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This Might Hurt

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We forget to appreciate how incredibly hard it is to work in the medical field. If anything, the global pandemic currently happening has opened our eyes to this. Stephanie Wrobel’s “ Darling Rose Gold” was one of my favourite debuts, and I knew it would be a hard one to follow. Wrobel’s newest novel, “This Might Hurt” is calculating, curious and completely unique, full of family dysfunction, in the way we have come to expect from this author. Adam Kay worked in the obs and gyn department so had many a funny story to tell, but also had the sadder stories to tell as well. While he is no longer a doctor due to a case he had that completely changed the person he was, he has also found that those still in the profession were also desperately wanting to get out of it at times due to the treatment they receive. While many stay in the profession to reach the level of consultant and enjoy the helping of others, the continuous cuts to NHS services and the treatment of those who maintain this service is completely unfair. It is another call to rally that the doctors in the NHS are under-funded, under immense pressure, suffer from unfair treatment (see above with regards to salary, rest, etc)... which leads to mishaps when dealing with patients (this can lead to many mistakes and negligence and suing when dealing with patients) and severe mental health problems. Adam Kay also reveals the immense stress he was under and how this causes him to have a really high increase in heart pressure when working. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. It's very British, with references to British TV shows I'm pretty sure the rest of the world has never heard of, so bear that in mind if you are a non-Brit thinking of reading this. But it is essentially a publication of the diaries Adam Kay kept while he was a junior doctor working for the NHS. It is a funny, moving portrait of a service that underpays, undervalues, and overworks its doctors, and yet, despite all of this, it is a love letter to universal healthcare.

The book had a shaky start and I was not impressed which I actually foresaw. I just didn’t expect that the author’s style is for me from the start but things were going in the right direction and I was intrigued so I continued to give it a chance. The storyline is told from two separate timelines, which I found easy to keep straight. As the story develops, you can feel serious tension building to what you know will be a great ending! And yes, it fits perfectly. McNeilly, Claire (29 November 2021). "I was shot twice on stage and still bear the scars, says NI actress Josie Walker whose 'heart goes out' to Alec Baldwin movie victim's family". Belfast Telegraph . Retrieved 5 March 2022. The way the events unfold is a little confusing. There are several narrators and several parts to this book. There is one narrator whose identity is unknown for quite some time. For me, it seemed like Wroebel was trying to infuse a twist into the narrative with the unknown narrator, but when it was revealed, it was just rather ho-hum.

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Initially, her stay was to be 6-months, where she would be completely cut off from the outside world, including from her older sister, Natalie.

The first episode was watched 4,753,000 times on iPlayer alone during 2022, making it the 10th most viewed individual programme on the platform that year. [38] Awards and nominations [ edit ] Year The story opens up Natalie, a shark, boss b*tch’s presentation at the meeting with local brewery company executives. She shows her true colors and I liked her instantly. a b c "Sister pictures options Adam Kay's book 'This Is Going To Hurt' ". Sister. 7 September 2017 . Retrieved 29 May 2021. There are several mysteries here. What did Natalie do to her sister? Why is Kit so messed up she needs this retreat? Whose history are we reading? And what exactly is going on at this retreat? One by one, it becomes obvious what the answers are. He was performing at the theatre where I used to work. And I feel like I can write this now, I no longer work there so these words are not a reflection on the business but merely the words of a disgruntled former employee. So, Adam came on a busy Saturday night where we had sold all the seats. His name was popular, and people wanted to hear what he had to say. He and his manager approached me to tell me about their show, the visiting companies would inform the front of house manger about the show’s running times and give details about the content of the performance. This was all standard stuff.This story has multiple POVs, timelines, and parts. The identity of one character does not get revealed until a good way through the book, which I found a little confusing. Let’s discuss my feelings about this book: I loved the fast, intriguing beginning and I enjoyed the blood freezing, WTH conclusion. But I think book’s direction got wavered a little bit. The different timelines of multiple POVs make you confused. This kind of story telling is smart but it can be also too complex for you to focus on the main conflicts and big revelations. It exposes a lot that is wrong with the NHS, but never loses sight of how truly important it is. It wasn't until I came to live in California that I really understood how fortunate we were. I had lived in a bubble where healthcare was taken for granted as a human right and no one was ever told they couldn't be made better because they were too poor. The realization that some countries allowed people to die preventable deaths shook me to my core. It still does.

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