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Sick Kids in Love

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  85 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 under
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Entangled: Teen
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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!! Which I l ...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.
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 ...more
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!
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Apr 19, 2018 marked it as anticipated-releases

I need this plz
The Bookavid
this is a gr8 book and nobody dies
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
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 insensiti ...more
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
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. Unconditio ...more
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."
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
michelle (magical reads)
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, 2019, arcs
4.5 stars

read on my blog

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
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 chara
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
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Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various, netgalley, young
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
4.5 stars.
A quote (from ARC):
“[…] God, I’m tired… 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.”

An amazing story, with two teenage characters as leads, about young love and living with a chronic disease, “Sic Kids in Love”, by Hannah Moskowitz (Entangled: Teen), features a dr
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
Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
(I received a free eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Sick Kids in love by Hannah Moskowitz (3 stars)

Sick Kids in love by Hannah Moskowitz
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)
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 arthri
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. In case I end up slacking and not writing a full review, I need everyone to know that I think they should read this book.

Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a beautiful book about two teenagers who are living their lives, falling in love, oh and they have illnesses that they live with, but don't define them as people. The empathy this book evokes is just wonderful and the characters are well written. I loved the way this book made me think and feel I have a friend who is just learning about RA as it was a recent diagnosis for her and this book truly gave me a lot to think about. Thank you netgalley for this arc, it is definitely a book I wil ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-1st-ng
Love, LOVE, LOOOOOOVE this book!!!!

Author Hannah Moskowitz brings snarky, realistic teenagers to life while accurately representing chronic illness, physical disability, and family interactions in a way that is a joy to read, and kept me wanting to know what happens next.

This tale of sick kids being allowed to be sick, versus having to hide it and pretend things are fine, really resonated with me. This is something everyone should read and be aware of; everyone who has so
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
review to come!
Shaelene (aGirlWithBookss)
This book is a bit difficult for me to review. I have a Chronic Illness myself and have been waiting for the day Chronic Illness would be accurately represented in a book. However, I have some opinions and thoughts.

Isabel is a 16-year-old Jewish girl with Rheumatoid Arthritis. While at the hospital receiving an infusion, she meets Sasha, a boy around her age who also has a chronic illness, only one she’s never heard of- Gow-Shay Disease. Isabel is enamored with Sasha, soon the two a
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Loved the representation of chronic illness in teenagers, something that usually goes unnoticed in fiction. I love the humour woven throughout the story. I loved the friendship, flawed as it was. I loved the character development, as the characters wrestle with things they should or maybe shouldn’t change about themselves. And I loved the romance. So sweet. So based in a strong friendship. So natural and unforced.

Isabel is ready for her junior year of high school.
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
Emmie (Oncemorewithreading)
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was going to be a lot like The Fault in Our Stars or Five Feet Apart so I was ready to be an emotional wreck when I finished this book. I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t end up feeling this way because this book is so much different.

While the book focuses on two teenagers who are both ill in their own way, this isn’t a book that ends in a traumatic way. This is a book about two people figuring how to continue living their lives to the best of their ability, figur
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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. She ...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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