Monday, June 28, 2010

Review: Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman

Against Medical Advice: A True Story Against Medical Advice: A True Story by James Patterson

This harrowing tale of Cory Friedman's life is one that I recommend all to read. The story, told from Cory's perspective, deals with his life with Tourette's and OCD. I cannot imagine how this life must have been for this young man! Knowing at a young age that he was different, it's not long before Cory starts ticing and doing abnormal things that cause him and his family embarrassment.

This should be a must read for ALL teachers and parents. The Friedman's have really demonstrated the true unconditional love of a parent. They never turned their backs on Cory and fully supported him through his trials. They stuck by him when most people would have run or placed him in a home. I'm absolutely detested at the teachers in this story who had no faith in Cory or his abilities. Such cold hearted people to be that way! I'm a high school teacher and have had at least 3 students with Tourette's come through my program. They are amongst the smartest people I know, they just need a little extra time.

I sincerely hope that this was truly Cory's story, as we are told it is and that James Patterson merely served as an editor more than a writer of this story. Don't get me wrong, I love James Patterson's work but this really needs to be Cory's story...his words, thoughts, and ideas. I would also hope that Mr. Patterson would donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to the Tourette's Foundation, but I did not see any sort of clause as such in the book.

When you think your life is bad, pick up a book such as this and see that some people are literally living a nightmare and can't do anything about it. Kudos to the Friedman's (including Jessie) for standing by Cory's side and never giving up. They are truly heroes in my book!

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I purchased this book awhile back.

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