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Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-- It's safer-- It's better-- --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. Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-- It's safer-- It's better-- --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 complicated-- It's dangerous-- It's never felt better-- --to consider breaking that rule for him.


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Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-- It's safer-- It's better-- --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. Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-- It's safer-- It's better-- --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 complicated-- It's dangerous-- It's never felt better-- --to consider breaking that rule for him.

30 review for Sick Kids in Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Sick Kids In Love is getting slammed on the "best of the year" shelf SO FAST that my heart is still beating overtime. I loved it. Absolutely, wholly, achingly so. I'm really passionate about #ownvoices books and disability lit, especially when both collide in stories that are so deeply needed in this world. This is about the reality of chronic illnesses, and it's also about control and being vulnerable and being proud and owning your mistakes and apologising. It has TWO Jewish main characters!! Sick Kids In Love is getting slammed on the "best of the year" shelf SO FAST that my heart is still beating overtime. I loved it. Absolutely, wholly, achingly so. I'm really passionate about #ownvoices books and disability lit, especially when both collide in stories that are so deeply needed in this world. This is about the reality of chronic illnesses, and it's also about control and being vulnerable and being proud and owning your mistakes and apologising. It has TWO Jewish main characters!! Which I loved. And I am a MESS over it, in the best possible way. I thoroughly want everyone to read this book. e v e r y o n e ..."The sick kids don't die in this one..." This is the tagline and you KNOW this book isn't here to mess around with problematic stereotypes. This is reason #4984 we need more #Ownvoices disability and chronic illness rep, okay? So I have a disability but i'm able-bodied, so I'm not equating my experience to Isabel and Sasha's completely in this review at all. But I have to say...so much of this book resonated with me, had me turning pages fervently into the night unable to put it down, while I felt so. very. seen. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and Sasha has Gaucher Disease. Her illness is invisible, his isn't. There is so so much nuance in the discussion of this, how it feels to be told "you're perfectly healthy" when your body is screaming in pain. How Isabel is gaslit by doctors and literally has moments where she's scared she made up her pain? How her friends encourage her to do things that will leave her in pain because they don't want to "hold her back". How she IS disabled but can she be proud of it? Can she own it, when people like Sasha are obviously worse? Sasha is constantly in hospital, his bones break so easily, he goes on oxygen a lot, his body bares the scares of wounds and devastations and shutting down organs. Like, it just makes me cry to read a book about disability where you can acknowledge the suckage and also be proud of who you are. And these kids are 16 so YES they make mistakes and they can be shitty to each other. I really really really loved that too?? They're flawed and they're perfect because of that. I want to read books where they're disabled or sick and they DON'T die and they DON'T have to become someone else to find love. (And none of this is a spoiler because it's literally the tagline!!!) ...all the romance feels. Okay so also, the romance is perfect and 10/10 would die for Sasha and Isabel. I also super loved how the book features a growing relationship. I love #meetcutes where that's the whole romance dynamic, but I also want more books about learning TO be in a relationship that isn't all "we just met so everything is perfect" feels?!? GAH THESE TWO. My heart imploded for them and their growing pains.I just so so so wanted them to be okay together. ...new favourite characters I mean obviously. I'm going to gush this whole review. Buckle up. Isabel -- Like I love her? She's in pain and struggling, she doesn't want to change for a boy, but how do you know when you're changing for better? She's not always nice. She's real. She's not a risk taker. She's not always okay but she doesn't know when she's allowed to admit it. And she DOES N O T DATE...but then there's Sasha. Sasha -- okay he is ADORABLE and a total dork and falls in love very very fast. They're both Jewish so they connect over that, while Sasha just sort of envelops Isabel into his messy and dynamic family. And I love how he's perfect but he's not, and he's very very sick, but doesn't get angry. But he forgets his perspective isn't the only one.Also my favourite thing? Just them hanging out. Just them being CUTE TOGETHER. Omg the cute levels shattered me at every opportunity. I loooooove them. "You know what will be fun?" "What?" "When we can stop pretending that we're interesting people who go out and do things and instead we can hang out and just do nothing." It's incredible to hear those words out of someone's mouth besides mine. Not that I've ever said them, actually. Who would I say them to? "That sounds amazing," I say. #RelatableContent ...I can't even stop thinking about it. It's definitely the kind of book that has stuck with me. I finished it and immediately wanted to reread. Loveable and messy, and heartbreaking and healing. It has so much pain and pride, and it's incredibly well written. Dialogue you'll be addicted to. Cute moments to smother yourself in smiles. Heart wrenching moments you will closer your eyes and panic over. This book, okay. This book. "Y'know I googled you, too," he says. "You did?" "Yeah, well first I had to look you up because you said your dad was the...y'know, the head guy, and I was curious. And then I found out your last name was Garfinkel and realised you must be Jewish, and so now I'm in love with you." "I'm sick," I say. "And I don't wish that I wasn't. And I don't really care how uncomfortable that makes you anymore." "I think it was like..." She paints a stripe of nail polish. "We didn't want you to feel like you were less capable." "And I appreciate that, but I don't actually need to feel more capable. I need to feel like it's okay to not be more capable."