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Symptoms of a Heartbreak

By Nayanika Kapoor, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Emotional tale of girl genius who's both doctor and teen.

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This heartwarming story about the realities of illness, love, and friendship is great for readers interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Though Saira obviously does not follow a traditional path, the book describes illness and the medical profession in great detail and gives readers an overview of what life working in a hospital could be like. It may inspire some readers to pursue medicine, while discouraging others because of the intensity and tough decisions that Saira has to make. Fans of Bollywood and Indian culture will love the mouth-watering descriptions of Indian food, tidbits of Hindi, and references to several Bollywood films throughout the book. It also has strong messages about standing up for what you believe in and living life to the fullest every single day.

Saira’s decisions can sometimes be impulsive, defiant, or downright unsafe, and she faces consequences for them. Readers may find themselves cringing and frustrated at some of her decisions, but will end up rooting for her because of her intentions and pluck.

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