This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, David Z Hirsch. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Didn't Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Author, David Z Hirsch
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A rousing, comic novel about four years in the life of an intrepid young medical student, set in the grueling world of an elite NYC medical school. Medical student Seth Levine faces escalating stress and gallows humor as he struggles with the collapse of his romantic relationships and all preconceived notions of what it means to be a doctor. It doesn't take long before he realizes not getting frazzled is the least of his problems. Seth encounters a student so arrogant he boasts that he'll eat any cadaver part he can't name, an instructor so dedicated she tests the student's ability to perform a gynecological exam on herself, and a woman so captivating that Seth will do whatever it takes to make her laugh, including regale her with a story about a diagnostic squabble over an erection. Didn't Get Frazzled captures with distressing accuracy the gauntlet idealistic college grads must face to secure an MD and, against the odds, come out of it a better human being. If only medical school was actually this entertaining! Grab your copy today.
I like to challenge myself from time to time to step out and read something new. I have never read a medical fiction book before, which Didn’t Get Frazzled truly is. This story follows around Seth Levine as he navigates the world of being a medical student in New York City. This book is set in the early ninety’s and is written with the right proportions between all the medical jargon and Seth’s personal life.
Seth is fresh into medical school with a skip in his step. He is so sure that if he just focuses on studying everything is going to work out as he planned. Then reality starts to sink in. Getting a medical degree is harder than he imagined. Not only does he need to hit the books but there are also the hands-on classes that he needs in order to learn anatomy or the correct way to do procedures. Oh my Lord, some of those scenes had my sides splitting. If I was not cracking up then I was a bit grossed out but never turned off. There is a great balance there that can appeal to all readers, even the ones with no medical background.
Seth has a main squeeze in this book named April, they had met and dated in college and are trying to make a go of continuing their relationship while he is in med school. Did not like her character at all. She was just ridiculous, annoying, and written realistically. I could see this character being inspired by a real-life April. Whom I would not like in real life either. Even though Seth knows she is all wrong for him her familiarity in a new situation is comforting and he works really hard to make things work. I enjoyed watching this character develop. His journey was one of joy, heartache and realization.
This was a fun read with plenty to offer. This is a nothing held back journey that is graphic, disgusting at times, and introspective as well. The writing touches you in a way that makes you feel like you know Seth or that he could be someone you have met. It also gives you some insight into how grueling becoming a M.D. can be. If I didn’t already know, this story would convince me that that path is not for me. If you are looking for a different type of read then I suggest you give this book a try. If nothing else it will have your side in stitches!
*Thank you to David Z. Hirsch for this complimentary copy of Didn’t Get Frazzled*