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I have to rename this book and call it: “Amazing kids in love”! I’m so pissed off because my early request was rejected by NetGalley and I had to wait for the actual release date and after book’s releasing, I had already too much books on my plate to consume. So I wasted a lot of time to get my hands on this one and as soon as I started, I mesmerized and loved the story so much. I wished I could read it before. It’s not heart wrecking, extreme emotional story which made me like it more. The book I have to rename this book and call it: “Amazing kids in love”! I’m so pissed off because my early request was rejected by NetGalley and I had to wait for the actual release date and after book’s releasing, I had already too much books on my plate to consume. So I wasted a lot of time to get my hands on this one and as soon as I started, I mesmerized and loved the story so much. I wished I could read it before. It’s not heart wrecking, extreme emotional story which made me like it more. The book contains so many heavy stuffs like chronic illnesses, betrayal, abandonment, neglect, dysfunctional families. You feel so sorry for these lovely characters never treated with kid gloves, learning to deal so much pain at early stages of their lives. SASHA, sweet, patient, smart, sarcastic, caring boyfriend and ISABEL; also smart, friendly, lonely, sad, insecure about her own feelings, always needs to hear people’s thoughts before giving a decision. They’re both sick, suffering, spending most of their youth time at the hospitals, having limited capacity to achieve something needs too much physical performance ( Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis, even standing at the subway car or flipping book pages could be hurtful for her joints and Sasha has Gaucher disease . His bones can break easily, taking his oxygen tube with him, suffering from bleeding nose.) Isabel always questions everything with her life because when she was sick, she hasn’t been diagnosed and she had gaslighted by her own doctors who told her she was okay. Then her mother left her with her father who had a crazy work schedule (yes, ironically, her father is a doctor, too.) forced him spending so much time out of the house. Isabel lives alone most of the time, trying to adapt with her healthy friends’ lives. She has a rule not to date because she doesn’t know how to trust people or how to trust her own self because she never had good role models to guide her to make better life choices. And then she meets Sasha… Isabel doesn’t like to take risks, calculating her every move, being afraid of making mistakes. But she likes this boy a lot. Sasha has entertainingly weird and messy crowded family. Isabel finds herself become a member of this family, too. Sasha seems taking her insecurities seriously and with his patience, he finally achieves to deal with her stubbornness so they start to date. They made mistakes… shitty ones… did wrong things… said wrong things… but they learned from them and they improved…because they achieved to talk with each other openly and honestly. It’s inevitable, they fell in love and I have to admit THEY ARE FREAKINGLY ONE OF THE CUTEST LITERARY COUPLES I’ve lately read. Other thing I loved the most about this book, the column questions and Sasha’s witty, smartass, entertaining answers which made me laugh so hard. From supporting characters I loved Ashley (of course I’m joking, I hate the guts of controlling, self –obsessed, cruel bitch and I’m so sure she didn’t deserve friendship of Isabel).Maura was okay, at least as a friend she tried to understand Isabel’s condition and empathizes with her. I think Sasha’s dead Dmitri and sister Nadia are my favorite supporting characters. I loved this meaningful, realistic, effective writing style and well-rounded characters and of course those amazing kids’ story would always stay in my heart. I already started to check more Moskowitz’s books and added “Gone Gone Gone” to my tbr mountain. (I started to sell tickets for skiing and it gets more humongous at each second.) I’m so sure I’m gonna love it, too. But this book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    It's spooky to read about a character who has such a similar illness to me but also really powerful. It's nice to feel seen! Overall this was very cute and the main thing that propelled me forward was reading about how the couple navigated chronic illness. Always great to read new perspectives.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I wrote this, and I'm so incredibly excited for people to read it. NOBODY DIES. The playlist is long and not especially diverse: If I Was Sick--Guy Forsyth It's a Pleasure to Meet You--Motion City Soundtrack Her Morning Elegance--Oren Lavie Dancing Through Life--Wicked Cast Recording Sister Winter--Sufjan Stevens Falling Slowly--Once Soundtrack Falling for the First Time--Barenaked Ladies Strange--The Feeling Delicate--Taylor Swift Same Old Stuff--The Feeling Best Worst Mistake--If/Then Cast Recording One I wrote this, and I'm so incredibly excited for people to read it. NOBODY DIES. The playlist is long and not especially diverse: If I Was Sick--Guy Forsyth It's a Pleasure to Meet You--Motion City Soundtrack Her Morning Elegance--Oren Lavie Dancing Through Life--Wicked Cast Recording Sister Winter--Sufjan Stevens Falling Slowly--Once Soundtrack Falling for the First Time--Barenaked Ladies Strange--The Feeling Delicate--Taylor Swift Same Old Stuff--The Feeling Best Worst Mistake--If/Then Cast Recording One Night Town--Ingrid Michaelson and Mat Kearney If I Fell--Across the Universe soundtrack Just The Way You Are--Billy Joel King of My Heart--Taylor Swift New Year's Day--Taylor Swift Dogs--Damien Rice The Book of Love--The Magnetic Fields Could I Be You--Matchbox 20 Out of the Woods--Taylor Swift New Romantics--Taylor Swift Talking in Code--Margot and the Nuclear So and So's The Worst Part--Motion City Soundtrack Hold Me Down--Motion City Soundtrack Give up/Give in--Motion City Soundtrack Breakway--Kelly Clarkson You Were Right--Badly Drawn Boy The Way I Am--Ingrid Michaelson Love Story--Taylor Swift Get Happy--Bowling for Soup You Are in Love--Taylor Swift Wires--Athlete Tic--Loch Lomond Chasing Cars--Snow Patrol Here is a Heart--Jenny Owen Youngs In My Life--The Beatles Calendar Girl--Stars Call it What You Want--Taylor Swift

