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Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  198 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
Published April 27th 2021 by Quirk Books
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Aparna R.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
I'm a chronically ill, disabled Desi reader and writer. I'm also Indian American and Tamil, like the MC. I've been deeply troubled by the cultural appropriation, premise, and racist cover since I first heard of this book last November and shared my concerns on Twitter. While I haven't read this book (I didn't want to subject myself to more harm, as just seeing the cover and description was upsetting enough to my mental health), the subject, the premise, cultural appropriation, and racist justifi ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
*exhales* I want south indian rep but not in a racist way please

Let us tell our stories. We deserve THAT at the very least.
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
Starr ❇✌❇
*UPDATE 3/22* Yeah I'm seeing a lot of people jumping on this book for having a cover that "compares POC to animals" and I am begging you to stop jumping to the worst conclusions possible in the names of purity policing and actually wait and read the book. Lycanthropy is not used as a metaphor for race here at all. The cover isn't even showing a POC werewolf, the werewolf is a white girl.


I received a DRC from Edelweiss
TW: mention of a cat being eaten, suicidal thoughts

Priya's whole l
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
Raquel Evans
I kept telling myself I was going to rate this book four stars. You know, it had some really great parts, but also a few parts that irritated me, and overall that probably balanced out to four stars, right?

By the end, I just couldn't bring myself to knock off a full star. Yeah, there were a few bits I didn't like, but that doesn't change the fact that I really LOVED most of this book. Recommended if you have a chronic illness, want to know what it's like to have a chronic illness, or really enj
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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My thoughts for LYCANTHROPY AND OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESSES are kind of all over the place. There were things about it that I really loved and things about it that I didn't like as much. But one thing it did that I think is really fascinating is that it compares lycanthropy to chronic pain illnesses, choosing to focus on what impacts constant shape-shifting might take on the body, the muscle pain and bruising that could ensue, the gastrointe
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Yikes. A lot of racism going on with the cover and presentation of main character. Sad that a book about chronic illness had to appropriate a Tamil MC to get published when it's one of the most marginalized South Asian communities. This character should be white like the author and not ruin what could have been a good thing. On another note, I had to DNF the arc because all the text of the online group kept blurring together and bothered my eyes. ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF Really do not appreciate a white author writing the point of view of a chronically ill person of color. It felt poorly researched and inauthentic because it was. This was the case of including diversity for the sake of diversity, but not putting in the effort to make the characters culturally relevant. Do not recommend.

I suggest reading Aparna's review for more context:
Feb 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is terrible, from the cover to the highly cultural appropriative nature of this book. Playing upon racist stereotype. This reeks of white saviourism and quite frankly this book does more harm than good.
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disability, werewolves, ya
Sometimes you pick up the right book at the right time. This book absolutely nails chronic illness, especially developing a chronic when you are young, and I had no idea how much I needed to read about that experience. Priya is a promising student, a soccer player, and hopes to become a doctor, but she has to return home in the middle of her second year at college. She has developed Lyme disease, and needs IV antibiotics, but even when the Lyme leaves her system, the impact on her body is perman ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is about chronic illness not race. The vast majority of people who actually read this book state in reviews that it is a well written book that benefits people with chronic illness. Because the author is white and the MC is a POC some in own voices movement have co-opted the discussion to be about race. In the process I am concerned they are marginalizing disabled people.

The vast majority of negative reviews state they haven’t read the book and don’t intend to read it. The numb
Feb 08, 2021 marked it as will-avoid-forever
Feb 12, 2021 marked it as avoiding
this book sounds (and from what i’ve heard is) problematic in so many ways. i get really bad white saviorism vibes from this.

check out aparna’s review here. it’s really important to listen to others when they say stuff is problematic!

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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
Toya (the reading chemist)
Feb 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Here’s another American Dirt situation. A white author wrote a book featuring a Desi main character and of course, this book is full of racist stereotypes.

Please check out the own voices reviews of this book!

And miss me with the whole “I’ll read it for myself and make up my own mind”. If you’re not Desi, it’s not your lane.
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing

So, first, a (long) disclaimer: There are a lot of reviews written about this book that point out some issues with it, primarily that it’s a POC mc written by a white author, and that the cover could lead to some harmful comparisons. In my reading of the book and my understanding of how to be responsible writing characters that don’t have the same identities as us, I think it ends up okay- primarily because the book doesn’t to me seem to try to define the Indian-American experience, and t
Chloe (libraryofchlo)
Dealing with pertinent subjects like chronic illness, social isolation and ambition, there's a smidgen of humour and werewolves to balance the score in this young adult fiction debut novel. Priya is suffering from chronic pain after contracting Lyme disease. After having to drop out of her medicine course at Stanford, Priya adjusts to living with her family again and with the pain that has become part of her everyday life. Like many teens, she finds sanctum in an online community, namely Tumblr, ...more
Aug 11, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
this sounds completely ridiculous and utterly amazing
katie ❀
Feb 12, 2021 added it
Shelves: uhh-no
uhhh no 🥰
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
Madalyn (booksandcatsandnaps)
Check out Aparna R.'s review about why this book is severely problematic and also check out the links she provides at the bottom of her review as well.

She also provides her Ko-fi in the comments if you would like to compensate her for her time and energy in making her review.

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, Brigid, 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 ...more
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Lycanthropy and other Chronic Illnesses appeared on NetGalley UK many months ago. I can’t remember exactly but it must have been late Summer or early Autumn 2020. Back then it had a different cover (a temporary one for review copies I believe); one that just had the title in a pink font and a patterned decoration surrounding it. I was immediately drawn to the title, had a quick scan through the blurb to ensure that there was chronic illness representation in the book, and hit that request button ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ntm2021, ya, paranormal, arcs
Priya was at the top of her game. She escaped NJ and earned a pre-med spot at Stanford. She was making her dream of becoming a doctor a reality until she fell ill. Now, she was back in Jersey trying to adjust to her new normal and the endless aches and pains associated with chronic Lyme disease. The silver lining was the online friendship she developed with Brigid. When their friendship went from online to IRL, Priya made a rather startling discovery about Brigid's chronic illness.

I have read o
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Edited to add: While I really did enjoy the chronic illness rep, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the uneasy feelings I had about the portrayal of race in the main character. Priya is Indian-American, and the author is white. Multiple South Asian readers have expressed concern about the book, and while I am not in a position to judge whether the portrayal was consistent with experiences of Indian American teens, I will say that it didn't sit quite right with me as I was reading.

I absolutely lov
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
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
Rowen H.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was completely charmed by the premise of this book the moment I saw it, and luckily, the book itself is equally charming. The characters are genuine and lovable, the plot is unique, and it takes an unflinching look at how complicated our relationships with our own bodies can be. It is also, as a bonus, extremely funny.
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