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Teen Wolf meets Emergency Contact in this sharply observed, hilarious, and heartwarming debut young adult novel about friendship and the hairy side of chronic illness.

Priya worked hard to pursue her premed dreams at Stanford, but a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease during her sophomore year sends her back to her loving but overbearing family in New Jersey—and leaves her
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Quirk Books
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Vee
Aug 11, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
this sounds completely ridiculous and utterly amazing
Kelly O'Neal
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a great read. It covers some really difficult but pertinent subjects like chronic illness, chronic pain, having to return home from college and live with family (very covid world), handling life's disappointments, feeling socially isolated, internet friendships, and the need for good friends to help you though the hardships of life. The amazing thing about the book is that it handles these deep topics with humor and fun. There are some really suspenseful, nail biting part ...more
Jo
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was extremely contemporary (a group of Tumblr friends start a discord server to talk about and support each other through their aches, pains and feelings - one of them is a werewolf) and absolutely lovely. Lycanthropy and chronic illness wasn't an intersection I knew I wanted, until now, but it's perfect. Would love to see this made into a film or a series. ...more
Heather Jones
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Quirk Books for giving me a free digital galley of this book in exchange for feedback.

I loved this book!

I picked it up on the strength of its cover and title, which is always risky, isn't it? But so rewarding when it pays off, like right now. I've never heard of Kristen O'Neal, and googling tells me that this is her first novel. I am prepared to preorder her second novel with no further information.

"Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses" is the story of Priya, who has recently contra
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Jenn
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Priya has moved all the way across the country from New Jersey to Stanford to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. But when she gets Lyme disease from a tick, everything is out on hold while she moves back home to deal with her chronic disease. She's in pain most of the time, bit ends up finding solace in those with similar conditions online. One friend in particular, Brigid, she finds lives only about an hour away. So when Brigid disappears from the group online and stops answering texts, Pri ...more
Chelsea Bruning
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightfully charming foray into friendship and support. I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed all of the nuances offered up in the plot. This novel took me completely by surprise, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it.

Added: I can’t stop thinking about how clever this book is. I don’t want to have to check the “spoilers” box, so I won’t say much, but the author does everything right with this one. From the medical info, to the dynamics of the friendship - I’m just very imp
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Cynthia
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shapeshifting into a werewolf is HARD on the body.

I don’t know from experience. I am not a werewolf. But I can just imagine, ya know?

In Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses, Brigid is a bit obscure about what ails her when chatting in the online support group she and her internet buddy, Priya, are in. When Brigid is suddenly unresponsive to texts and does not join in for a group meeting, Priya takes a little road trip to her house to see if she is okay. Well, she’s not. She’s furry. And she
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Katie Bruell
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun, though I wish there was more dog. :) The chat conversations are often hilarious. Spence is a great, underused character. The portrayal of chronic illness rings true.
Tilly
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I was so excited about this book and I am so happy to say that overall, it didn't let me down.
I have wanted more books, especially YA about chronic illness and so to read one with Lycanthropy alongside other chronic illnesses was utterly brilliant! Other chronic illnesses include Lyme Disease, Endometriosis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Celiac and more.
The one main problem I had with this book is the reason this isn't a 5 star review. There are some big inaccuracies when it comes to endometri
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Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
Thank you to Netgalley and Quirk Books for the review copy in exchange for my honest review.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses is a funny, heartwarming, real, not-at-all cheesy take on werewolves and life with chronic illness. (It's compared to the Fault in our Stars, but I honestly thought that book was a little eye-rolly.)It has a diverse group of characters who meet on tumblr and use discord to chat. The main characters are generation z (this IS a young adult book) who talk using many gi
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Theresa
I received an ARC through NetGalley from Quirk Books for this YA contemporary fantasy. Priya is diagnosed with chronic Lyme’s disease. She has to leave medical school and move back home. Through social media she finds a virtual support group for people with chronic illnesses. In the group she meets her new best friend who lives nearby, but what Brigid isn’t telling her support group is that she has lycanthropy. As Brigid is faced with challenge after challenge, their relationship blooms and thei ...more
Stacy Fetters
DNF @ 40%

Teen Wolf is a classic. I loved it when I was younger and I love it now. It’s a movie that’ll always boost my mood. So when you compare a book to an absolute classic, my mind can’t help but judge it. I don’t mean to do it but it just comes naturally.

What jumped out almost instantly is the diverse set of characters and discussing illnesses that aren’t talked about regularly. I’ve actually learned a few things as I made my way through this.

Even though I enjoyed the things mentioned abov
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Natasha | readalongwithnat
CW: suicidal ideation, all things medical

I was so thrilled when my local bookstore gave me an early copy of this book because they thought I would like it. This is definitely a YA novel that I will come back to as I could relate to so much - I met so many good friends on tumblr when I was growing up and those friendships were, and still are, incredibly important in my life. Having been diagnosed with my own chronic illness in my early twenties, I envied the group chats that Priya and her friends
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kay
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
whewwww this made me cry more often than a book has done in a while... there are so many sweet and heart aching moments i!!!! feel like i've just made new friends ...more
liv!
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
first of all, thanks so much to quirk books for sending me an ARC of this!! this was my first time ever receiving an ARC so that was really awesome! thanks again!

alright, lets get in to it. (this is gonna be like, a serious review, whaaaa)

1. i loved these characters. all of them. brigid and priya and lee and al and all of them! they were all wonderful and they felt incredibly real, like I felt like I was witnessing an actual group chat, or like my friends would've shown me this chat. and I loved
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Dawn Stahl
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great surprise! I saw that this was about a werewolf (someone with lycanthropy), "friendship and the hairy side of chronic illness" and thought I was in for something campy and ridiculous. Instead, I found a spot-on, sensitive but funny (and yes, sometimes a little ridiculous) tale of contemporary friendship, online support groups, and the daily physical, administrative, and emotional struggles faced by those with chronic illness.

