Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

Symptoms of a Heartbreak

The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult ...

Details Symptoms of a Heartbreak

TitleSymptoms of a Heartbreak
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews Symptoms of a Heartbreak

  • Patty (IheartYA)
    I expected a cutesy-wutesy contemporary but you won't find that here. Real world drama lies in these pages, and one character I wanted to smack silly. I was a little lost on some of the language and cultural references that weren't explained well if at all. It felt unnecessarily long with some lulls in pacing. Overall, 3 out of 5 stars. Not terrible but not memorable either.
  • Sona
    Hey guys! This is the author! Just a heads up that the title of this book has changed to Symptoms of a Heartbreak, and it has a new goodreads page here: you for all of your support! Sona
  • Lauren
    (4.4*) This is one of the best debut YA books I’ve ever read. I’m just gonna start there. I know that I just read the galley, and that it is not out yet, BUUUUT I can wholeheartedly say that it is definitely one of my FAVORITES. I love how cultured, nerdy, and “romance-y” it is. Great book to read during this Asian Heritage Month, really. I feel like if a book is able to at least get me to feel mixed emotions all throughout (happiness, sa...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    TW: childhood cancerAt sixteen, Saira Sehgal is the youngest doctor in America. Dubbed "Girl Genius" by the media, she's been selected to be one of three interns at a prestigious new program in the pediatrics oncology ward. But despite her intellect and her accomplishments, Saira has a lot to learn—and realize that she might be a doctor, but she's still a teen.June has been a month of reading books that are conflicting to rate.At times, I loved...
  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    "You are much stronger than we give you credit for. And maybe we underestimate you...You're a strong girl, you can handle it. Maybe it's why God introduced you to Harper, and to Alina, and even to Link...Because you were meant to do this work." Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra is her solo debut that follows the story of Saira Seghal, aka Girl Genius, a 16-year-old doctor who starts an internship at her mom's hospital and just happens...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    FACT: I watched Doogie Howser, when the episodes originally aired, and I was totally fascinated with his trials and tribulations as he attempted to navigate the adult world as a teen.My love of Dr. Doogie drove my desire to read Symptoms of a Heartbreak, and I throughly enjoyed the new life Charaipotra breathed into this concept.Being a girl genius seemed kind of like a blessing and curse for Saira. Here she was, 16 years old, and a medical profe...
  • Emilia
    It was a slow start, but the rest was pretty good!
  • Kelly (UnshelvedEdition)
    Every now and then I need to press a little reset button. When I start getting lost in a world of thriller/crime novels, I like to throw in something a little lighter to pull me out of the darknessSymptoms of a heartbreak was a lovely read about growing up fast and growing up early. While a lot of Saira’s life is not something realistic or normal (being a teenaged doctor) there are a lot of challenges she faces that remind us it’s not always ...
  • Lance
    "You are much stronger than we give you credit for. And maybe we underestimate you...You're a strong girl, you can handle it. Maybe it's why God introduced you to Harper, and to Alina, and even to Link...Because you were meant to do this work." 3.5 Stars. Symptoms of a Heartbreak met my expectations exactly, which is both a good or bad thing. When I got this ARC at Bookcon 2019, I was excited but knew deep in my heart that it wasn't going to be t...
  • Sierra Elmore
  • Lexi- Readabookplz
    This book was wonderful! I didn’t want to put it to down. I loved the cultural elements woven into the Saira’s story because it’s such a key part to who she is. I was nervous to read this when I found out the main character works for an oncology unit, which I try to stay away from cancer related books. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from so many different angles, but it’s done with love, determination, passion and kindn...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Saira is one of those YA characters that feels so genuine and relatable. While not everyone can relate to being a girl genius (I'm so far from that), Symptoms of a Heartbreak tackles issues that we all face - when our family doesn't understand us, having dreams and ambitions, feeling out of place. I loved how desi this book is from the...
  • Richelle Robinson
    As a fan of the t.v. show “Doogie Hoswer”, I was excited to read this book. Saira is an Oncologist working with children that have cancer. Not going to lie, this was a tough subject for me to read at times. I had a good friend that passed away from cancer and reading about kids with this disease wasn’t easy. At one point during the book, I had to stop reading and compose myself. This book definitely showcased the highs and lows of the disea...
  • Brittany
    Saira (pronounced Sigh-ra) is the world's youngest MD at the age of 16 and she is about to embark on her next journey; an internship in pediatric oncology. Not only is this tremendous pressure on its own, the hospital she will be working at is the same one she visited daily to be by her childhood best friend's side, while she battled leukemia. Oh and did I mention her mom also works there?! Being the world's youngest MD, Saira is determined to ma...
  • Maureen
