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Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Quirk Books
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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
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Aug 11, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
this sounds completely ridiculous and utterly amazing
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.
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
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.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Starr ❇✌❇
I received a DRC from Edelweiss
TW: mention of a cat being eaten, suicidal thoughts

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
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.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses.

Do you know what Lycanthropy is? I didn't either, and I didn't bother to look before reading, something that I recommend, because dang, it catches you by surprise.

What I liked: I loved the little tidbits of info that the characters brought up, things I'd never heard of before, like luminescent blood that glowed during war. I liked addressing chronic illness in young people, I think it would speak to many young people who
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for giving me an advanced copy of this book.

There is a lot to enjoy about this book. The first thing that really struck me was the depth and detail about the characters. Priya, the protagonist, is believable and very relatable to, even though she is a 19 year old med student from America. It is written as a first person narrator, so we get many insights into her, the struggles she faces with her diagnosis of Lyme disease and the potential conf
Tara Weiss
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Perhaps it is because I am not of this generation, but I found the pages and pages of transcript from a messaging system fatiguing to read and taking away from the story. I appreciated the autoimmune disease platform for awareness.
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