Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review: Lily Robbins, M.D. by Nancy Rue


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

It’s Dr. Lily to the rescue!
The second book in the Lily series, with over a million copies sold!
After witnessing a car accident and helping a little boy who was hurt, Lily embarks on a mission to become a “great doctor”—and no one’s going to stop her! Lily starts watching medical shows on TV, checks out health books at the library, and signs up for a Taking Care of Your Body class for girls. As usual, Lily goes overboard, and it’s not long before she’s trying to change the Girlz Only Club into a health class—fitness plans, label reading, exercise, and more. However, her friends aren’t too thrilled about her newfound passion, and when they stop wanting to be around her, Lily has to choose. In the end, Lily learns and important lesson about friendship that she’ll never forget.

MY TAKE:
As a former medical student, I was curious to see how this book would go.

In Lily Robbins, M.D., Lily becomes fascinated with medicine, and after reading up on some medical facts, she's convinced that she can handle medical issues. The thing is, Lily doesn't know as much as she think she does and her friendship with the Girlz go south pretty quickly.

At first, I liked Lily and her interest in medicine. When she became bossy and a total know-it-all, however, it really got on my nerves and I was actually rooting for Reni when she gave Lily a piece of her mind. In fact, I liked all the girls more than Lily for a good part of the book because her attitude was getting on my nerves. Lily's obsession with watching medical shows did make me smile, though, as it's something that my classmates and I used to do too. However, when we watched, it was mostly for the drama and in order to try and see if we can diagnose the problem before the TV doctors could.

I applaud the fact that the adults were realistic enough to tell Lily that this could be another of her phases, and the book was able to show that sometimes, people who think they know a lot but don't know as much as they think they do, can actually be harmful to others. I'm surprised, though, that her parents didn't mention anything to Lily about medical school. Perhaps that could have curbed Lily's eagerness a little bit. After all, doctors go through medical school and internship for years and then they have to go through residency and fellowship. Medicine isn't something you can learn that quickly.

As for the mystery, it's easy enough to guess as long as you're observant.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tommy Nelson for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's a realistic portrayal of how kids become passionate about a potential career.
  2. It's not like some books wherein the heroine is able to save lives immediately even though they barely know anything about medicine.
  3. The characters' reactions are realistic.

THE BAD:

  1. Lily can be annoying.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
He had to content himself with, "So, you're the next new resident on House," and then went back to pouring milk shakes.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child wants to become a doctor.
  2. Your child has a tendency to be bossy.
  3. Your child is trying to figure out what he or she wants to be when he or she grows up.

RATING:
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