After severe Lyme disease crashes Priya's premed plans in
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Anna Jackson
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC!

I really really liked this book. Definitely a 4.5 star rounded up. I thought it was a fun and interesting take on the very serious issue of chronic illness. By including the lycanthropy as a "chronic illness" the author took a very serious subject and lightened the mood to make the story more accessible to teenagers.

As someone who has personally struggled with Lyme's disease (I was thankfully diagnosed early), I found myself nodd
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Alli
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a highly enjoyable read. While, yes, there’s a werewolf... it very much reads as a contemporary piece. While that’s not usually my jam, I was completely invested in the story.
The protagonist, Priya, is dealing with the fall out of a nasty case of Lyme disease. She ends up joining an online support group with her virtual (at least in the beginning) friend, Brigid... who is dealing with lycanthropy.
As someone who was in a support group in college, I have to say the author really nailed
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Jen
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** I read an advance reader copy of this book. **

This books was amazing! I picked it up because I'll read anything with werewolves plus, as I have Type 1 Diabetes (chronic illness), the rest of the title appealed to me as well. I wasn't sure what to expect and, at first, I thought this might just be an excellent exploration of what it is like to be suddenly diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease (Chronic Lyme's in the case of our main character). But then, WEREWOLF!!! And the book got even
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Briana Hargett
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was good at explaining what it is like to live with a chronic illness. As someone who has has chronic pain so many of the quotes about it, I could relate to. At times this book moved really slow and felt like some things could have been left out but then it would pick up and keep my attention. It was definitely a fun read and something different. Recommend for many to read this to understand the toll that chronic illnesses can take but also understand how being there for others when th ...more
Beth
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Thank you to Quirk Books for allowing me an ARC to review.

What a brilliant, unique take on a difficult subject. I learned so much from this book, not only about various chronic illnesses but also about coping with life when it gets hard. I loved Priya and Brigid, and as a chronic illness sufferer myself, though not as extreme as these cases, I could definitely empathise. This book is fascinating and heartwarming as well as exciting and there were some edge-of-your-seat moments which I didn’t exp
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Erin
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was really clever and different! I don't have a chronic illness so I can't speak to the authenticity but it helped me understand what I, as an ally, do that's insensitive and I appreciated the diversity in the experiences. I'm not certain the werewolf part is as strong, because O'Neal is basically creating her own system of it, but the idea alone was really really interesting. ...more
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
I absolutely loved this book! I read contemporary here and there, and it was so nice to read one that portrayed the experiences of chronic illness and chronic pain. While I cannot speak for the specific portrayal of Lyme disease in the book, the author really nailed some of the general characteristics of having a chronic disorder (for me). I grew up with really bad asthma and today deal with chronic pain issues. It was amazing to read a book where I really felt seen, even if it was discussing my ...more
Cat
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-ya, arc
This was so cute and heartwarming and good --and still such a good addition to the cryptid and werewolf pop fiction repertoire. If you need a book about friendship, and chronic illness, this is utterly perfect.
Bonus points to YA that focuses on college-age protagonists, and to accurate zillennial generational cusp representation.

ARC from Quirk Books (PRH) through my place of work, Oxford Exchange Bookstore in Tampa, Florida.
Starr ❇✌❇
I received a DRC from Edelweiss
TW: mention of a cat being eaten, suicidal thoughts
4.2

Priya's whole life changed from one tick bite- now she has Chronic Lymes, something that makes it so hard to function some days that she had to drop out of school and come back home. The only bright part of her day is talking to her close online friend, Brigid, and the chronic illness online support chat they're both a part of. But then Brigid disappears offline for days, and when Priya determines to check u
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Kendra
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, magical-realism
I'm very, very glad this book will be out in the world. More to come. ...more
Lindsey
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
WHAT AN ORIGINAL IDEA! I really liked this, and not just because it takes place close by and a visit to the Mutter Museum happens ;)

This story centers around the ideas of being an outsider, not having control over your own body, how to survive in the face of debilitating chronic illness, and what a difference true love and support can make in quality of life. There are so many deep, raw issues at play while also deploying elements of magical realism in a very effective way. A few plot points cou
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Leah Peacock
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished the ARC! This book is perfect for those of us who loved The Fault in Our Stars but wish it was less sad and nobody died. It's the perfect combination of silly, heartwarming, and exciting. It is a celebration of platonic friendship in the digital age and an acknowledgement of how chronic illnesses affect even young people. ...more
Candice
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oof, ouch. O'Neal's YA debut yanked me in and I couldn't put it down. Oddly hilarious due to the personalities and most definitely heart-felt, this own voices story goes into the so-not-funny mental landscape of chronic illnesses, and brings werewolfism (henceforth a word) into the storyline. I LOVED Brigid's sense of humor and her and Priya's friendship is one we ALL need in our lives.

Highly recommend if you're looking for a YA friendship story. There is a smidge of romance but it stays in its
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Cecil
Nov 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I gave up quickly. Although I have enjoyed some epistolary novels, this one’s heavy reliance on text messaging to drive the plot was merely annoying.
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