Title: A White Coat Is My Closet
Author: Jake Wells
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Zack Sheldon doesn’t have time to be lonely. He’s in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he’s confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he’s too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.
Zack spots Sergio from across the gym, and then a chance meeting poolside somehow turns into a date. Before Zack knows it, they’ve become a couple, but Zack’s white coat is his closet at the hospital, and committing to a relationship with Sergio makes it difficult for Zack to continue hiding behind it. On the other hand, he grew up in a small town where being gay was shameful, and he works in an environment that can sometimes be homophobic, so it’s hard for him to open up about who he really is. Before Zack can make a choice on his own terms, circumstances force him to make a decision. He can continue to hide, or he can step out from behind his white coat and risk everything for love.
My View – Story:
This has got to be one of the most difficult books I have ever tried to rate and review.
Zack is a pediatric doctor who comes across as compassionate and driven. He is in the closet at work and with his family and can only really be his true self with close friends. He hasn’t had a great deal of success with relationships and is certainly lacking self esteem where other men are concerned. On the flip side of this he can be quite derogatory about other men he sees and I found I didn’t like this character trait.
Sergio is the handsome man that Zack has spied at the gym and then meets by the pool. He is fun, outgoing and completely happy in his skin. He is definitely not in the closet. He also seemed to have endless patience with Zack who didn’t always treat him that well.
You cannot fail to be impressed with the attention to detail where the medical procedures are concerned. There is an immense amount of knowledge but I must admit some of it went straight over my head as I have no experience in such things. Sometimes it felt more like listening to a lecture rather than a story.
The romance is slow. Very, very slow. I would describe the story more of a diary about Zack with added romance in it when Sergio becomes part of Zack’s life. It’s a rundown of Zack’s day to day life and a lot of it doesn’t involve Sergio at all. A lot of the story takes place at the hospital and there are some very funny parts when listening to Zack’s inner musings.
This is a stark look at the life of a man who’s upbringing and adult life have always pointed to the fact that it is not ok to be different. His fear of their bigotry is far stronger in the beginning than his desire to be happy. Sergio is the one thing in the world that may push him to alter his thoughts and enable enough bravery to become more open. Their conversation outside the restaurant is both heartfelt and heartbreaking.
When Zack’s private life crashes in on his work life he is left with no choice but to stand up for what matters and for me the story really picked up, it felt like Zack finally came into his own. The epilogue felt right and I was pleased to see happiness finally for Zack and Sergio.
My View – Narration:
I’m not sure Randy Fuller was the right narrator for this story but he certainly spoke clearly for thirteen and a half hours. His voice is very deep and flat and there was not much cadence in his tone in the conversations. He reminded me of the voice you hear on TV shows that are loud and echo.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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