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Kimmery Martin, Writer, Reviewer, Professional Book Nerd

Kimmery Martin is a doctor, mother, and professional book nerd, who is happiest lounging on a porch with something good to read. When not practicing medicine or romping with her three kids, she writes engaging book reviews and novels. 

Kimmery's Book Reviews
December 2016
Kimmery's Top Ten Books of 2016*


 It was the best of years and the worst of years.

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Book Reviews
Stay tuned... 
The Queen of Hearts
by Kimmery Martin

Coming February 6, 2018 from Penguin Random House: The Queen of Hearts is a riveting and witty novel about friendship, love and betrayal set against a backdrop of hospital rounds and life-or-death decisions

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Kimmery Martin Writer Novelist
Book Reviews for Boys
by Alex, age 10
The Last Kids on Earth
by Max Brallier

The Last Kids on Earth is about a 13 year old boy named Jack Sullivan, whose town and possibly the rest of the world has had a monster apocalypse. This is very bad.

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Book Reviews by boys

Guest Review: Young Adult Fiction

It occurred to me awhile back that I don't have much YA  fiction reviewed here. I actually love YA-- Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Rick Riordan (the Percy Jackson series), and of course the incomparable John Green (The Fault In Our Stars.) But I tend to only read the bestsellers and the big names, so I decided to enlist a bona fide young adult to help me out here. So: meet Elle Boyle.

Elle is a high school junior in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she is not throwing discus and shotput for her high school track team, she enjoys reading a wide variety of books that sweep her off her feet. As you'll soon see , she is both brainy and beautiful. Click HERE to read her latest review, of Adam Silvera's History Is All You Left Me.

Jessica Strawser: Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You begins with an event so startling there is no possible chance you’ll put the book down. A woman named Violet is vacationing with her husband Finn and her little son Bear, luxuriating in the bright beauty of the Florida sun and sand, her mind drifting in lazy, grateful reminiscence. In one of those fantastic meet-cute situations, she and Finn had first encountered each other on a trip to this very beach—thrown together during an emergency in which there’d been no chance to exchange information. In a show of inexplicable cosmic irony, ... MORE

Latest Book Reviews

We Could Be Beautiful: Swan Huntley

It’s very difficult to write a book with an unlikable main character. Or, I should say, it’s very difficult to write a book with an unlikable main character that people will actually like. Happily, Swan Huntley pulls it off with We Could Be Beautiful.


WCBB is about a shallow Manhattan heiress, Catherine West, who views herself as a bit of a poor-little-rich-girl, suffering from a lack of fulfillment despite her massive wealth. Part of it is simple boredom. She owns an artsy-fartsy stationery boutique in the Village, but she rarely bothers to work there, instead preferring random drop-ins to critique the performance of her two employees. She maintains a lavish schedule of massages, exercise, and shopping, all fueled by regular trust-fund infusions, but none of those things manage to obscure the yawning hole in Catherine’s life. ... MORE

Chevy Stevens: Never Let You Go


I read Stevens' debut novel Still Missing when it was released in 2010 and remember it as one of the creepiest abduction scenes ever (let's just say I decided not to be a real-estate agent after reading it.) Her latest thriller, Never Let You Go, comes out today and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy.
When it comes to selecting men, Lindsey Nash has issues. Her husband, Andrew, is a stellar representative of the male gender, except for his frightening control-freak tendencies, and a bone-deep meanness that occasionally lapses into psychotic rage. Needless to say 
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Nathan Hill: The Nix

Let’s open with this: a politician, the faux-folksy governor of Wyoming—who harbors presidential aspirations, despite a blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution—is attacked in a park in Chicago. Various news outlets, in their haste to break the story, do not bother to ascertain any details before issuing a slew of hysterical, speculative headlines. To the utter delight of the media, it gradually emerges that the governor was hit by “projectiles” (i.e. a handful of pebbles) tossed by a teaching assistant with the vaguely insane-sounding name of Faye Andresen-Anderson. As an added bonus, apparently Faye’s past includes a stint as a war protestor and—wait for it—an arrest for prostitution. 


This is just too much. How can one headline possibly gather all these amazing details? RADICAL HIPPIE PROSTITUTE TEACHER BLINDS GOV. PACKER IN VICIOUS ATTACK!

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What I'm Reading Now

May 2017:

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena; Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg; Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin


April 2017:

The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional by Agustin Fuentes;

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave; We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen; The Wonder by Emma Donoghue; The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn; Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond


March 2017:

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles; All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai; The Wife by Meg Wolitzer; The Ax by Donald Westlake; The Widow by Fiona Barton; Casualties by Elizabeth Marro; They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

*Support readers! Books purchased through links return 4-10% to this website, all of which is donated to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Never Let You Go
We Could Be Beautiful
The Sellout
The Regulars
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty
Dave Eggers The Circle
The Guineveres
The Nix
Sweet lamb of Heaven
House Without Windows
Lab Girl
The Underground Railroad
Frank Einstein
The things we wish were true
The Last Treasure
Truly, Madly, Guilty
I Am No One
Leave Me
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
The Hopefuls
into thin air
The Girls Emma Cline
wonder women
Today will be different Maria Semple
Before the Fall Noah Hawley
Dark Matter Blake Crouch
Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Hollow Man by Mark Pryor
The Big Dark Rodman Philbrick
A Primate’s Memoir
Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fieldi
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
The World Without Us
A Walk in the Woods
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Tom Wolfe
Remade by Neal Stephenson
Eloise by Kay Thompson
The Little Friend
Thank you For Smoking by Buckley
The Martian
Last Ride To Graceland
the future of the mind
About Kimmery

Kimmery Martin won her first short story contest in the first grade, and was awarded a red stuffed elephant and publication in the school newspaper.  Her writing career then suffered an unfortunate dry spell, finally broken with the publication of the enthralling journal article Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Staging of Melanoma, followed by the equally riveting sequel Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Pelvic Malignancies, both during medical school.


Conscious readers remained elusive, however, prompting her to wait another decade or so before trying again.  This time, spurred on by a dubious but loving husband and three constantly interfering children, she produced an entire novel.  Trauma Queen, exploring the startling secrets in a friendship between a trauma surgeon and a pediatrician, became an instantly beloved classic amongst three of her friends.  It will be published by Penguin Random House in 2018.


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