  5. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    This book was utterly amazing and so not the tearjerker I was expecting!! "I guess when I met him I felt some kind of camaraderie. Here was someone who was just going to deal with the everyday slog of being sick for the rest of his normal-length life until he died of something completely unrelated, just like me. That’s a weird and special and boring kind of existence that you don’t get to share with a lot of people." Isabel and Sasha meet cute in the infusion room of a hospital. She’s being This book was utterly amazing and so not the tearjerker I was expecting!! "I guess when I met him I felt some kind of camaraderie. Here was someone who was just going to deal with the everyday slog of being sick for the rest of his normal-length life until he died of something completely unrelated, just like me. That’s a weird and special and boring kind of existence that you don’t get to share with a lot of people." Isabel and Sasha meet cute in the infusion room of a hospital. She’s being treated for her rheumatoid arthritis, he has a genetic illness few have heard of, Gaucher disease. She’s immediately attracted to his carefree, easy manner, but she’s definitely not interested in dating. Sasha thinks she’s adorable. They figure they’ll see each other again in a few months when their treatments overlap. But they encounter each other much quicker, because he breaks his arm and is back in the hospital when she’s volunteering. (Her father helps run the hospital, so she's there a lot.) For Isabel, whose intensity is driven by fear and anger and insecurity, who can never make a decision without crowdsourcing and overthinking, Sasha is an oasis of humor, calm (even when he’s struggling), and of course, handsomeness. She has sworn off dating (not for any particular reason, but she said she wasn't going to do it), but when all signs point to a relationship with Sasha, she isn't sure what to do. Their friendship intensifies, as for the first time both understand exactly how the other feels about doctors who don’t listen, impatient nurses, people who don’t take your illness seriously or expect you to do more than you can. Sasha falls in love with Isabel but she’s afraid to let down her guard. I may be morbid, but one of my favorite books of the decade is The Fault in Our Stars, so I jumped into this book ready to have my heart torn to pieces. And it was, but not for the reasons I expected. These kids are ALIVE despite their illnesses and have differing ways of dealing with that and those around them. Their love story is both unique and familiar, and just so beautiful (although they are, at times, more sophisticated than your average teenager). I read this Sick Kids in Love in a matter of just a few hours. After I finished I discovered that Hannah Moskowitz wrote a book called Gone Gone Gone about seven years ago, and I also loved that. So she’s definitely a writer you need to read, even if reading about ill teenagers isn't your thing. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    I feel seen. And in the best possible sense. This is own voices for chronic illness rep and it is seriously brilliant. Not only is this story utterly adorable and will fulfil any need you have in your life for a cute and fluffy story... But it's also authentic. I didn't even know that was truly possible before this book. Sick kids in love. Sick kids being cute and adorable while being real and honest. Sick kids taking ownership of their identity. Sick kids being allowed to be sick kids and not I feel seen. And in the best possible sense. This is own voices for chronic illness rep and it is seriously brilliant. Not only is this story utterly adorable and will fulfil any need you have in your life for a cute and fluffy story... But it's also authentic. I didn't even know that was truly possible before this book. Sick kids in love. Sick kids being cute and adorable while being real and honest. Sick kids taking ownership of their identity. Sick kids being allowed to be sick kids and not always having to be seen to be brave or be battling. Sick kids just living their best lives while being sick. Sick kids being funny. Sick kids being sad. Sick kids not having all the answers. Sick kids being friends with other sick kids. Sick kids being friends with healthy kids. Sick kids choosing to go out and use up all their energy and thusly pay for it with more pain and fatigue the next day...and/or days after. Sick kids who don't have to die to inspire the able bodied. Sick kids who doubt their sicknesses. Sick kids who question their pain tolerance. Sick kids who know their bodies and illnesses better than anyone else. Sick kids who fight for the right to be seen in a world full of invisible illnesses. Sick kids who dare to question if it's better to look sick or look like everyone else. Sick kids who get to fall in love. Sick kids who get to prove that everyone is deserving of love and that loving someone sick is not a good deed. It is not one person caring for the other in the manner of one tending to the other's health. It is simply just love. I am sick. Have been for the majority of my life. My life is about management and not cure. I am sick and that is okay. You don't have to pity me or be inspired by me. I am just sick. That is my normal. I still live a good life. I live with pain, with fatigue, with weakened immunity... But I also live with humour, with passions, with interests, with hopes, with dreams. I live with medications, medical aids, frequent trips to hospital. I require assistance for simple tasks but also have a firm grip on my independence. I am sick and I am okay with being sick. I have made my peace with it. I am sick and some days I am not okay with being sick. Somedays there is no peace and that is okay too. I am sick; it defines who I am and how I have to live. I am sick but it does not completely define me. I am a glorious medley of emotions and feelings, of hopes and dreams and am no different to anyone else. This book is mostly about society making its peace with those of us who are sick. This book shows how ableist well-intentioned, able-bodied people can be and how those of us who are sick come up against ableism at every corner. The book uses humour and romance to explore what it means to be sick through the eyes of Ibby who has rheumatoid arthritis. She meets a fellow sick kid, Sasha, who has Gaucher's disease. And they hit it off... And what follows is the sweetest love story ever. It's sensitive. It's soft. It happens gently but in the most majestic of ways. And because of her relationship with Sasha and their kinship in knowing what it means to be sick, Ibby's eyes are opened to another way of thinking. Or not really that she thinks differently. She just gains more courage and takes a stronger foothold into her own personhood. She begins to speak out about ableist attitudes that her friends and family have...they don't mean to be ableist but best intentions don't ultimately excuse the ignorant. I think I highlighted about fifty percent of this novel on my kindle. I just kept going yes!! I think this way. I have felt like that. Friends have said this to me etc etc. But what's truly great is this book doesn't paint all chronic illnesses with the one brush. It creates this sick person narrative that lets the reader know that those of us with chronic illness each experience life differently. That we are affected in a variety of ways. The book explores familial relationships between healthy and sick. It references the experiences of sick people with doctors, with not being taken seriously...a HUGE issue if you're a teen girl with an invisible illness as I can attest to. If you want a sugary sweet romance with a hefty dollop of wit and a realistic view of how it feels to have a long term chronic illness then look no further than this brilliant book. Five stars. And more if I could give more. For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    SERIOUS TOPIC BUT SURPRISINGLY - AND DELIGHTFULLY - LIGHT Based solely on the title of this book, I was expecting something along the lines of The Fault in Our Stars. So when I set out to read it, I was actually expecting to be disappointed. I never like books that feel too much like I have read it before. However, I quickly realised that this was definitely not like TFiOS! I loved TFiOS as well, but this has the opposite feeling to it, it is light, humorous and optimistic. An easy 4 stars! SERIOUS TOPIC BUT SURPRISINGLY - AND DELIGHTFULLY - LIGHT 😄 Based solely on the title of this book, I was expecting something along the lines of The Fault in Our Stars. So when I set out to read it, I was actually expecting to be disappointed. I never like books that feel too much like I have read it before. However, I quickly realised that this was definitely not like TFiOS! I loved TFiOS as well, but this has the opposite feeling to it, it is light, humorous and optimistic. An easy 4 stars! "That was beautifully distasteful." - Sasha 👍 THE THINGS I LIKED 👍 Surprise!: The title let me to believe that I would be shedding some serious tears at the end of this book, possibly also throughout. However, the feeling of this book was quite the opposite, which was very refreshing. Humor: I loved how often this book made me laugh. Like, actually laugh. Out loud! "[...] I'm really just not interested in being friends with a dead baby." - Isabel Sasha and Isabel: These two were wonderfully adorable! They had the greatest chemistry because even though they had the shared experience of their illnesses, they were so different in the way they each handled it. Chronic illness: To my knowledge, very few YA books deal with the pain of having a chronic illness. I loved how it was portrayed in this book, especially to see the different ways in which Sasha and Isabel dealt with it. It was a great representation and an eyeopener. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book goodness: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hanna

