“And if you don’t think you’re the kind of person that happens for, then you’re my best friend and I need you to know I need you to know this about yourself, because you are bigger than you and me, and you are loved, Isabel. You will always be loved. And it will be so good.”
Title: Sick Kids In Love
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Date Published: November 5, 2019
Number of Pages: 183 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Romance.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Chronic illness. Graphic descriptions of chronic diseases, symptoms esp. pain, and treatments. Hospitals. Internalized Ableism. Ableism. Underage drinking.
⚠ Book Tags : Disability. Chronic disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Bisexuality rep. Jewish rep. LGBT & POC side characters.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 💑👨🏻🦼👩🏻🦽💖🌈🏥💋💯
Book Blurb from Goodreads
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
–for the other person.
She’s got issues. She’s got secrets. She’s got rheumatoid arthritis.
But then she meets another sick kid.
He’s got a chronic illness Isabel’s never heard of, something she can’t even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who’s a doctor.
He’s gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
It’s never felt better–
–to consider breaking that rule for him.
About the Author
Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015’s NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She’s also the co-author of GENA/FINN with Kat Helgeson and has contributed to several anthologies. She lives in Maryland with several cats, none of whom are violent.
The book is about:
Sick Kids in Love tells the story of Isabel, a teen who has rheumatoid arthritis, and Sasha, another teen who has Gaucher’s disease. The title says it all.. it is about their romance, it’s beginnings, and what happens after.
What drew me in:
First off, I confess that I am always a sucker for pretty covers and I definitely adored this one. I was also one of those people who rode on TFIOS craze because I loved all the hurt that came with it.
But, I loved that Sick Kids In Love gave a promise on the cover — that they will not die in this one! Technically, it is not much of a spoiler and I love that I’d not have to deal with death in this one.
I was also attracted to this book because last year I read a book called Cursed written by Karol Ruth Silverstein and it talked about juvenile arthritis.
Characters & connections:
Isabel is a lovely character. Though the readers are privy to her frustration, pain, and problems, she is fighting against her struggles and living her life the best that she can. She is very real in a way that she shows that she cannot be nice all the time, that she is in pain, and she knows what she deserves.
Sasha, on the other hand, is a cute cinnamon roll. He is absolutely adorable and he looks at things positively, even when he struggles with his disease. He is sweet and smart and very caring, too.
I felt very connected to these characters and I was so heavily rooting for their success — even when the decisions that they were making were not really the best ones.
Everything I liked:
One of the best things about this book is the way that it discusses illnesses, especially invisible ones. People lean towards prejudice in almost everything we do and we (yes, including myself) sometimes forget how it actually is for people who are dealing with chronic illnesses that we do not actually see.
Isabel’s struggles with the pain that she feels and the way the medical system addresses her concerns is quite painful. As Sasha’s illness is outwardly manifested and Isabel’s is not, the readers were able to see how frustrating and sad the reality is.
I have a close friend who suffers from lupus and it is onr disease that is not really visible. She was provided with a PWD (Persons with Disabilities) ID card by the government, which means that she has discounts and other privileges. Unfortunately, she always says that most establishments and workers look at her differently and sometimes thinks that her ID is fake and she is just abusing benefits made for someone else. It’s sad that in our country, and probably others, society is still greatly unaware of invisible illnesses.
On a lighter note, I love the romance aspect in this book. The dynamic between Sasha and Isabel is very cute, but very real as well. Aside from their fun banter, they also have deep conversations, including sexuality.
I adored this book in its entirety and I love how it was not so heavy even when the topics that it discusses are. It allowed sick kids to be kids, still.. to experience love and life and learning from their mistakes.
This book was very real and I love how it talks about being allowed to feel bad and sad and that life is not always full of rainbows and happiness and unicorns. It shows that in life, sometimes you won’t find all the answers and that’s okay.
All in all, Sick Kids In Love is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I recommend it to everyone!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.67/5 ☁
♡ , Yna the Mood Reader