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Sick Kids in Love

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  160 reviews
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.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Entangled: Teen
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The Bookavid Because of the love interest, Sasha. He's bisexual!
Ruthsic Gaucher's disease and rheumatoid arthritis

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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!! ...more
Oct 28, 2019 added it
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.
Larry H
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this, and I'm so incredibly excited for people to read it.


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
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

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!

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
The Bookavid
this is a gr8 book and nobody dies
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

I need this plz
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Also in love? Me. With this book.
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!
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:

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.

Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Apr 19, 2018 marked it as expected
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
Rachel Solomon
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this.

Official blurb: "Romantic, refreshing, and brimming with empathy. Isabel and Sasha captured my heart."
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
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
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(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
Cyndi Becker
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How is it I haven't read anything by Hannah Moskowitz? I'm so glad that's rectified and while it looks like I'm not short on material, Sick Kids in Love is going to be hard to surpass in excellence. Her writing is wonderful and her storytelling solid. The story is built on amazing characters and Ms Moskowitz has such a unique voice, insight into the psyche of two sixteen-year-olds, with the potential for great heartbreak. I don't think that I've read a book quite like this.

When Isabel and Sasha
Lisa Mandina
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know exactly where to start with this one, except to say how much I adored it! It was such a sweet and cute story, but with a lot of moments that were still emotionally intense or else really made you think. Since I am not a sick person, there's a lot I don't understand first hand. But, I think this story did a great job at sharing things that people who do have chronic illnesses feel and hear from "healthy" people all the time. The story really made me think a lot about how I feel or ...more
michelle (magical reads)
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, 2019, arcs
4.5 stars

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I don’t think you know that you’re destined for a life full of love that is…that is big, and that is sweeping, and that is without penalties or expectations, it’s just there, and…and I think you should know that you are, and I know that because it’s already started. You are going to be loved purely and happily your entire life by people who are just fucking delighted to do it. And if you don’t think you’re the kind of person that happens for, then you’re my best friend
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I really did like the book Sick Kids in love. It was such a cute story about two kids who are really sick and try to be normal. The characters I did enjoy the book most of the time.
Isabel is dealing with a hidden disease that affects her joints all the time. She may look alright on the outside but inside she struggles a lot. She does a column of asking people random question for school. She acts fine on the outside even through she hurting. It's always a consent struggle on her friends not
The Artisan Geek
Nov 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: bookcase
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Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sick kids in love was my first book by Hannah Moskowitz and I loved it. This book is about 2 teenagers with a chronic illness which is mostly invisible and a lot of people who don't understand it. Which happens a lot in real life. People who get angry with you because you park in a handicap spot but you don't look like anything is wrong with you. So this book portrays such a real life experience.
Isabelle Morebooksthanlivros
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

First Person, female-POV

This is a standalone book with HEA.

I'm not dying. I'm just sick, and have been for eleven years now. And I don't look like I'm dying.

by Isabel

Addictiveness:4/5This was a very interesting, fun read that kept me going until the end of the book.As addictive as pizza!!!

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5Complex characters that were so easy to love, connect and understand. They were both

Mickey Menzel
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
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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. ...more
“You know what will be fun?"
"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.”
“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.”
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