4 out of 4 stars
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The White Coat Effect by L.B. Wells is a romance novel about a young Jewish woman who studies to become a doctor. Rory’s beautiful mother and her affluent doctor father made her feel inferior as she was growing up. Although they moved into a museum-like home when she was a teenager, her mother constantly scolded her for touching things. Up to her teenage years, Rory had been rejected by any boys she fantasized about because of her egg-shaped figure. Her mother always told her that she was the type of girl who survived by using her brains and not one who survived by being taken care of because of her beauty. Rory’s mother told her she needed to become a doctor, gain material wealth, have a happy Jewish family lifestyle, and become part of high society. In her first clinical year in medical school at City Hospital in Westport, Rory meets an Arabian named Amir Hadid. Can they combine their different religions and cultures? Will their parents accept them? Does Rory succeed in medical school?
L.B. Wells has done a fantastic job of telling this story from Rory’s perspective and taking her from being a weak, introverted, self-absorbed child to a strong woman. All of the characters in the book are fully developed and can be easily visualized in their settings. For example, one of the patients Rory encountered during her rotation in a psychiatric hospital claimed that she could see huge purple hickeys on her neck. I laughed when Rory decided that all surgeons had violent tendencies that they repressed and turned into a desire to help people and not kill them. I enjoyed reading about the different patients Rory and her friends encountered while doing their hospital rotations.
There are only a couple of negative aspects to this book. There was one instance where text in Spanish did not have a clear interpretation following it. However, this did not distract from my reading pleasure. I did feel that there is some bias against men in this book as they were portrayed as chauvinistic, powerful, and sexist.
Overall, this is an enjoyable book that will make you cringe and laugh at the same time. I feel the book has been edited by a professional editor as there were only a few errors that could have been easily overlooked. I have no reason not to give this book 4 out of 4 stars.
The sexual content and non-borderline profanity make this book appropriate for mature adult readers who enjoy romance novels. Readers interested in medical school will enjoy the book as well, as the author discusses some of the issues medical students encounter doing rotations through the different medical fields.
The White Coat Effect
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