Four out of Five Stars!
The Summary: Alice “Al” Liddell is from Echola, Alabama. She leads the life of a normal teen until the day she’s diagnosed with vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.
Her mother, the “Queen of Hearts,” is the best cardiothoracic surgeon this side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a bit of a local hero. Yet, even with all her skill she is unable to cure her daughter of her ailment, leading Al into the world of backwater witchcraft.
Along the way she meets a wacky cast of characters and learns to accept her new normal.
Take Your Medicine is a southern gothic retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Alice “Al” Liddel had lived a normal life until she was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a fainting disorder that causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly. Since her diagnosis she has been at home, bouncing between doctor and doctor to see if someone can find a cure for her illness.
One day as she’s out in the orchard behind the property of her house, she runs into Kat and Rabbit. Two very unique girls who offer to help her in a nontraditional way, with herbs, spells and potions. It’s a bit shocking for Al to see people so different than herself. I love the cast of characters that show up, they bring you deeper into Wonderland.
What I really admired about this was the fact that I felt like I was there. I live in the south (Louisiana) and I could hear the cicadas, feel the heat and know what it’s like to spend hours in the garden (vegetable in my case) making sure everything would flourish.
Al also normalized vasovagal syncope. It had become a part of her life that she dealt with and she wasn’t letting it stop her from exploring the world that Rabbit and Kate were willing to show her. There were times where I cracked up laughing because Al was going to get mad, or going to have a conversation but well, there went all her plans of doing so when she fainted. Oh well.
While some people would have seen Al giving the tea and everything else Rabbit offered her as crazy but I didn’t. I completely understood why she would try it. Even thought she was firmly rooted in traditional medicine, when you go to enough doctors who can’t figure out what’s wrong? You are willing to try anything. I speak from experience.
In the course of all of this, Al starts to learn more and more about herself and what true friends really are. You might get into an arguments like Rabbit and Kat did, but you find a way to work them out.
The only thing I didn’t like was it was so short! I wanted there to be more! (Which is always a good thing) I would have liked to see a bit more development between Al and Rabbit. I was really hoping for a little more than what we got but I loved this so much.
Would I recommend this? Oh definitely. Go pre-order it! I loved every minute of it and read it in one sitting. That’s how much I liked it.