As I’ve recently been deciding whether I want to go into medicine once I have finished my current degree, my interest in medicine based books have also increased. ‘This is going to hurt’ was a book I have seen often, so thought it would be a good place to start. It is a book about a Doctor in the UK working for the NHS.

If you have been following me recently you’ll know that I have been in my worst reading slump to date, months long! I don’t think I have finished a book since the end of February… ‘This is going to hurt’ got me out of that slump! I don’t often do book reviews, unless a book has a large impression on me. Oh boy, did this one! I started it in bed one evening, and stayed awake until 2am to finish it. (I don’t ever sleep late) I just couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting!

There are many reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Firstly, I learnt lots. At the end of every chapter he explains the medical terms he used, and makes it easy for a non medic to understand, which I think was great! Secondly, it was hilarious! The sarcastic humor that doesn’t get old, heightened by the fact of how serious the topic of medicine is. I smiled a good few times whilst reading!

I’m going to try not to put any spoilers in, and if there is, it will be in this paragraph. The ending… I hadn’t read anything about this book before picking it up. I was not expecting it to end the way it did. It quite saddened me. I put the book down with a huge sigh. I haven’t seen if this author has any other books, but I hope so, and shall be adding to my TBR if he does.

I’d rate this book 5/5. Definitely my favorite read of 2019 so far. Next on my reading list is ‘Trust me, I’m a junior doctor’. I’d recommend, even if you don’t have an interest in medicine. Have you read this this? I’d love to hear your opinions.

11 thoughts on “This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay; book review

  1. Great review! I really loved this book too. Adam Kay writes in such a humorous way. Made me laugh so many times, whilst at the same time managing to be very poignant. I also really want to read anything he writes in the future. 🙂 xxx

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