    This was such an amazing, thought-provoking book, and I'm still unpacking all my feelings about it. (Spoiler alert: they're 99.9% GOOD feelings.) So basically . . . it's the story of a sick boy and a sick girl who meet at the hospital. Sasha has Gaucher disease and Isabel (Ibby) has rheumatoid arthritis. They form a bond. Become best friends. Fall in love. Also--they don't die at the end. Which, until I read this book, I didn't realize what a huge, gaping hole there is in sick-kid representation This was such an amazing, thought-provoking book, and I'm still unpacking all my feelings about it. (Spoiler alert: they're 99.9% GOOD feelings.) So basically . . . it's the story of a sick boy and a sick girl who meet at the hospital. Sasha has Gaucher disease and Isabel (Ibby) has rheumatoid arthritis. They form a bond. Become best friends. Fall in love. Also--they don't die at the end. Which, until I read this book, I didn't realize what a huge, gaping hole there is in sick-kid representation in YA and even general fiction (obviously, that's a blind spot of mine cuz I'm not chronically ill, and I realize & accept that). It seems like it's ALWAYS gotta be "#edgy #boy or #saintly #pale #girl with a fatal sickness, who will fade into oblivion by the end but leave the protagonist Forever Changed," or what have you. Most of which books are written by HEALTHY people who are, y'know, lowkey fetishizing the whole "only the good die young" thing. Sooooooooooooooooooo--yeah. Sick Kids in Love being an own-voices book about sick folks who deal with challenges that *don't* kill them--that's actually revolutionary and I am Here For It. Sasha and Isabel's perspectives really opened my eyes to the prejudices chronically ill people are forced to deal with. Like Ibby's dad won't even allow her to say she's SICK in his presence, which, given she's dealing with never-ending pain and fatigue and occasional full-on collapses, seems utterly OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY????? And he's all "don't define yourself by your illness," which, again, as Sasha says--"what does that even mean?" And then Isabel's friends are constantlyyyyyyyyyy trying to guilt her into doing stuff that will make her pain worse ("come skiing with us! come skating with us! you're our friend so you have to enjoy the same things we enjoy!") They never even seem to consider--not for one second!--that maybe being friends with a chronically ill person is more about being THERE for them and participating in the non-physically-demanding stuff that THEY find pleasurable, instead of insisting they participate in all your "healthy person" activities to fulfill some arbitrary vision of "living life to the fullest." Which, again, and I'm pretty sure good ol' Sasha says this at one point: What does living life to the fullest even MEAN? This book comes down solidly on the side of "living life to the fullest means being with the people you love," even in quiet or 'boring' circumstances, even on days that don't feel much fun. There's this brilliant, brilliant scene where Isabel goes to Sasha's house for the first time, and she's like, I hate to spoil our date but my joints really hurt right now--and Sasha doesn't even skip a beat! He encourages her to go take a hot bath to soothe her arthritis while he sleeps off his chronic fatigue . . . and then, when they're both finished, they just laze around and watch horror films on Netflix together. It's simple. It's peaceful. It's purely what THEY want, not what somebody else tells them is 'fun.' Best. first. date. ever. [That was the moment I decided I shipped these kiddos to the moon and back. <333] My heart ached for Isabel, for her pain being constantly stifled & ignored by the people around her, even her so-called friends. Everybody EXCEPT Sasha. It was such a huge relief when she started hanging out with Sasha more and more--not like he's perfect (he ain't, he's human), but at least he u n d e r s t a n d s. At the end of the book, Ibby does cut off her worst, most insensitive "friend," and she does call out her other friends at least to a degree . . . although I wanted her to say MORE and be louder about it . . . but hey, at least she said something. (I was super annoyed at Maura, in particular, "We're sorry we treated you badly but we didn't KNOW you didn't like being treated that way, how were we SUPPOSED to know"--um, girl, USE YOUR FREAKIN' IMAGINATION. *huffs @Maura*) Okay, so I've said a ton about the sickness/disability rep but I haven't really given you an idea of what these characters are like, personality-wise. Which must be remedied!! Because their personalities are vivid & great!!! - Isabel: highkey ME, cautious, anxious, overthinking, afraid of the future, studies hard, wants to curl up with a good book, will fight you over a good book. - Sasha: soft, pure, but also annoying, but also pure, talks too much, kNITS, lENDS YOU HIS COAT, wHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW [also can I randomly say here, I loved the casual LGBT representation; as in, quite a few of the side characters were gay, and they never gave an 'explanation' for themselves, like "why are you allowed to be gay, this isn't a Gay Book," they were just THERE, which pleases me muchly.] I really, really loved the chronic illness storyline and the way it challenged me to explore my own prejudices, but I loved just as much the solid relationship development between Isabel and Sasha. They are suuuuuuuuuuuuuch a good example of how two damaged people (and aren't we all? in some way?) can still build a strong romance, if they're willing to work at it. They are so sweet and supportive of each other, and so respectful, even when they argue. Here's one thing I found incredibly convicting, in a good way: Sasha was willing to change his bad side for Ibby, but Ibby took much longer to change her bad side for Sasha, because she was afraid of changing her identity for a boy, yet--here's the key--she didn't realize that her idea of "her identity" was wrapped up with some Actual Toxic Crap. Like pervasive self-hatred and self-doubt and crippling fatalism, stuff which [she eventually figured out] would sabotage not only her relationship with this guy, but HER ENTIRE LIFE, if she kept holding onto it. It's subtle, but it's totally awesome. She goes from "you can pry my anxiety and chronic indecision out of my cold, dead fingers!!!" to "wow, actually, I'm tired of my anxiety and my chronic indecision and I think it's time I chucked 'em overboard." She goes from somebody deathly afraid of change, to somebody who actually embraces change. And sure, Sasha is the catalyst for all that--but Ibby's not doing it for Sasha. She's doing it for herself. There's one beautiful, beautiful line in here I'll remember for the rest of my life: "I think I need me to be someone that I'm not." Because it's not about who other people need you to be. It's about who YOU need you to be--only sometimes, that isn't the person you thought you were. Sometimes, it's somebody bigger. Brighter. Braver. Happier. So, I think you've gathered by now, this book is heckin' awesome, and I recommend it to every single person on my friends' list, as long as they're okay with the content I hereby list below: [semi-frequent swearing, including some use of the f-word (most of it in Ibby's internal monologue), some fairly mild kissing, one shirtless scene, and one implied but invisible sex scene. as in, they have sex but you only hear about it afterwards.]

