The publication of Sick Girl garnered tremendous attention, generated impressive sales, and ignited controversy. Both inspiring and provocative, reactions to the book ranged from inflammatory posts on a US News & World Report blog to hundreds of letters to a full-page review in People. Amy's force, her candor, and her refusal to be the thankful patient from whom we expect undiluted gratitude for the medical treatments that have extended her life have put her at the center of a debate on patient rights and the omnipotent power of doctors.
At 24 Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down...until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband and her uncompromising desire to become a mother.
In her remarkable book she presents a patient's perspective with shocking honesty that allows the listener to live her nightmare from the inside - an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.
This book truly shows what living with an illness can do to your mental health. I really enjoyed it.
I appreciate the voice she gives to the chronically ill patient... however, she behaves terribly to the medical staff that saved her life... and gave her life with her child. Is there some sort of law that doctors are supposed to be able to save everyone and fix everything? Her POV comes off as childish. My husband is chronically ill, has been since he was 7, takes immunosuppresive drugs- has scans and drs appointments and surgeries all the time... he has never behaved like this to the people who are trying (with the best that modern medicine has to offer) to help him.
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Good book and I mostly didn't mind the voicing, except for the fact that every male character has the same sarcastic sounding voice. Really started to get to me toward the end of the book!