Title: Sick Kids in Love
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Pages: 300 Pages
Release Date: November 5, 2019
My Rating: ★★★★.5/5
“I love that you exist in this world. I mean, I love the world even more because people like you exist in it. And I don’t even know how people live as long as they do without having someone like you in their life, or how I’ve done it for this long.”
**Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me an ARC of this book for review!**
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
–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. He understands her more than her own father who’s a doctor.
He’s gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
It’s never felt better–
–to consider breaking that rule for him.
My Review: (100% SPOILER-FREE)
I really enjoyed this book! It was a very fast and easy read, but I was also very emotionally invested in the characters and story! I laughed, cried, and read this book almost completely in one sitting.
First, the diversity, LGBTQ+ rep, and chronic illness rep was done really well in my opinion. I really enjoyed the MC’s lesbian friends, the MC and love interest’s Jewish backgrounds, and that coping with “invisible” chronic illnesses were some of the stronger plots/subplots. As someone who has lived with an invisible illness, this book made me feel very seen and understood, which is something I don’t feel often. I’m also not very educated when it comes to any religions, so I found the Jewish representation to be really interesting and cool! Another really cool aspect was that the LGBT rep was very subtle; many side characters were gay/lesbian/etc. and it wasn’t discussed in depth or seen as a problem. They were just gay and there and I really liked that.
Next, the romance was a perfectly done friends-to-lovers that was so refreshing and real. They didn’t just meet and fall in love and live happily ever after. They had to navigate shifting from friends to lovers and learning what it means to change for the better. SO. GOOD. Also, the banter between the MC and her love interest was very funny and sweet! The conflict was also very authentic; the characters are young and they say things they don’t mean, make mistakes, and overall are just wonderfully flawed! I loved it!
Lastly, I just really loved the struggle and development of the characters. To put it simply: it was real and authentic. Isabel and Sasha struggled with imperfect yet loving families. Sasha realized that it is okay to change for someone you love, as long as you stay true to yourself. Isabel struggled with this, as she was worried about changing for a boy, rather than letting go of anxieties and buried self-hatred. The characters were overthinking a lot and learning how to live and love and I just couldn’t get enough. AND, even through all this struggling, there was so much laughter and joy. It was great and I wish I had this book when I was 16 and going through these same struggles.
Thank you so much for reading my review! I really hope you enjoyed, and if you want to chat about this, feel free to comment! 🙂
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