Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra
Publish Date: July 2,2019
Synopsis: The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds—and falls head over heels—in Sona Charaipotra’s contemporary romantic comedy.
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.
Disclosure: ARC provided for an honest review. #partner
I enjoyed Sona Charaipotra’s Symptoms of a Heartbreak so much! I was initially drawn to the cover. Medical contemporary? Yes. Rom-com? Yes. And when I was introduced to Saira? I mean, the first few pages of her trying to get to work on time had me laughing. I knew I was going to enjoy Sona’s writing.
Saira is a sixteen-year-old medical prodigy, working in the pediatric oncology in a very competitive internship program. She gets a lot of pushback because she’s young. But she holds her own, and I enjoyed getting to know her. She’s a go-getter, and she has to be with what she’s accomplished so far. But I love that about her, because a voice like hers needs to be heard more often.
And there’s Link. I won’t talk much into detail about him, because I don’t want to give anything away. But the romance and relationship between Link and Saira was just right, and very fitting for this book. It was a progression, and it was not the main attraction. But I think there are times when an experience and the characters need to stand out more than just a plot point.
I wish there were more of some things. Because this is categorized as an #ownvoices story, I was excited at the integration of the Indian culture. Saira’s family is a side character all on their own, and I’ve enjoyed all the scenes with them.
One thing I will warn you about is the topic of cancer. Specifically, childhood cancer. It’s hard for me to read about cancer sometimes. I get emotionally invested, and for this story? You bet there were tears.
I enjoyed Saira and Symptoms of a Heartbreak! I am looking forward to see more of Sona’s work.
*Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*