This Is Going To Hurt | Book Review


If you know me, you will know that I’m not a huge reader. It’s not that I don’t enjoy books, I just don’t often find the time (and there’s also the fact that I’m pretty lazy haha). The thought of starting a book is quite daunting and I don’t often finish them as I get bored or distracted due to my (very) short attention span. So for me to read a whole book in one DAY speaks volumes of how good this book is!!

If you didn’t already know, I recently found out I passed my A levels and was accepted into university to study adult nursing! This was amazing news as I have wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. I have always loved watching documentaries on hospitals and the NHS (especially 24 hours in A&E and 999: what’s your emergency). So when I spotted this book on the experiences of a junior doctor I just had to pick it up!

I’d heard of this book as it was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller and had received many positive reviews as well as other awards. The book is a diary written by Adam Kay through his years as a junior doctor on the hospital words, including humour and heartbreak . We learn of his “97-hour weeks. Life and death decisions. A constant tsunami of bodily fluids. And the hospital parking meter that earns more than you.” Kay tells us of his experiences working for the NHS along with all its challenges and opportunities. It includes everything you could possibly want to know about what happens on the hospital wards (and other things you’d rather not know!)


This book made me both laugh and cry in equal measures, it is incredibly real, moving and so so important. Kay writes so passionately and gives you an amazing insight into his experiences as a doctor as well as the lives of the patients he dealt with everyday. I think the reason I loved this book so much was because of the new insight I gained into the lives of a junior doctor. I knew it was a lot of hard work but this book truly reveals the chaotic life they lead and the different types of things they have to deal with everyday.

It was shocking, eye-opening, and funny, so much so that I found myself thinking about many of the stories for days after I read the book. I feel that I have a whole new level of respect for those people working hours on end just for the benefit of other people. It is truly inspiring. As this book is written as a narrative it makes you feel as though you are talking to him yourself, so you really realise how real it is.

I loved every page of this book and believe everyone needs to read it.

Have you read this book? Would you be interested to read it? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

Thanks again for reading!


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