciling between two worlds, set in Philadelphia AND in a hospital. It had such potential and I immediately gravitated toward it when I spotted it here. I wish I could give this book a positive review. I wanted to love it. I did not. Norah is one-dimensional and I never get any sense of depth or growth from her, nor much empathy until the very end of the book. Her lack of awareness could be attributed to This is usually the kind of book I LOVE - South Asian woman protagonist, highly ambitious, reconciling between two worlds, set in Philadelphia AND in a hospital. It had such potential and I immediately gravitated toward it when I spotted it here. I wish I could give this book a positive review. I wanted to love it. I did not. Norah is one-dimensional and I never get any sense of depth or growth from her, nor much empathy until the very end of the book. Her lack of awareness could be attributed to a challenging home life (which I get), but it didn't make her at all relatable or draw sympathy from the reader. None of the characters seem at all developed, and this book read like a mishmash of television medical dramas that didn't bake nearly long enough. This was almost a DNF, and I wish I had trusted my instincts on that front.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vanshika Prusty

    don’t go after reviewers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Letizia (bookbosomed_jess)

    Hard pass on authors who attack BIPOC reviewers for DNFing their books and posting on Goodreads about it, especially when their twitter rant implies the reviewer “scams” authors into giving them ARCs under the guise of promoting diversity, thereby implying said reviewer is white which she is NOT.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Medha Upadhyay

    “People in other, normal jobs might have their computer crash or someone took their hole puncher—that’s their day-to-day office crap. Our day-to-day office crap is death and human suffering.” The White Coat Diaries offers a peek behind the curtain, revealing the inner workings of a doctor’s life. It shows the truth of what goes on behind closed doors in a hospital, the unglamorous truth of saving lives. And I’m not gonna lie, it was not exactly an easy pill to swallow. Norah slowly learns the imp “People in other, normal jobs might have their computer crash or someone took their hole puncher—that’s their day-to-day office crap. Our day-to-day office crap is death and human suffering.” The White Coat Diaries offers a peek behind the curtain, revealing the inner workings of a doctor’s life. It shows the truth of what goes on behind closed doors in a hospital, the unglamorous truth of saving lives. And I’m not gonna lie, it was not exactly an easy pill to swallow. Norah slowly learns the importance of work-life balance, and the book makes the bureaucratic structure of the healthcare system clear. We get to see just how hard our doctors work to keep us safe, and how heavily every mistake weighs on them. Still, seeing how many mistakes occur is bone-chilling. It is no one’s fault exactly; there are just too many patients and far too few doctors. More than anything, The White Coat Diaries made me realize just how fragile the human body is, and that doctors are often just shooting in the dark. It’s not exactly comforting stuff. As far as the plot goes, there isn’t really one. The “cover-up” does not occur until 75% of the way into the novel (I know because I was reading on my kindle). This means that the first 75% passes by with … no plot. It kind of just flows by like a memoir. The resolution did not sit well with me, and I feel like it left a lot of strings loose. There isn’t really a clean ending, and characters just drop out of the story. While this happens in real life, it’s pretty disconcerting when it happens in a novel. Interesting stuff does happen throughout the story, but there is no real overarching plot tying it all together. Everything turns sideways in the last 10% of the book, and the book ends rather abruptly. Without giving too much away, it just seemed extremely out of character and sudded. While I understand that Norah is supposed to grow, her final actions do not seem like they belong to her at all. The characters are all relatable and realistic, but they all seem lightweight and do little to impact the story. We mainly focus on Norah and her struggles with her work, which is the main point of the story after all. We get to hear just how exhausted she is, over and over, until it makes you kind of exhausted with the book itself. There were many points in the book where I genuinely had no idea where the story was going. I was expecting a drama, with a dose of righteousness, but I stumbled into a humdrum expose about the medical industry instead. I feel like the blurb itself was rather misleading, because I just immediately started imagining a rom com. One of the reasons I picked up this book was because of the representation. The White Coat Diaries fared well on this point, portraying Norah’s struggle with her family in a relatable and understandable way. Sinha weaves in points that all Indian families can relate to, while also making Norah’s mother a real character and not just a stereotypical Indian mom. The mental struggles surrounding the South Asian community are well developed and feel natural rather than forced. At the same time, it never becomes the focal point of the story and is slipped in every now and then as an underlying conflict. Overall, The White Coat Diaries provides a sneakily harrowing peek into the life of a doctor-in-training and the frustrations that plague her at every step, both personal and professional. While Norah is an inherently interesting character, she is let down by an ultimately underwhelming plot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    This was a major disappointment. Longer, rant-y review on NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Taiwo | A Lifestyle Nerd