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Bookavid

    this is a gr8 book and nobody dies

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    MAIN CHARACTER WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS ! ! ! ! ! I need this plz

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    Also in love? Me. With this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I really liked the dialogue in this one and it had some cute moments. My husband has rheumatoid arthritis so it was hard for me to not compare that, though!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Disclaimer: Both main characters in this book were sick, but they were not *that* kind of sick. They were chronically, but not terminally ill. So, to make a long story short, NOBODY DIES. "Should Sick Girl date Sick Boy?" My answer was a resounding YES, and I was so happy Isabel took a chance on Sasha, because I adored watching them fall in love. This book enchanted me. It cast a spell on me, and didn't let go, until the very end. So, how did I love thee? Let me list the ways: • Rating: 4.5 Stars Disclaimer: Both main characters in this book were sick, but they were not *that* kind of sick. They were chronically, but not terminally ill. So, to make a long story short, NOBODY DIES. "Should Sick Girl date Sick Boy?" My answer was a resounding YES, and I was so happy Isabel took a chance on Sasha, because I adored watching them fall in love. This book enchanted me. It cast a spell on me, and didn't let go, until the very end. So, how did I love thee? Let me list the ways: • Sasha and Isabel were the type of characters I never fail to adore. They had an ample supply of wit, which fueled some fantastic exchanges and had me in full-on grin mode. I loved their quirks and their humor, and I adored them together. • I was excited that Moskowitz addressed what it's like to be chronically, but invisibly ill. The book was filled with scenarios, as well as with Sasha's and Isabel's thoughts and commentary on being invisibly ill, and I felt this idea was skillfully and thoughtfully explored. • Family was omnipresent in this story, and I am always a fan of that. Sasha's family were so full of life and love, and it was beautiful the way they embraced Isabel. Her dad was not a bad guy, but he worked a lot, and her mother was estranged. Therefore, I was happy she easily slipped into Sasha's world. • The romance between this two was so smile-inducing. Seriously, I am smiling so much right now, that my face hurts. Sasha's big monologue was enough to make my heart explode, but there were many other moments just like that throughout the book. Moskowitz did such a beautiful job capturing first love here. There were all these tooth-achingly sweet moments, and though Sasha and Isabel hit a few rough patches, this was a relationship built on friendship, love, trust, and honesty. • Isabel's question columns were so amazing. I really enjoyed those bits between the chapters, and also liked the way Moskowitz integrated them into the story. Overall: This was such a beautiful book about love, empathy, and self acceptance, which caused my Grinchy heart to expand, and left me with a bad case of the warm-fuzzies. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I went into this book bracing myself for cliches or for it to be something similar to what I’ve read before. But I was thrilled to be mistaken. I loved this book. LOVED. IT. I’ve never had a character articulate what I had felt before as I had in this book. I cried several times while reading because this author GOT IT. I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis when I was 14 years old after being misdiagnosed several times. I’ve had those friends who have unintentionally made I went into this book bracing myself for cliches or for it to be something similar to what I’ve read before. But I was thrilled to be mistaken. I loved this book. LOVED. IT. I’ve never had a character articulate what I had felt before as I had in this book. I cried several times while reading because this author GOT IT. I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis when I was 14 years old after being misdiagnosed several times. I’ve had those friends who have unintentionally made insensitive comments. I’ve had undergone treatments in both of my knees so I can walk. I have had to stay in my apartment all day because i physically could not get out of bed. I hid my illness for four years until an unplanned hospitalization made me “come out” as chronically ill and it was honestly the best thing to happen. My basketball team hosted a Lupus Awareness Night and sold t-shirts. All of the proceeds went to the Lupus Foundation. My community got an education on what an invisible illness looks like. This is a book that I wish my 14 year old self could have read. But I’m so appreciative that there are teenagers today that will read this. It will help those that are chronically ill AND help educate their loved ones. Thank you Hannah Moskowitz, this is one of the greatest gifts I never thought to ask for.

  15. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    i'm not going to shut up about this book for a long, long time. Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram i'm not going to shut up about this book for a long, long time. ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram

  16. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    An honest, real and adorable story of two teenagers with chronic illnesses falling in love. Oh and they don't die in this one.... This book was so adorable! Even though it dealt with heavy topics like chronic illness, dysfunctional families, betrayal and ablest friends, it wasn't depressing! It was actually really cute and uplifting, and I loved it! The characters were so well written and developed. They felt real, had flaws and will be so relatable to young people suffering from chronic illnesses. An honest, real and adorable story of two teenagers with chronic illnesses falling in love. Oh and they don't die in this one.... This book was so adorable! Even though it dealt with heavy topics like chronic illness, dysfunctional families, betrayal and ablest friends, it wasn't depressing! It was actually really cute and uplifting, and I loved it! The characters were so well written and developed. They felt real, had flaws and will be so relatable to young people suffering from chronic illnesses. Isabel, a Jewish teenager with Rheumatoid Arthritis (joint pain, swelling, stiffness, fatigue) was such a great character! Smart, and realistic, I really felt for what she had been through, in terms of her family, and from having such an invisible illness. Doctors, friends and family didn't believe her illness was real because she looked 'normal' and blood tests were clear, but she was living with very real pain. Isabel couldn't do the things, other teenagers do, she was living with an illness, and it affected her quality of life. Things like walking from the station to school, sitting for long periods, going skiing, or to a dance, even the clothes she wore. Sasha...what an incredible character! Also Jewish, Sasha suffered from a genetic illness called Gaucher disease (symptoms include anemia, fatigue, enlarged spleen and liver, bone pain and fractures and easy bruising and bleeding) which I had never heard of before. He was so funny, with a dark, sarcastic sense of humour which I loved. He was goofy, honest, open and calm. I adored his optimistic outlook on life! He had such a positive attitude! Together they had great chemistry and some excellent banter! What starts out as a friendship, developed into a lovely relationship, because they got each other. They both knew what it was like to cancel plans, to have to rest, and they could relax and be themselves together! "You know what will be fun?" "What?" "When we can stop pretending that we're interesting people who go out and do things and instead we can hang out and just do nothing." It's incredible to hear those words out of someone's mouth besides mine. Not that I've ever said them, actually. Who would I say them to? "That sounds amazing," I say.” Ibby and Sasha balanced each other out, and were so perfect for each other! I don't have a chronic illness, but I feel that this was a realistic portrayal by an own voices author. It will be inspirational to people suffering from long term illnesses, and is really eye opening for people like myself who have no idea of the immense pain these people live with day in, day out. I can imagine friends and family saying things that Isabel's able bodied friends said! They tried to include her in everything, but still said hurtful things. I loved one conversation, “I think it was like..." She paints a stripe of nail polish. "We didn't want you to feel like you were less capable." "And I appreciate that, but I don't actually need to feel more capable. I need to feel like it's okay to not be more capable.” I loved the narrator, Amy Melissa Bentley. Her NY accent for Ibby and Sasha's vices was the cutest! Also I really enjoyed the setting in NYC! ❤️ This was just the sweetest, loveliest book, with loveable characters, who I just want to hug, and it made me smile. A lot. I definitely need to check out Hannah Moskowitz's other books! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hristina

