Symptoms of a Heartbreak

Symptoms of a Heartbreak

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Most 16-year-olds cause at least some damage on their path to adulthood. But Saira Sehgal has vowed to first do no harm. A girl genius, she's the youngest MD in America - and she hasn't picked an easy specialty: She's working on the cancer ward.

Saira's always been good at getting what she wants, but she's new to adult challenges - like getting out from under the thumb of her doting mother, who works at the same hospital; like proving herself to coworkers who don't take her seriously; and crushing on a cute boy who happens to have stage-two leukemia.

Turns out "heartbreak" is one ailment Saira still doesn't know how to treat.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for readers needing an infusion of something heartfelt.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 216 x 146 x 26mm | 404g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250199107
  • 9781250199102
  • 1,093,980

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A rom-com with heart. --People

Informative and thought-provoking... Charaipotra delicately balances the haunting realities of grief and despair with a nuanced lightness and warmth. --Entertainment Weekly

Charaipotra masterfully delivers a rich, multi-layered story, sprinkled with news articles, texts, and sarcastic diagnoses that are well worth the reading. --NPR

A smart, tender and thoughtful exploration of loving in the face of heartbreaking circumstances.
--Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Everything Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star

Saira's antics as a female, Indian American Doogie Howser kept me glued to the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. Symptoms of a Heartbreak is the summer rom-com to add to your list!
--Sandhya Menon, New York Times-bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

Tender, insightful, and full of hope. Readers will fall in love with Girl Genius Saira, who is fierce, brilliant, flawed, and utterly relatable. Her journey reminds us that the human heart is fragile but has strength beyond measure. Doctor's Orders: Read Symptoms of a Heartbreak STAT.
--Samira Ahmed, New York Times-bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters and Internment

Equal parts compelling and charming, this pitch-perfect rom-com is just what the doctor ordered! Symptoms of a Heartbreak is absolutely unputdownable.
--Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dumplin'

Symptoms of a Heartbreak is the book I always wanted, and desperately needed, when I was growing up. Sona proves that she's a master storyteller who has gifted readers with unforgettable characters, a page-turning conflict, and a story that will stay in your heart long after it's over.
--Nisha Sharma, author of My So-Called Bollywood Life

Saira's extended Indian-American family adds lively warmth to the medical drama. --Publishers Weekly

A charming debut... offering rich, nuanced portrayals of Indian American family and professional life. --Kirkus Reviews

A warm, bitingly funny rom-com about finding your feet. --Booklist

Grey's Anatomy meets When Dimple Met Rishi in this medical romance centered around America's youngest doctor... Give to fans of romance and medical dramas such as John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. --School Library Journal
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About Sona Charaipotra

Sona Charaipotra has worked as a celebrity reporter at People and TeenPeople and has contributed to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. ShShe is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the psychological thriller The Rumor Game. She is a proud We Need Diverse Books team member. Find her on the web at or on Twitter @sona_c.
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1,337 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 18% (243)
4 31% (421)
3 37% (496)
2 10% (134)
1 3% (43)
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