    Saira is the youngest MD in America. With an internship in pediatric oncology, she knows she will make a difference in lives, just like she tried to do for Harper. We follow Saira, Cho, and Howard through several months as interns. Along the way we meet patients Pinky, Alina, Brenden, and Linc. Saira’s journey includes making decisions about life-long friends, as well as learning to drive. This book is filled with descriptions of foods that Sai...
  • Raegan
    I just wanted a fun, somewhat cheesy, innocent romance and happily, I got more than that! Symptoms of a Heart Break is somewhere between My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Doogie Howser, and The Fault in our Stars. I know they are all VERY different but somewhere in their is where this book lands! At 16 years old Dr. Saira Sehgal is the youngest MD in the US and has just received an incredibly prestigious pediatric oncology fellowship at the hospital wher...
  • Grey
    Did not enjoy
  • Katie
    I probably should've DNF'd this. Saira is pretty immature and makes a lot of mistakes. Absolutely realistic for a sixteen year, but it made it hard to believe she was a doctor, especially since it seems like we didn't get to see enough of her actually BEING a doctor. I also didn't quite get the friendship conflict. (view spoiler)[Like, I get it would be hard to maintain a friendship if your best friend is a doctor and living a professional life, ...
  • || Soph ||
    ITS SITTING ON MY SHELF IM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS**2.5/3* (leaning towards a 2.5)post read—hmm okay. i’m honestly a little disappointed. this book was kind of slow for me and the culture references confused me. buuuut i love the premise. pross:-diversity!!-indian rep and culture.-greys anatomy vibes thOOOO-i like the fake dating/arranged married with saira and vish.-josè is a great character. i love him..cons:-the romance was weak. i didn...
  • Fallon
    I loved this emotional medical contemporary. I felt so invested in all of the cases. Being a 16 year old prodigy definitely has it interesting situations. The food infused in the writing of this book had me wanting to cook and eat the entire time. This is an emotional adorable read and I highly recommend it!
  • Clay Morrell
    Sweet and light while also covering tough topics. I’m the girl in the bookstore who sees the word “cancer” on a book cover and drops it like the book itself has the plague. SYMPTOMS, however isn’t out to break hearts and make readers cry — instead it’s allowing us a glimpse into the heartache or life in a hospital while still buoying us with hope and laughter and true joy. I enjoyed this story immensely and can’t wait for others to ...
  • Teresa
    Saira is the Girl Genius, the youngest doctor in America; a title that she is proud to have and strives to live up to. When she begins her residency at the hospital her mother works at, Saira tries to distance herself and build her own reputation as a good doctor (something that is hard to do when you aren't much older, or younger, than your patients). When she bumps into a cancer patient named Lincoln, she is immediately smitten with him...and w...
  • Hall-E
    This book took me a little while to get into, but it was fun, thoughtful, and clever. I loved that Saira was the youngest doctor at her hospital and could hold her own against the other doctors, but some of her decisions were so frustrating! I could understand why they needed to happen since she is so young, prodigy or not, and it definitely increased the tension. Oh, and don't even get me started on her family, namely her aunt.I would recommend ...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    Actual Rating 4.5 Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra is a charming and beautifully touching story. It’s engrossing and bittersweet, and as much as it hurt my heart, I could not stop reading. There are so many things to love about this wonderful book and by the end, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite reads this year. I really enjoyed going on this amazing emotional journey. I loved the gorgeous writing, the heartfelt st...
  • Anna
    This is a real contender for my least favorite YA book I've read this year. The writing is laughably bad and it honestly reads like a parody of a trying way to hard to be woke YA novel. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MAIN CHARACTER IS INDIAN AMERICAN???? She drinks chai BECAUSE SHE IS INDIAN. On like every other page. She isn't just drinking lemonade . . . she's drinking it THE DESI WAY (adding pepper or something, which honestly sounds kinda cool, but I ...
  • Michelle
    I enjoyed Sona Charaipotra’s Symptoms of a Heartbreak so much! I was initially drawn to the cover. Medical contemporary? Yes. Rom-com? Yes. And when I was introduced to Saira? I mean, the first few pages of her trying to get to work on time had me laughing. I knew I was going to enjoy Sona’s writing.Saira is a sixteen-year-old medical prodigy, working in the pediatric oncology in a very competitive internship program. She gets a lot of pushba...
  • Shelly Hammond
    This book gives you a peek into the life of "Dr. Girl Genius" 16 year old Saira. She's a medical prodigy who is just starting out her career working in oncology. She will be working with children, a path she chose due to the loss of a friend (one she helped diagnose and you will be reminded of this a lot throughout the book). During your time in the pages a lot happens and a fair bit of it may be a bit out there but it's still a fun time.I don't ...
  • Karis Rogerson
    4/5 starsI really enjoyed this novel! Saira was such a REAL teenager, and I think Charaipotra did an excellent job of balancing what it's like to be that precocious, child-genius-prodigy who's also...still 16. And dealing with the hormones, attractions, and general angst of any 16-year-old. I thought that was done really well; as much as occasionally I wanted to shake Saira and yell "you want to be treated like an adult, act like one!" I also kne...