Jennifer Reese
October 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When Amy Silverstein was 24, her heart began to fail and she received a transplant from a 13-year-old girl who’d died in a car accident. Most folks would be grateful, but 17 years later, although she is happily married with a 10-year-old son, jogs regularly, and vacations in Spain, Silverstein wants us to know how hard she’s had it with fatigue and steroids that make her look fat. ”I sure was pretty once, wasn’t I?” she complains in Sick Girl. ”And carefree. I’d had my own heart back then?” It’s hard to blame Silverstein for resenting fickle friends and doctors who sometimes failed her. But it’s impossible to warm to her shrill self-pitying book. C

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