Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book 14 (2011): Against Medical Advice

This is the story of Cory, a boy diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder when he was five years old.

And no matter what medical specialist after medical specialist did, no matter the drugs nor the tests, he just kept getting worse. Nothing made him better.

Cory's dad teamed with James Patterson to tell the tale of this family's struggle as they try and save their son.

I like that it's a non- fiction story written like fiction. It keeps pace with Patterson's traditional quick writing style, simple and easy reading. It's told in four parts.

I was frustraed with the ending. It felt like an entirely different voice, like a third person stepped in the write the final section. it felt lack luster and limp.

The story is tragic and sad and harrowing. My grade is not for the story or the person or the family who suffered but it's all about the presentation, the voice, the tone, the writing style... (288 pages)