Review: This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay



Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.


I’ve never read a book quite like This is Going to Hurt! It was equal parts hilarious, saddening, and eye-opening. I am so supportive of the NHS and it’s workers in this country, this book is proof of the amazing work doctors and nurses do for us every single day that a lot of us take for granted.

I’ve said it a million times before, but I find comedy in books really hard to connect with and I rarely laugh out loud at books. To begin with, I thought the humour in this one felt a bit forced and I was sure I wasn’t going to enjoy this as much as I’d hoped but soon enough I began really enjoying the humour and found myself outwardly laughing at some of Kay’s anecdotes. I even read some of the passages out loud to Matt, now that’s praise!

The writing in this book is really well done. It’s full of wit, sarcasm, and self-deprecating humour while also being filled with some controversial and powerful moments. Told in diary form entry this is a really easy book to speed through, even when it comes to some of the harder hitting moments.

Call me heartless, but unlike a lot of others who’ve read this book, I didn’t find myself on the edge of, or even in, tears. There is definitely a fair share of upsetting entries, so be warned but it didn’t hit me as hard as it did others.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this short read. It light-heartedly highlighted the ever-growing struggles of NHS workers while offering a humorous outlook of working as a junior doctor. I can also tell you this has put me off having kids for life!

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