    Sick Kids in Love is an adorable read. The characters are amazing, and the relationship that develops between them is really fun and dynamic. I enjoyed the plot and how it all moved, it felt like there wasn't a single dull moment. I liked the writing, it felt airy, and it perfectly complimented the story. This one is definitely one of the must-reads of the year. I recommend it. *Copy received through NetGalley *Rating: 5/5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    Oh heck, this book is so good and sweet and so satisfying. Take note: Disabled and chronically ill characters do not have to die for a book to be meaningful. Because in Sick Kids in Love, the characters are indeed sick and disabled, they do not die, and this book still packs an emotional punch. - Follows Isabel, a Jewish teen with rheumatoid arthritis, who meets Sashia, a Jewish teen who Gaucher disease, and the two become friends and, later, fall in love. - This was such a lovely and easy read. Oh heck, this book is so good and sweet and so satisfying. Take note: Disabled and chronically ill characters do not have to die for a book to be meaningful. Because in Sick Kids in Love, the characters are indeed sick and disabled, they do not die, and this book still packs an emotional punch. - Follows Isabel, a Jewish teen with rheumatoid arthritis, who meets Sashia, a Jewish teen who Gaucher disease, and the two become friends and, later, fall in love. - This was such a lovely and easy read. The storytelling remains pretty light and funny without downplaying the reality of chronic illness - rather, it is candid and honest about the reality of being disabled and chronically ill. - The character development in this was fantastic. Isabel was such a fleshed out character that had all these flaws that made so much sense in the context of her familial history and her feelings about being chronically ill. - I just loved how this book was so cohesive. It was so refreshing - seeing how all the parts and threads of the story tied together to create this really meaningful story about what it means to be chronically ill, grapple with your relationships, and falling in love. Trigger/content warning: (view spoiler)[hospitalisation, chronic illness, internalised ableism, ableism (challenged), underage alcohol consumption, blood mention, parental abandonment, sex (not described) (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Gabrielle

    We're doing something a little different today with my review. NOW IT'S PERSONAL. So hey. My name is Arika. I'm a chronically ill/disabled writer! I suffer from Hypermobility Syndrome, depression and anxiety. Thanks to this book, I can say that loud and proud. I'm not being dramatic when I say this book has literally changed my life. I've spent ten years struggling with my illnesses. I've tried hiding them. I've tried to have a "normal life". I've tried to achieve my dreams despite it all. I We're doing something a little different today with my review. NOW IT'S PERSONAL. So hey. My name is Arika. I'm a chronically ill/disabled writer! I suffer from Hypermobility Syndrome, depression and anxiety. Thanks to this book, I can say that loud and proud. I'm not being dramatic when I say this book has literally changed my life. I've spent ten years struggling with my illnesses. I've tried hiding them. I've tried to have a "normal life". I've tried to achieve my dreams despite it all. I never knew quite how to cope or explain it to people. Even when I felt ok and could tell people, I always felt this secret shame, this disassociation with "healthy" people and constant comparison to my detriment. This book helped me get rid of that shame. From the beginning, I was highlighting page after page, quote after quote, amazed with how much these characters understood and challenged all the struggles sick/disabled people face. Their fearless optimism and fury was infectious. I finally felt SEEN. Told it was ok to be sick and it was ok to have it be a part of me and my identity. That I don't have to hide it. That the world shouldn't admonish us because we are different. I still can't quite put into words my overwhelming joy and adoration for this book and how it has changed my outlook. All I can say is I'm goddamn grateful it exists. We need more books like this., we need more people like this. This book is an amazing representation of illness and all it's struggles, how it affects people and it's fine to be different from healthy people. So here I am, sick, imperfect and finally shifting that shame. So thanks, Hannah Moskowitz, for giving me an answer I've been looking for for ten years.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    Aahhh my heart is just so full right now. This book is magic and beautiful and god it's everything I needed at this point in life. I cried lots. Alright so. Sasha and Isabel are the actual cutest. They feel like real, flawed people who make mistakes and learn from them. Their romance was everything and I love this book so much. Also, I felt so seen when I read this. So much of this book resonated with me. So much so it actually made me cry several times. I just... I can't even with this book. Aahhh my heart is just so full right now. This book is magic and beautiful and god it's everything I needed at this point in life. I cried lots. Alright so. Sasha and Isabel are the actual cutest. They feel like real, flawed people who make mistakes and learn from them. Their romance was everything and I love this book so much. Also, I felt so seen when I read this. So much of this book resonated with me. So much so it actually made me cry several times. I just... I can't even with this book. It's everything. Go read it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    I'll never never never write a good enough review of this, but that's true of all of Hannah Moskowitz's books, so we'll just have to deal with that. This book just hit me at a time in my life when I really needed something that approaches dating and love and friendship like this. I would have loved Sasha and Isabel no matter when I read them, because they are incredibly lovable, but the way they talked about being loved is something that I needed so much right now. And then it adds in all the I'll never never never write a good enough review of this, but that's true of all of Hannah Moskowitz's books, so we'll just have to deal with that. This book just hit me at a time in my life when I really needed something that approaches dating and love and friendship like this. I would have loved Sasha and Isabel no matter when I read them, because they are incredibly lovable, but the way they talked about being loved is something that I needed so much right now. And then it adds in all the banter and all the different personal and interpersonal issues Isabel is dealing with, from feeling like she's "faking" being sick and her absent mom and her clueless father and how she can't stop overthinking,, and I am drowning in emotion. And then, and this is also something Hannah Moskowitz does wonderfully, every side character has their own issues, and you just catch glimpses of them through Isabel's eyes, the way you're surrounded by other people's problems without knowing them fully your entire life. The book moves between intense realism and romance that practically drips with cotton candy and like, this is the only valid m/f romance, I'm sorry, everyone else go home. Can’t believe the entire world can't read this until November 5th pre-order it and save me some yelling EDIT: IT'S OUT NOW, BUY IT TO SAVE ME SOME YELLING

