Review – Scrubs

Randy Hanson is a second-year medical student immersed in his life of classes, study groups, and one-night stands. But that part of his life ends abruptly when he meets Jane, a gorgeous young psychology student. Soon, he has to find a way to balance the increasing demands of his medical training with his burgeoning relationship with Jane.

For all that Scrubs is about medical school, there isn’t a great deal of medicine in it. Instead, the focus is more on the toll that the time and effort involved can take on the people and their relationships. Obviously, the main one is the relationship between Randy and Jane, which is followed from first meeting to marriage, although others are given some attention as well. The progression of Randy & Jane is generally believable, with one or two hiccups along the way, although perhaps it is a little too smooth sailing.

One of the things I liked best about Scrubs is the descriptions and examinations on the personal lives of the main characters. There are problems with family; parents, siblings and in one case, children; problems with significant others, teenage angst, and as mentioned above problems with the pressures and workload involved. Most of the main & supporting characters are given very believable issues to deal with throughout the course of the novel. The book covers a span of four years or so, and during that time we see some people drop out, some people change for the better (and occasionally for the worse), and most grow into their chosen roles.

For the most part, I enjoyed Scrubs and would certainly continue with the series, projected to be 4 books, in total. It is on the longer side, and maybe the older end of YA but never seems to drag or feel like too much. If I had to find fault, I would probably say the main character, who seems just a little too good to be true. But that minor quibble aside, it’s a good involving read.

 

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