The White Coat Diaries | Arc Review
Hello friends! Can you believe we are in September already? This year has been the longest year in the history of time, but here’s to hoping there will be less hiccups following the rest of 2020.
Without further ado, we wanted to welcome you to our stop on the White Coat Diaries’ blog tour. We would also like to take a moment to thank Berkley Publishing for providing an e-arc to Christie and me in exchange for an honest review. Christie and I have been looking forward to this book since we saw it on Netgalley!
Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life.
Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she’s ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the “perfect Indian daughter” have her questioning her future as a doctor.
Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He’s everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attendings, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with the patients. As he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing.
When a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means risking her career and the future for which she’s worked so hard?
To be extremely honest with you guys, we had a really hard time deciding whether or not we would do a review of this book because of recent events involving the author, Madi Sinha. She attacked a POC reviewer on Twitter for stating that she DNF’d this book and that the reviewer was white, fishing for sympathy, and was attacking BIPOC authors. Madi Sinha proceeded by issuing a general apology post and that she was stepping away from social media for a mental break. From our understanding, a personal apology never happened.
We understand Madi Sinha is human, and humans make mistakes. Being a debut author, it is understandable that you want your book to be well-received; however, as an author, we believe you should know that not everyone will like or even read your book. This is a profession that does require you to have a bit more tougher skin than some other professions. That being said, we are disappointed in how she chose to handle a reviewer’s comment. We did choose to continue with this blog tour because Berkley Publisher reached out to us, and the unfortunate event was nothing that they could have predicted.
We saw Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs and knew we wanted to read this book. One of the things we really enjoyed was because Madi Sinha is a doctor, the language and emotions in the book felt very authentic.
Where do we really begin with this book? It was truly a pleasure to follow Norah Kapadia’s journey through being a young doctor in her internship at a very prestigious hospital, as well as, navigating complex family dynamics.
In this story, the author makes you understand the trials and hardships that happen every day for doctors and nurses in fast paced settings. You feel as if you are on the front lines with them and more than once we found ourselves a little nervous as to what the outcomes would be.
One thing that stood out was just how relatable of a main character Dr. Kapadia was. She was a flawed character, just like the rest of us, learning as she goes and making poor choices and many mistakes. It was a breath of fresh air reading a book that reminds us all that we are human and life is about learning from those mistakes.
Setting aside our thoughts on how the author handled herself, this book really was a solid read and one that we would definitely recommend! From there, it is for you decide if you pick it up or not.
Title: The White Coat Diaries
Author: Madi Sinha
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Thank you again to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing us the opportunity to read and review this book! And as always, thank you all so much for stopping by and supporting our blog!