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Book Reviews of Against Medical Advice

Against Medical Advice
Against Medical Advice
Author: Cory Friedman, Hal Friedman, James Patterson
ISBN-13: 9780316024754
ISBN-10: 0316024759
Publication Date: 9/8/2008
Pages: 283
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 153 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
A nonfiction work about what it was like growing up with Tourette's Syndrome. The book was co-written by James Patterson and Hal Friedman. Hal is the father of Cory who the book is about. This book chronicles Cory's journey of 13 years from being diagnosed at 5 years old to high school. It goes through his treatments and he he felt and how he and his family dealt with all the changes he was going through.

While very sad at times, this book was very uplifting too. Cory has gone through just about everything, but you feel his strength and it reminds you that there are very strong people out there. It also reminds you to be kind to all, that you just don't know what they are going through.

I'm not a big reader of non-fiction, but I checked this out on audio from my local library. I'm not sorry at all that I did. It's a wonderful book, it held my interest and I kept wanting to learn more about Cory. Some moments I was in tears (I am a mother to two boys), and other moments I was laughing. Cory's story will stay in my mind for quite awhile to come.
kevinsbebe avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 161 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
There are not words for how this book made me feel. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Whether you like non-fiction or not this is an amazing read that will leave you crying, and really thinking more about your life and all your many blessings.
janabug avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 41 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Book was not typical James Patterson but was
a good and informative story.
Very sad and could become depressing.
Cycle304 avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 135 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
What a good book! Your heart just goes out to Cory and to his family for everything that they have to go through. He is treated like a freak by his peers and as a guinea pig by the medical experts. Very good reading.
reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This book was good. I was worried about reading it because I don't like James PAtterson at all. I heard great things about this book as well as the fact that it was actually written by Hal Friedman and Patterson put his name on just so it would get out there.

Cory's story is truly touching! It is a very fast and light read. Each chapter is about 1 1/2 pages long so the 300 pages should have actually been like 100 if there wasn't an chapter every 2 pages. Size of book is deceiving. I was hoping to read this over a four-day camping trip. Instead I finished it in a few hrs. Kinda of a let down there.
reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I was afraid of reading this book, I have kids and I didn't want to put in my mind that they can get a horrible disease like the one Cody Friedman have and talk in the book, but when I began reading it, I couldn't stop. This kid suffered a lot, and his amazing will to go to school and keep going really was inspirational. This book really made me believe that miracles exist, and that we can overcome any obstacle. The support of his family was amazing.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. I will always remember this book.
forosure avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I read this book in less than 8 days. I loved it. It was inspirational, motivational, heart-maddening, heart-saddening, funny and all GREAT! I loved this book! The determination of this child and his family shows how families should be. It shows how family come together even in the hardest times. This was not a book that I was interested in reading, even though it was written by "Patterson" my favorite author. I couldn't get enough of this book. Many more chapters could have been added and it would have been great! Cory was/is a true trooper. A go-getting, a non-quitter. I see alot of me in him. I'm totally inspired on working on my book about GBS that I have left 1/4 done. I love the simplicity of the book and its writing and story line. I love that it is not all technical and doctor doctor talk. This is a book that anyone can read and enjoy. Heck, I thought I wouldn't want to read this in the least. I fell in love on the first chapter. Patterson and Friedman really did a great piece of work with this one. I hope this inspires more people such as myself to motivate to read and to write! A must read...I wouldn't mind having this on my bookshelf of keepers!
navynurse avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this book. I am a nurse, but it was easy for the layperson to understand.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wow!! This first hand account of tourette's syndrome was fascinating. The main character suffered an extreme case of tourette's and it helped me to understand some of my student better. I am thankful that I have been blessed to be free from such a syndrome and pray that those who have it may find peace and the ability to live with and through the tics and difficulties.
reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 57 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. Part of the reason could be that one of my son's very best friends as he was growing up had Tourette's syndrome. He was and is one of the most wonderful young men that I have ever known...I have named him my "adopted son". That aside, this book almost reads like a exciting novel. When you stop to realize that what is happening is actually true events, it is appalling and wonderful at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone.
constant-reader avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 130 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was an intense and moving read. The author's description of his son's problems (which becomes a first person narrative) is honest and not overly self-serving. It was a wonderful reminder of how amazing the human brain is, and how helpless we can be when something goes wrong with it. Even so, the book is not at all a bleak narrative of a life with no hope. I do wish I had heard more about the perspective of this young man's parents, and what they were thinking at the time, but even so, it was a great glimpse into the perspective of someone with mental illness (in this case Tourette's and OCD).
reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Quick easy read of this families struggle with Tourette's! Amazing love, amazing boy!
Mars avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I kind of got the feeling the son's dad who is JP's writer friend wrote all of this book and they slapped JP's name on it in addition to his to sell copies. Definately not a JP book!
dulcimer42 avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 107 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A glimpse into the life of one who experienced OCD and Tourette's from the age of 5. His parents stood behind him and sought the best of treatments, but it it appalling the trial and error he experienced medically. Medicines which made things worse... nearly being committed to a home for the insane... I could hardly lay this book down. An amazing, and true, story.
reviewed Against Medical Advice on
Helpful Score: 1
Was a very inspiring story... Anyone who knows of an individual that suffers from any ailment should read this book!
mysteryfluke avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on
This is a great and a wonderful informational book I loved this book!! I loved every part of this book. I really felt for this family I struggle for with my situation but I felt like I was in this books as well really good/well writing!! Warning a tear jerker!! You will need tissues!!
sashareader avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 5 more book reviews
This was a riveting tale of a child who suffered from Tourette's Syndrome. However, the writing style was pretty awful and it took away from the story. I am not a fan of James Patterson's writing but I know that many people enjoy his writing style. He seems to have great plots in fiction but it does not come through in his writing.
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very interesting
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Amazing story of courage and will! Inspiring.
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This is a fast read. A good book especially if you know someone affected with this disease.
Racecareader avatar reviewed Against Medical Advice on + 4 more book reviews
This was an awesome book, As a medical professional I found the struggles that this family went thru amazing, when other would give up they keep trying. A quick read, a true story that touches the heart.
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I enjoyed this book and read it in a single day. However, if you do not have experience with a child in your life having special needs or if you are looking for more of a "standard Patterson novel" then this book is not for you.
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I bought this book at an airport on a whim, and read it while waiting around...it was a fascinating story! I had no idea how much Tourette's syndrome was similar to my son's "autism" characteristics, really goes to show how little doctors know and how they are all just labels that do not mean much. The best was learning what really helped him (wasn't the drugs). Being on a natural healing journey that my son's condition has opened my eyes to, I could really relate to this story and the frustration of trying to find help which is a (sometimes dangerous)process of trial and error.
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This is one that tears at your heart. I have a special child that is only 7, and so far we've been able to protect him from the cruelness of the world, but this story is about a teenager. His parents are doing absoultely everything in their control to try to make his world as normal as possible. Doctors, school, friends, alcohol, and prescription drugs really make that difficult. As helpful as all of these factors try to be, sometimes everything just backfires and makes everything so much worse. (We've been there.) This is a good one. I recommend it to parents with kids, parents with special kids, pretty much anyone, anywhere.