The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin is the perfect antidote for your boring week.
The Antidote for Everything is one of those books that just never stops surprising you. Both because of how adeptly Martin navigates the twists and turns Martin of the mystery she weaves, and also because the story keeps you guessing about what it’s going to be for a long time.
At different points throughout the book I thought I might be reading a new take on Eat, Pray, Love, a medical drama, a story of love gone incredibly wrong, a story of love gone incredibly right, a high stakes chase, and even a tragic story of loss. The Antidote for Everything kept me on my toes and kept me guessing the whole way through.
The book follows Georgia Brown, a urologist at a for-profit, privately owned hospital. She loves her job, she loves her dog, Dobby, she loves her best friend, Jonah, and all in all, things are going pretty well. As long as you don’t consider the fact that she’s been incredibly unlucky in love, that is. And honestly, Georgia rarely does.
Things start fairly slowly and humorously in The Antidote for Everything, as Georgia faces humiliation in the form of a text break up read aloud in the OR. It’s an oddly charming moment that sets a great tone for the story and introduces the reader to Georgia in a unique and awesome way.
The opening pages and chapters also showcase Martin’s exquisite worldbuilding. She makes every space that Georgia inhabits feel full and real, conjuring a warm and welcoming feeling from descriptions of apartments and a characteristically sterile sensation from hospitals rooms and hallways.
From there, Georgia is sent on a whirlwind journey that includes saving the lives of strangers, European affairs, and supporting Jonah through the potential corporate conspiracy he finds himself in the middle of.
Kimmery Martin does an amazing job of raising the stakes of every one of these to an exciting level, which is what made it so difficult to zero in on one thing! While I thought the European affair was going to be at the forefront of The Antidote for Everything the lens eventually focused in on Jonah and something much bigger than medicine that was happening at the hospital.
Jonah is distraught to learn that many of his gay and transgender patients are leaving the hospital, but he’s furious when he discovers that the hospital administration is actually asking them to leave. As a gay man and a doctor who’s sworn an oath to help his patients, Jonah is willing to do whatever it takes to right the injustice. As his best friend, Georgia is obviously on board.
Through this story, The Antidote for Everything shines a light on important topics like the ways in which laws and ideas can be manipulated to do harm and the separation of church and state, and makes you ask important questions about how far you would and should go to protect someone.
You don’t even have to know that The Antidote for Everything is based on a real life experience of Kimmery Martin’s friend to understand that this is something that can, and does happen. The themes are so relevant to issues that are currently at the forefront of the political landscape. The book explores these themes in nuanced and interesting ways.
At its core, The Antidote for Everything is a book about friendship with a lot to say about politics, justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and ethics. The drama and discussions themselves are important, but the way in which they highlight the incredible bond between Georgia and Jonah carries just as much weight in the story. It’s rare to read a story where the friendship overshadows the romance, but this one does that in a really meaningful way.
The Antidote for Everything is a timely read for everyone. It’ll lend some perspective to some of the biggest issues plaguing today’s society, as well as make you feel hopeful and thankful for the ones that you love. Check it out if that interests you!