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.
My Rating: ★★★★★ – 5 star
TWs: homophobia (mentioned, cast in negative light)
We all make good decisions, and bad ones. Got to learn to live with both.
Symptoms of a Heartbreak (or, as my cousin dubbed it, the “medical book”) is ultimately about life: its fragility, its strength, its persistence in the face of tragedy. And Saira Seghal, sixteen-year-old doctor, may know a lot about life and death, but she’s about to discover she doesn’t know what it means to live.
Before I go any further: I’m an Indian reviewer, so it means the absolute world to me that a book featuring an Indian girl as the protag has been published. I relate to this book on so many levels, especially in the family department. Continue reading “Book Review // Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra”