What It Is

Fiction - New Adult
256 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2017
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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

When the only men who fall in front of you are dead, then you either have a problem, or you work in a morgue - or both as it is the case for Lexi, the protagonist of What It Is by Kit Sergeant. The young woman who hoped to be admitted to med school after college has to face a harsh reality: her application was declined, and until she can try again, she needs to fill a whole year with something that will a) earn her some money, and b) improve her chances to be accepted next time. A job in the morgue does not seem to be the most appealing choice, but it is a start - and clearly related to being a doctor. Her private life is also less than ideal: her best friend doesn't want to hear about Lexi's new job, and something seems to be going on between her and her ideal boyfriend. Lexi only wishes she had a relationship like that, and can't understand why her best friend doesn't appreciate what she has. Then Lexi's old high school crush turns up on the scene, but of course nothing ever happens the way it should.

I found some of the information in What It Is by Kit Sergeant rather interesting. While I am a bit squeamish when it comes to the internal workings of the human body, I found the novel described things in a way that were not too much like what you'd find in a horror novel, but really adequate for this genre - and unless you already know a lot about what happens to the human body after death, you can't help but learn a few things. Unlike other chick lit novels, this one isn't all about love and cheesy encounters. It's more like real life. Rough, sad sometimes, often confusing, and not everyone gets a happy ending. I liked that very much, because in the real world, the "happily ever after" is a very rare occurrence. Lexi had to take a path she originally did not intend to take, and this leads her to what she truly wants to do. That was another aspect I enjoyed: someone finding their own path even though it's not what the family would have wanted. It's an entertaining read, and you won't regret picking it up if you're looking for something light, yet with enough substance.