Saturday, March 27, 2010

Med Head by James Patterson

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 20/20
Remembrance- 9/10
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 20/20
Ending- 10/10
Recommend to read- 9/10
TOTAL- 94/100
Grade- A

This first-person account of Cory Friedman’s intense struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder—as well as depression and anxiety—is available for teen readers. Rejected by peers, misunderstood by adults, and sometimes harmful to himself, Cory has endured living hell. Confounding every doctor’s analysis, he endures countless combinations of medications that only complicate the turmoil. Cory’s determination to reverse a downward spiral and instead survive and thrive against all odds is a profoundly inspiring must-read for many ages.

This book was absolutely phenomenal. I knew right away when I began reading it that I would love it. It gives you the opportunity to look at life at a different angle. Since this book is based on someone's real life every emotion you feel is that much deeper.

Cory was soooooooooo amazing. And yes, all of those o's are necessary. His struggle was so intense and heartbreaking. Throughout the entire book I wanted to hug him and be his best friend. Reading about such a strong and inspirational person pushes me to work hard and appreciate life.

Sometimes it was hard to relate to Cory but I found that refreshing. I wasn't supposed to be imagining that I was him, I was trying to get a feel of his life. There were points though where I could identify with some of the stress and anxiety.

I was very amazed that when I finished the book there were pictures in the back of Cory with his family and friends, his awards, and even some of his mother's notes that she made about Cory and all of his medications. When I saw all of this I was finally able to realize how real this really was.

Overall I would say that this is a truly inspiring read that will not disappoint. I would recommend this book to those who might take their lives for granted.

Book received free from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Anonymous said...

i cant imagine having terrets it must be difficult. but im sure with the right help you can get through anything.

Anonymous said...

Wow is all I have to say.
...Well, maybe I'm lying.
The story of Cory Friedman gives me hope. Two of my brothers have mental diseases. One has autisim, and one has a disease that I'm not sure how to spell out. It's a combination of two diseases. The bottom line of his disease is that he will be a 16-month year-old for the rest of his life.
Cory's inspiring story gives me hope that I will, someday, be able to truly[SP] communicate with him.

Anonymous said...

Creative and deep, luv it luv it LUV IT!!!!