Misdiagnosed: The Search for Doctor House: 6 out of 10
The novel starts with a gripping prologue that quickly captures your attention. The author gives you a quick over-view of her life and all the struggles that she went through; it absolutely makes you want to learn more. Unfortunately, from there the book turns a little bland.
Before I go on, I must be fair. I don't have some terrible illness and I haven't spent much time in doctor's offices and hospitals going through a battery of tests. I'd like to think that this book would be inspiring and fascinating to someone who can relate to it better, but to reader in search of a diverting and lively story Misdiagnosed is a bit of a let down.
The biggest issue I had with Misdiagnosed was the explicit sexual scenes. The first scene actually made sense to include: it is near the beginning and effectively used to emphasize the impact this mysterious illness had on our protagonists entire life, and how it could strike at any moment. That being said, I see absolutely no need for the other scenes, or for any of the scenes to go into such pornographic detail. My best guess is that these scenes were used in a meager, quick-fix attempt to 'spice' up a dull book. It would have been much better for the story if more effort had been put into improving the story in other ways.
The novel has great potential to be a gripping, inspiring tale. I caught glimpses of this from time to time, but without to requisite life-experience to relate, I am afraid much of it was lost on me. I did, however, learn the one thing the author was trying to teach: the importance of taking charge of your own healthcare - asking questions, demanding answers, and thinking for yourself before making decisions. In this regard, it was a very successful book because I believe that I took this lesson to heart, and that it will affect me years down the road if I do find myself in the hospital.
Learn more: http://www.amazon.com/Misdiagnosed-The-Search-Dr-House/dp/1500436674