  22. 4 out of 5

    Camryn

    I really enjoyed this! People have listed it as a comp for my book and I’m thrilled and flattered. There’s so much to like about this book. I don’t feel like... I can really identify as sick because my invisible illness is asthma, but I spent a lot of time in and out of doctor’s offices when I was younger. There was a part where Isabel describes how she wished she could be sick, used to pretend to be, because she wanted to be taken care of, and that reminded me a lot of my younger self. Of I really enjoyed this! People have listed it as a comp for my book and I’m thrilled and flattered. There’s so much to like about this book. I don’t feel like... I can really identify as sick because my invisible illness is asthma, but I spent a lot of time in and out of doctor’s offices when I was younger. There was a part where Isabel describes how she wished she could be sick, used to pretend to be, because she wanted to be taken care of, and that reminded me a lot of my younger self. Of course, I don’t have chronic pain and my experiences are very different from the two main characters (I think the closest thing I’ve experienced is depression, where someone is second guessing and I feel like I can’t ask for what I need and need to prove it, but idk if that counts???) but they were so easy to understand and empathize with anyway. I loved Sasha. Ideal book boyfriend right here. I also loved his family and all the family feels Isabel had around them. This is weird and idk if it’s like messy but reading books by Jewish authors where main characters are Jewish makes me wish I were Jewish because Judaism is so beautiful, even if it’s not a “religious” book and the characters are existing in their Jewishness. Idk if that makes sense. It’s something I’ve noticed, this coziness. Anyway. I also loved Isabel gradually demanding more from her friends. And I love love loved the city feels; books with kids in the city remind me why I love New York so much. My criticisms were basically mild; I didn’t understand the dead imaginary friend thing and it never really seemed to be resolved. There also isn’t really a lot of plot; it’s nice and comfy, but I didn’t get bored around the middle/end and it was harder to pick up. But I feel like this was a realistic depiction of people in a relationship who love each other but have to work at being in a relationship, if that makes sense — communicating, identifying behaviors that hurt their partner that aren’t great for the partner or themselves, etc. like this seemed... so healthy it was wild. Even when they were frustrated or angry with each other, it was never SCREAMING anger, and they worked it out and still loved each other. So yeah. This was great.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aj

    A beautifully written story about what love means and finding your person, your home. We’re always told not to change for a boy (a girl, a person) but is that really and truly the case? Maybe love is transformative. Maybe we do change for a relationship to work. And maybe, just maybe, that’s not a bad thing. Love is... love is loving someone exactly how they are now and also holding the belief that they can be the best happiest version of themselves and supporting them in that growth. A beautifully written story about what love means and finding your person, your home. We’re always told not to change for a boy (a girl, a person) but is that really and truly the case? Maybe love is transformative. Maybe we do change for a relationship to work. And maybe, just maybe, that’s not a bad thing. Love is... love is loving someone exactly how they are now and also holding the belief that they can be the best happiest version of themselves and supporting them in that growth. Unconditional acceptance and encouragement for growth. Both can be true. This book made my heart so happy. I adore reading books by authors whose stories have too often been told by those in the majority identity. To read about two Jewish and chronically ill main characters written by a Jewish chronically ill author is unfortunately a rare thing. It’s a gift Moskowitz has given us. She has also woven in some education about ableism for those healthy readers out there without it feeling like she’s lecturing which is a hard thing to accomplish. For anyone who has ever loved anyone who’s sick or disabled - and I include myself in that group - this is a must read. For anyone who is healthy - this is a must read. For anyone looking for a witty and smart love story - this is a must read. Just read the damn book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    I absolutely loved this. Official blurb: "Romantic, refreshing, and brimming with empathy. Isabel and Sasha captured my heart."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kacey

    It’s a book about not one, but two main characters with chronic illnesses and I am so so excited to read this!!! Chronic illness is rarely ever represented in books (especially invisible illnesses) and I can’t say how much this book already means to me because of that

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mickey Menzel

    Initially, this book was an uncanny experience for me. I have (Juvenile) Rheumatoid Arthritis -- in fact, I was the same age as Ibby when I was diagnosed. For a while, I felt like I was reading a narrative of my own life, and it was kind of weird. I quickly realized why: never in my life have I had the experience of reading about a character who is similar to me in this way. I have never encountered a fictional person, whether in tv/movies or books, who has RA. I have never read a book that Initially, this book was an uncanny experience for me. I have (Juvenile) Rheumatoid Arthritis -- in fact, I was the same age as Ibby when I was diagnosed. For a while, I felt like I was reading a narrative of my own life, and it was kind of weird. I quickly realized why: never in my life have I had the experience of reading about a character who is similar to me in this way. I have never encountered a fictional person, whether in tv/movies or books, who has RA. I have never read a book that speaks to this part of my life experience. And it blew my frickin' mind. This book is raw and honest, simultaneously profound and hilarious. I have not highlighted so many standout passages in a book in a very long time. I am imploring all of my friends, family, and anyone who wants to understand me better, to read this book. Also, it is an extremely cute love story. I'm a mega-fan in every way. Feeling represented is awesome. Everyone deserves to feel that way, and this book finally gave me that experience. Well done, and Thank you Hannah Moskowitz!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)

