• On Rotation

  • A Novel
  • By: Shirlene Obuobi
  • Narrated by: Mela Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

ONE OF BETCHES' "22 BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ THIS YEAR"

In this dazzling debut novel, Shirlene Obuobi explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want, how to get it, & who you are, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you’re traveling is going to be a bumpy ride.

Ghanaian-American Angela Appiah has checked off all the boxes for the “Perfect Immigrant Daughter.”

  • Enroll in an elite medical school
  • Snag a suitable lawyer/doctor/engineer boyfriend
  • Surround self with a gaggle of successful and/or loyal friends

But then it quickly all falls apart: her boyfriend dumps her, she bombs the most important exam of her medical career, and her best friend pulls away. And her parents, whose approval seems to hinge on how closely she follows the path they chose, are a lot less proud of their daughter. It’s a quarter life crisis of epic proportions.

Angie, who has always faced her problems by working “twice as hard to get half as far,” is at a loss. Suddenly, she begins to question everything: her career choice, her friendships, even why she's attracted to men who don't love her as much as she loves them.

And just when things couldn’t get more complicated, enter Ricky Gutierrez—brilliant, thoughtful, sexy, and most importantly, seems to see Angie for who she is instead of what she can represent.

Unfortunately, he’s also got “wasteman” practically tattooed across his forehead, and Angie’s done chasing mirages of men. Or so she thinks. For someone who’s always been in control, Angie realizes that there’s one thing she can’t plan on: matters of her heart.

©2022 Shirlene Obuobi (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great story and narration!

Mela Lee (who is the voice of lifeline from apex) brings Obuobi's fantastic writing to life!

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Love Love Love this book!!!

Great story! Fantastic narration!!
This love story was sweet and it made me smile. AMAZING!!!!❤️

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Delightful Weekend Read

Delectable from start to finish. I Ravenously devoured every moment and found myself longing for more. I'm hoping there's a second book in the works.

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Enjoyable all Around!

This is not my go to genre but I am so happy I took a xhance. The characters are wobderfully developed. The narration was seemless. A great listen in every aspect.

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Truly, the doctor knows best

Ah, this book, this book. As someone with a medical background, I found this story plausible. The characters were lovable and overall story extremely enjoyable. I laughed with them, cried for them (ok not really), and certainly cheered for them.
Characters were well rounded. I loved this little world that Miss Shirlene has created. I didn’t want to finish it! It was cool learning about the two cultures—- seamlessly done.

Performance: Anything touched by Miss Mela Lee is gold!!

Well done all the way around!

READ IT!

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Awesome

Great listen. I loved this book. It held my interest till the end. Had a variety of types of people in it which made it more interesting with the different personalities. Loved how they still blended even though they were different.

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Quite Refreshing!

It’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel! The writing (and performance), is excellent and the story quite refreshing. The characters were so well developed that you can see them in your mind’s eye. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Dr. Obuobi’s books.

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Needs a warning LOL

Ok. So this audiobook needs to come with a warning to medical students and young residents that they shouldn’t actually listen to (or read) it while actually on rotation. I am completely consumed!! LOL. Luckily I can slack off as an attending haha. Love it. Great authorship and narration. I have a few hours left but couldn’t wait to write a review.

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A Fun Listen

Dr. Obuobi has done a great job portraying the love life of an American medical student. It was very fun to listen to, even if sometimes it threw me back to those uncomfortable medical student days. I loved the inclusivity of the book as well- it felt like real life, from immigrant families to LGTBQA+. The characters are complex and real. The narrator does an amazing job. Enjoy, you will be happy you did! I follow the author on social media and she has some great drawings and character summaries on her IG account. I felt like I could see this book becoming a great Anime movie! But for real, I just want to see Ricky’s paintings ;)

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Physician or not

Read this book. There is enough descriptions about medical training to adore these characters for “civilians. Although there is a lot of romantic love I really love watching Angie fall in love with herself.