Paulo Schmidt Schmidt itibaren Bahbalpur, Bihar 804421, Hindistan
This story of a teenager with Tourette's and OCD is a powerful one, and a very quick read, but the narrative voice made me uncomfortable. Perhaps it's just James Patterson's style - I'm just not a fan of his work. It was also hard for me to separate the main character's feelings (who is the narrator) from his father's (who was a co-author with Patterson). I would have liked it better if Cory Fieldman himself had been an author. Lowell Handler's Twitch and Shout and Brad Cohen's Front of the Class both gave me more insight into TS/OCD than "Against Medical Adivce", and read less like action novels - though I realize some readers may prefer Patterson's style. "Twitch and Shout", especially, has wonderful, elegant prose and wicked humor. All of these books do publicize TS, though, and if James Patterson's name makes more people read this story, and be more comfortable around people with tics, then I'm happy he wrote it. I do wish some places to find further information on Tourette's had been included in the back of the book, as with Cohen and Handler's books. A link to the Tourette Syndrome Association would have been a lot more useful than the appendix that was included.