    I never rate books I don't read but I'll make an exception in this case. This author is a very problematic person. She attacked a Black, queer reviewer for her HONEST (and very fair) review, implied that the reviewer was white to gain sympathy, called the reviewer a scammer for a project she does WITHOUT BEING PAID, LIED that the reviewer was a "repeat offender" and when called out, she made an half-assed, performative apology which ended with "going off Twitter for my mental health" as though t I never rate books I don't read but I'll make an exception in this case. This author is a very problematic person. She attacked a Black, queer reviewer for her HONEST (and very fair) review, implied that the reviewer was white to gain sympathy, called the reviewer a scammer for a project she does WITHOUT BEING PAID, LIED that the reviewer was a "repeat offender" and when called out, she made an half-assed, performative apology which ended with "going off Twitter for my mental health" as though the mental health of the reviewer is unimportant. This author deserves none of my (or anyone's) coins, and I'm making a special shelf called "problematic authors" because of her. To any authors reading this, if you can't handle negative (or bland) reviews of your book, please STAY OFF GOODREADS!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucien Welsh

    I can't even think about potentially reading a book by an author who thinks it's okay to attack reviewers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lucia✍

    I don’t usually rate books I haven’t read and I do agree that this author lashing out after a bad review wasn’t the best, yet I don’t support numerous people coming to rate her book poorly just to hurt her. This is her debut novel and it should be understood that she’s probably new to all of this which is why she acted tactlessly. The Book Blogger has lots of following and her poor review would definitely affect the mindset of her followers towards the book. That probably hurt the author terribl I don’t usually rate books I haven’t read and I do agree that this author lashing out after a bad review wasn’t the best, yet I don’t support numerous people coming to rate her book poorly just to hurt her. This is her debut novel and it should be understood that she’s probably new to all of this which is why she acted tactlessly. The Book Blogger has lots of following and her poor review would definitely affect the mindset of her followers towards the book. That probably hurt the author terribly hence she lashed out. (Not saying it was the best approach but she’s human). Don’t ruin somebody’s work just to spite her.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    I understand that writing a book is hard work and takes countless hours of brainstorming, writing, editing, etc. However, authors are never, ever entitled to book bloggers' / readers' praise. A respectable, honest review is better than a false, lie-filled one. While I was originally interested in this, I will no longer be picking it up. Subtweeting a book blogger on Twitter, accusing a bipoc blogger of using diversity as a performative trick to get arcs, and implying said blogger as white to gain I understand that writing a book is hard work and takes countless hours of brainstorming, writing, editing, etc. However, authors are never, ever entitled to book bloggers' / readers' praise. A respectable, honest review is better than a false, lie-filled one. While I was originally interested in this, I will no longer be picking it up. Subtweeting a book blogger on Twitter, accusing a bipoc blogger of using diversity as a performative trick to get arcs, and implying said blogger as white to gain sympathy were all extremely juvenile and immature actions. I'm sorry, I can't support this. No one is entitled to anyone else's time, and erasing the hard work this blogger has put into her initiatives is incredibly harmful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Reading

    I will not be reading this book, this author really went after a reviewer, defamed her on twitter in front of everyone. Made it seem like the reviewer was a white person when infact she's Black and Indigenous and never wrote a negative/bashing review about the book. Hard pass, never reading any of her works at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Saumya Dave

    I LOVED this novel and can't wait to share it both with my colleagues in medicine and the readers in my life. Madi Sinha's witty, heartfelt novel navigates the worlds of medicine and South Asian culture. Readers everywhere will root for Norah Kapadia's compelling journey of self-discovery. Told with equal parts wit and warmth, this story beautifully explores ambition, romance, and identity.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mar ─☆*:・゚

    imagine attacking a BIPOC reviewer on Twitter bc they dnf-ed your book, and then after being called out don't issue a personal response but try to defuse the situation to make it better for yourself. Won't be reading this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Rockaway

    Charming, authentic, and deeply moving, The White Coat Diaries explores one young doctor's quest for meaning amid the competing demands of career ambition, family obligation, and romantic entanglement. With her elegant, fast-paced prose, Madi Sinha will captivate you from the first line -- and have you rooting for the heroine until the very end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Margarita Montimore

    An engrossing story featuring an endearing protagonist. Madi Sinha offers a compelling glimpse into the world of medicine and desi culture through Norah Kapadia, a witty, fierce, memorable character. As Norah navigates her personal and professional struggles, she may falter, but she's never defeated. Readers will delight in her self-discovery and development—both as a doctor and an individual.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annie Zhang

    I'd never heard of this author or this book until I stumbled upon book blogger Fadwa's tweets about the author, Madi Sinha's, treatment of her: in it she describes how the author defamed and attacked her after providing a negative review of her book (she got it as an ARC) on Goodreads, claiming that the blogger (who is a woman of color and whose blog promotes books written by authors of color) is viciously coming for authors of color and that she's bashing the book all over social media. Neither I'd never heard of this author or this book until I stumbled upon book blogger Fadwa's tweets about the author, Madi Sinha's, treatment of her: in it she describes how the author defamed and attacked her after providing a negative review of her book (she got it as an ARC) on Goodreads, claiming that the blogger (who is a woman of color and whose blog promotes books written by authors of color) is viciously coming for authors of color and that she's bashing the book all over social media. Neither of those statements are true. Sinha's apology was half-assed as best and clearly indicates that she cannot take any criticism and has the emotional maturity of a 7 year old: if the author's behavior is something that matters to you, then consider avoiding this book and author until she provides an actual apology that indicates she has truly learned from this situation. Details on what happened can be found by going through Fadwa's Twitter account (because Sinha deleted all her defamatory tweets): https://twitter.com/wordwoonders

