- File Size: 5068 KB
- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (March 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079RMMDYP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rabbit, Kat and Alice were all distinct and interesting characters. There was certainly a nice sense of setting in this book too--a constant awareness of southern heat, the possibility of snake attacks, and friendly accents. These created a distinct voice that I appreciated while reading it.
I've never had a condition similar to Alice's, nor have I ever gotten involved in holistic medicine. Can't say how accurate any of this is, though it felt accurate enough. I'd like to know more about how the remedies mentioned in the book are supposed to work tbh. Don't know much about herb work.
My problem reading this book was that for me it felt kind of slow. Especially at the beginning, where the three girls meet and Alice's condition is established along with the setting, sometimes my attention began to drift because of the slow pace. About halfway through the pace picked up a bit, but even then I sometimes lost interest. Might just be that I'm getting kind of old for YA or that again, herbal remedies are interesting but not my forte.
Overall a decent book. Has some nice f/f fun that is surprisingly not central to the plot, and should be good reading for anyone who is interested in modern witchcraft/herbal remedies and holistic treatments. I don't totally see why the Alice in Wonderland elements were thrown in but perhaps it's something of a metaphor for going into a world where your life is different and everything is slightly weird? I'm a little confused on that aspect.
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Take Your Medicine is not a retelling of Alice in Wonderland per se, but it does bring back characters and mix them in order to come up with a sweet novella about making friends and living with a disease. More than that, this book plays ping-pong with magical realism – is there or isn’t there? That was on my mind all the time while reading this. I don’t know if the author intended for the story to have hints of magical realism, but that is one of the qualities of magical realism – sometimes you do not know what to believe or what is true.
Carmack’s beautiful writing styles captured me in such a way that I did not feel the time passing. It was almost like I went down the rabbit hole like Alice. It is an easy read, not because of the size, but because the pace of the story is simply perfect. Although not a retelling in the proper sense and even though Alice in Wonderland is not a fairy tale, the setting and the pace of the story did manage to create a whimsical atmosphere, which I think it was the perfect way to illustrate Al’s illness.
Although romance is present in the book, the main theme of the story is friendship and only after we get the glimpse of something romantic. It is a plus for LGBTQ representation and that always makes me happy, especially when it feels so natural and sweet as it is presented in the book. The book also emphasized a great mother-daughter relationship.
I really enjoyed this novella, and while I appreciated the conclusion, the rest of the story did leave me wanting more. I wanted to get to know all the characters better and see how Al’s love life would go in relationship with her illness too. I am sure the author could build on this story, but even left like this it makes for a nice easy read.
Al’s relationship with her friend *wink wink not giving away names because that’d spoil it* is adorable. I love the fact that Carmack incorporated her in as never having felt that way about a girl before. The way Carmack describes Al’s realization, so to speak, that she likes girls, it is almost like we are discovering this new part of her with her.
I love how the main character is struggling with vasovagal syncope, which is a disorder I personally had never heard of. Vasovagal syncope is a fainting disorder that happens whenever someone feels emotions too strongly, or stressful triggers. It helps draw awareness and shows the everyday life of someone who is diagnosed. Unfortunately there is really no known way to treat VVS. The main treatment is avoidance of triggers. Which is all explained wonderfully in the book.
I really loved the descriptive factors in this novella. It made you feel like you were there in the trailer with Rabbit, Kat, and Al. One of my favorite lines in the beginning that really stood out to me was Al’s description of Rabbit’s hair. She is described as having “…hair as read as a marigold.” HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THAT.
Everyone needs to read Take Your Medicine. You will absolutely love it. If you are reading this right now ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR WANT TO READ SHELF. Do it. You will not regret it.
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