    You can find this review for Sick Kids in Love on my blog, Heart's Content! Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Truthfully speaking, this book was a big big risk I was taking with myself. Simply because my own anxiety is knotted with health-related topics and there used to be a time I could never even read about a protagonist being sick or suffering in anyway. I would like to think I’ve survived through that and the only way to prove to You can find this review for Sick Kids in Love on my blog, Heart's Content! Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Truthfully speaking, this book was a big big risk I was taking with myself. Simply because my own anxiety is knotted with health-related topics and there used to be a time I could never even read about a protagonist being sick or suffering in anyway. I would like to think I’ve survived through that and the only way to prove to myself I had, was to give this book a chance. So I did. The blurb and the sound of the book was immediately alluring to me and it was a journey I felt I had to take. Best. Decision. Ever. I was buddy reading (for the first time ever) this book with a darling of mine, Dany @AmbivertWords and truly it was such a joy to spam her read with her. In the beginning, I won’t lie, it was bit of a rocky start for me. Perhaps because we’re taught to be so careful about everything, we’ve forgotten to be candid? I’m not sure, but I cringed a bit in the beginning, thinking ‘did she just say that?’. But once I crossed the fifteen-ish percent mark, the book took off for me and never dulled. The way the protagonists spoke to one another, the steady anchor-like feeling that’s inside you even while you feel like you’re falling into something, the genuine way in which they liked one another, their friendship, just them in general even singularly…it all just clicked with me. Everything about Isabel and Sasha‘s struggles and especially their growing thoughts and feelings about how they would like and should be treated resonated deeply with me. It’s important that in the process of including someone, you’re not inadvertently excluding or being ignorant of their struggles and the fact that they are sick. I actually don’t wish to speak too much about the characters or what I loved about them because all of that was the joy I experienced while reading. I loved seeing these nuances and all the little things about them that unfolded like it would in a real person, with real feelings and real interactions and struggles. What I loved about the relationships in this story is that no one is ever better than anyone else. Have you read those books where the protagonist confronts their friends about something and their friends have absolutely nothing to say back and just stand there and look like the worst possible person anyone can be friends with? It’s not this way in real life, it never is. Our friends have their sides to a problem as well and oftentimes we’re equally involved in the problem and when you’re having a confrontation they do point this out to you. Then we admit to our mistakes as they do theirs and it’s never a there’s-only-one-right-side-to-this situation. Every one in this book is trying. Trying to be strong, trying to show they are weak, trying to me nice and sometimes trying just to not be mean. Trying to come home, trying to stop being convenient, trying to fight and give in and stand up and sometimes just… sit down. Trying to understand themselves. There are somethings that I would question, of course, because what is ever perfect? But I just can’t find it in myself to look away from what the author is really trying to say and how much it resonates in my heart. A drumbeat, as the protagonist herself says. We’ve all been Isabel or Sasha or their fathers or their mothers or their friends in some way or the other. We’re all sick in some way or the other, but we’re all okay and we’re all trying. *falls in love for life with Hannah Moskowitz*. I highly highly highly recommend this book. Like leave everything else and read this. Did I mention how funny this book was? Because it was. Amongst all the fantastic other things, there’s also humour. ❤ ❤

  28. 4 out of 5

    Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)

    When I read the title for this book, I was expecting something terrible to happen, like in TFIOS, but thankfully, that wasn't the case. The titles applies: it's just sick kids. Isabel has RA (rheumatoid arthritis). And she thinks because of this, she shouldn't date (there're more reasons, but I don't want to spoil this for you). So when she meets Sasha, who has Gaucher disease, she states she won't date. At the same time, she loves that she finally has a friend who understands what it's like to When I read the title for this book, I was expecting something terrible to happen, like in TFIOS, but thankfully, that wasn't the case. The titles applies: it's just sick kids. Isabel has RA (rheumatoid arthritis). And she thinks because of this, she shouldn't date (there're more reasons, but I don't want to spoil this for you). So when she meets Sasha, who has Gaucher disease, she states she won't date. At the same time, she loves that she finally has a friend who understands what it's like to be sick, since all of her other friends are healthy and don't get her. I enjoyed this story a lot. I definitely learned a lot while reading this, especially on "invisible" illnesses. Isabel and Sasha are totally right that society doesn't want to classify them as sick because they're not dying, but they are still sick. They still have to deal with more struggles than the healthy human being. Society doesn't want you to identify/call yourself sick and I agree. It's sad, though, because we don't notice how these people are coping with life and trying to be "healthy" just so society doesn't tell them, "It's in your head," or "At least you're not dying." "You either have to be overcoming it or you have to be completely disconnected from it. God forbid it be an important part of your identity that you're just living with." Sasha's family showed that it's okay be candid about your illness without thinking someone is overstepping. This wasn't the case with Isabel and her dad. It's like she had to walk on eggshells around him when it came to her RA, especially since her dad is a doctor. I'm glad Isabel got to see that contrast because it became the gateway for her to start being accepting that she was sick and to slowly be more candid about it. There was one issue in this novel that I wished had been addressed and it had to do with Isabel's mom. I feel like it was left in the air for the reader's imagination, but it would have been so lovely to see that issue being resolved and coming together. The romance was absolutely beautiful. One of my personal favorite scenes was when Sasha decides to read Isabel's favorite book and then he proceeds to write an entire book report for her on it. I mean, if that's not boyfriend goals, I don't know what is. Something that I personally loved about this novel was the romance. Even though Isabel and Sasha weren't officially dating, the feelings and sparks were there. What I loved was the fact that this book showed the pretty and the ugly of a teen relationship. It wasn't just, "Girl and boy meet, it's all pink and rainbows, one minor argument, happy ending." No. It definitely went deep in their relationship. I rarely read a YA novel where the couple has been together for 5 months already and still struggling with certain aspects of themselves. In this case, the author gave the nitty-gritty that would normally happen in a relationship, as well as between a couple where both are sick and all that they have to deal with. It was an eye-opener and totally refreshing to see this happening in YA because the teens need to see it's never perfect and that way their expectations can get lowered and be more realistic. Sick Kids in Love is a sweet, enlightening, realistic story that will tug at your heart-strings and make you fall in love with the story, especially with Sasha. It will have you wanting to learn more about "invisible" illness and how you can be a better person in understanding these. Follow Me Blog ❃ Instagram ❃ Twitter ❃ Bloglovin ❃ Goodreads ❃ Pinterest

  29. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Sick Kids in Love is one of those books I devoured in one day. And I don't even have coherent words for how much I loved this book. Sick Kids in Love is full of heart, vulnerability, love, and soft boys. Sick Kids in Love is one of those books I instantly fell in love with. It's been on my radar ever since I read Salt by Moskowitz, so I already knew Moskowitz has a knack for (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Sick Kids in Love is one of those books I devoured in one day. And I don't even have coherent words for how much I loved this book. Sick Kids in Love is full of heart, vulnerability, love, and soft boys. Sick Kids in Love is one of those books I instantly fell in love with. It's been on my radar ever since I read Salt by Moskowitz, so I already knew Moskowitz has a knack for characters who are dimensional and emotional, but Sick Kids in Love is on a whole other level of love for me. Then when I heard about the main characters not only being Jewish but both having a chronic illness (rheumatoid arthritis and Gaucher disease if you're wondering), I knew I had to get my hands on Sick Kids in Love. The characters in Sick Kids in Love fly off the pages. Whether it be Isabel's steadfast belief in not dating, or Sasha's contagious humor, their scenes are pure delightful. How they discuss their illnesses, the ways their family can tiptoe around their illness or how people treat them in public. Sick Kids in Love is complex offering discussions about chronic illness while balancing fractured families, fear of love, and the decisions to speak up for ourselves. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elke

    I have been excited for this since i first saw Hannah talking about it on twitter. A chronically ill main character? I'm crying already, 2019 can't come soon enough

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