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Mack

    Won't even consider reading a book where an author attacks a reviewer for DNFing it. On top of this she attempted to claim the reviewer was attacking BIPOC authors when she just has the emotional maturity of a child. Will not even attempt to read this, nor will I ever read something from this author. She recently tried to excuse her actions as "venting" when in reality it was so much worse. Attempting to defame and ridicule a book reviewer is sad and hurtful and until a better, proper apology com Won't even consider reading a book where an author attacks a reviewer for DNFing it. On top of this she attempted to claim the reviewer was attacking BIPOC authors when she just has the emotional maturity of a child. Will not even attempt to read this, nor will I ever read something from this author. She recently tried to excuse her actions as "venting" when in reality it was so much worse. Attempting to defame and ridicule a book reviewer is sad and hurtful and until a better, proper apology comes out...well. Even then I don't think I could read something by her because she obviously is just sad she got caught.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    It is very seldom that I find myself at a loss for words when I review a book. But, in this case, I am having difficulty finding the right words to describe what I feel about what the writers intent was for the reader. That she has a flair for light comedy; drama; budding romance; truth will prevail; coming of age (a little older than most)? What ever the author's intent she had my attention from the first pages until the final page. I laughed. I cried. I enjoyed her foray into romance. I deligh It is very seldom that I find myself at a loss for words when I review a book. But, in this case, I am having difficulty finding the right words to describe what I feel about what the writers intent was for the reader. That she has a flair for light comedy; drama; budding romance; truth will prevail; coming of age (a little older than most)? What ever the author's intent she had my attention from the first pages until the final page. I laughed. I cried. I enjoyed her foray into romance. I delighted in the heroines coming of age and the accepting of responsibility for her actions. But the ending was brilliant and leaves me waiting for the next phase of this character's story. I highly recommend this book to readers who are looking for a refreshing change to the usual fare offered the reading public. I have rated this book 5 stars. I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review. Thank you Frank for your review!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    Will not be reading this one and will be staying as far away from her books as possible. Dragged a POC reviewer online for a two sentence DNF review only shared on Goodreads. Have some class.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Verant

    This wonderfully written book provides a voyeuristic view of the trials and tribulations of our protagonist: Norah Kapadia, a young doctor. Truly eye-opening, we not only get a realistic story of what our medical professionals face, but we also get a story delivered with heart and humor (one particular scene had me laughing out loud), touching upon family/personal relationships and finding yourself. Norah is a flawed character (like all real humans) and she makes mistakes and some very bad decis This wonderfully written book provides a voyeuristic view of the trials and tribulations of our protagonist: Norah Kapadia, a young doctor. Truly eye-opening, we not only get a realistic story of what our medical professionals face, but we also get a story delivered with heart and humor (one particular scene had me laughing out loud), touching upon family/personal relationships and finding yourself. Norah is a flawed character (like all real humans) and she makes mistakes and some very bad decisions. For me, this made her all the more relatable. Life, after all, isn’t perfect and can be very unpredictable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    No thanks.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lilly Schmaltz

    AUGUST 2020 UPDATE: Unfortunately, after witnessing the author lie and defame the character of a POC book influencer, I can no longer give my support. ​ —————- Norah Kapadia is a medical intern quickly learning the ropes of Philadelphia General Hospital. Each day presents new challenges and she quickly learns that sometimes, working in a hospital isn't always about putting the patients first. Between trying to follow in her father's footsteps, being the "perfect Indian daughter", and graduating f AUGUST 2020 UPDATE: Unfortunately, after witnessing the author lie and defame the character of a POC book influencer, I can no longer give my support. ​ —————- Norah Kapadia is a medical intern quickly learning the ropes of Philadelphia General Hospital. Each day presents new challenges and she quickly learns that sometimes, working in a hospital isn't always about putting the patients first. Between trying to follow in her father's footsteps, being the "perfect Indian daughter", and graduating from residency, she wonders how she can handle it all. When a fatal mistake results in a lawsuit, she must decide for herself where her loyalties lie. This was an interesting read. I loved the medical detail and appreciated that a practicing physician authored the book. It was like "Grey's Anatomy" with the crazy cases and questionable relationships between medical personnel. The book's strongest aspects were the plots surrounding the grueling life of medical residents and inner working of a hospital. Norah was an okay character for me. I didn't think there was much character development until the very end. Likewise, her relationship with her family and constant battle choosing between them and work was important for the first half of the book, then began to disappear, and then seemed to be mostly resolved without much explanation by the end. There was less romance than I expected after reading the book jacket summary and some of the supporting characters seemed to just have disappeared for the last 25% of the book. It was a good read if you enjoy medical dramas, but if you are looking for a contemporary romance, you should look elsewhere. Overall, it was intriguing and I did enjoy reading about the characters, but I was disappointed by how the plot was resolved. It lacked proper closure and seemed a bit too convenient.

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