Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack
Publisher: NineStar Press
Expected publication: March 5, 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Contemporary, YA, Romance
Ebook Word Count: 24400
Buy: NineStar Press| Amazon (to come)
* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Alice “Al” Liddell is from Echola, Alabama. She leads the life of a normal teen until the day she’s diagnosed with vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.
Her mother, the “Queen of Hearts,” is the best cardiothoracic surgeon this side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a bit of a local hero. Yet, even with all her skill she is unable to cure her daughter of her ailment, leading Al into the world of backwater witchcraft.
Along the way she meets a wacky cast of characters and learns to accept her new normal.
Take Your Medicine is a southern gothic retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
This was the first book I read for the Contemporary-a-thon for the Challenge 4: Read a diverse contemporary book and it was so freaking cute!!
This book is a southern gothic retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Our main character Alice, or Al for short, is a young girl that was recently diagnosed with vasovagal syncope which basically causes her to faint on occasions that have too many emotions, be it stress, surprises, pain, anything that is a bit above average basically. She tried many medical procedures, including her mom who is a cardiothoracic surgeon. But nothing seems to solve it. When she meets two girls that practice witchcraft – Daria (Rabbit) and Kat (Cerise) – she decided to give it a try. But what will come out of it will be the only thing she wasn’t expecting at all.
This is my first time reading about a character with vasovagal syncope and it was incredibly interesting. I haven’t heard much about it, nor do I know anyone with it. But after searching it a bit, I think this book seemed to represent it in a realistic way.
I absolutely loved the characters. Especially Rabbit! She is my favorite. She is a bit like me, serious and careful and yet relaxed when with the right people. I really liked that although she truly believed in what she was doing, she had her mind in the right place and understood that not everyone would believe or trust it.
I also really liked Al and how sweet and caring she was. And all the characters really. They were all really unique and added something to the story. But I was especially surprised by the Queen of Hearts. I’m just gonna say, I loved this representation of her and I think it’s something we don’t see often…
This book was the perfect mixture of Alice in Wonderland connections and reality. It’s such a fine barrier and it worked perfectly! It has science and witchcraft as opposite sides, and characters that are really different from each other. Happiness, sadness, and love. Motherly love and romantic love.
I really loved the LGBTQ+ element in this novel and I could read more and more about these characters. I also loved the message the book gave – how we should accept ourselves, and make the best we can of the life we have!
It’s a really tiny yet lovely book, with a representation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland never before seen. It’s tense, realistic and it made me smile countless times. Definitely recommend it!
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