I work full time in a hospital that is not immune from TV worthy drama and scandals, so when I read the synopsis for this book I really hoped it would be authentic and juicy in the same way I see play out at work. Not only was it ‘Perfectly Adequate’ in that regard, but this story captures several layers of real life struggles in a genuine and endearing way… divorce, mental health, single parenthood, dating, human need, emotions, family dynamics, etc. It’s quirky, refreshingly blunt and an honest portrayal of navigating love on the human spectrum.
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I don’t mind being me. No one else can do it better.
It’s easy to love someone when they love you back, when they want you, when they need you. It’s not near as easy to have that same deep love when they seem to despise you or when they kick you out of their life.
Dr. Elijah Hawkins needs … something.
After his wife jumps headfirst into a midlife crisis, he’s left with his young son, Roman, and a lot of unanswered questions.
That something turns out to be a someone—Dorothy Mayhem, nursing student, patient transporter, reckless driver, and emu owner.
Dorothy studies humans, the neurotypical kind, through books and television. Then she emulates their behavioral patterns to fit in with her peers.
But nothing can prepare her for Dr. Elijah Hawkins.
Brilliant pediatric oncologist.
And the sexiest doctor at the hospital.
When his failed attempts at asking her out turn into a string of playdates with his son, Dorothy finds herself unexpectedly enamored with the boy and his father.
And that’s a problem, a huge one, because Elijah’s ex-wife is a famous plastic surgeon—and Dorothy’s idol.
Perfectly Adequate is a beautiful, hilarious, and heart-felt journey along the “human” spectrum.