REVIEW: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Title: Sick Kids in Love
Hannah Moskowitz
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2019
Paperback ARC
Entangled Teen
YA Contemporary
Pages: 300
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Rating: 5 Stars!

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 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 complicated–
It’s dangerous–
It’s never felt better–
–to consider breaking that rule for him.


Charli’s Review:

I do not read a ton of YA Contemporary because I have found that I have “outgrown” them as I have gotten older. However, every once in a while a YA contemporary book will catch my attention and I will take a chance on it. I just loved everything about the cover and the blurb, which is what initially drew me to the book. Entangled Teen kindly sent my an paperback ARC copy of this book and I am so happy that they did!

Isabel has dealt with pain everyday since she was nine years old because she has a condition called Rheumatoid Arthritis. She sometimes wonders if she has made it all up because she can’t remember what a painless life feels like until her hip gives out or her fingers start to swell. She has never had anyone to take care of her despite having a doctor for a father. She has always believed that her pain is somehow less than other people with more severe or terminal illnesses. Then she meets a cute boy in the drip room.

Sasha was dealt a shitty hand at birth due to genetics. He lives in constant pain and walks around with a ticking time bomb in his stomach ready to rupture at any time. However, don’t get all worried that he is fated to die from page one because he has a less severe type. Sasha is not afraid to tell people yes or no, and is willing to let the world see his pain should he need them to understand. Then he meets a pretty girl in the drip room.

Isabel and Sasha strike an amazing friendship full of understanding and a weird sense of humor. There is nothing like finding someone in the world who completely gets you. Of course, Sasha and Isabel have their work cut out for them in making things work, mainly because Isabel feels like she is a curse and Sasha doesn’t take things as serious as he needs to at times, but I loved this ride from the beginning to the end. They blossomed together as friends first before easing into that next stage, which is always my favorite because we truly get to know them as individuals first.

These two were incredibly romantic when the time called for it, and completely realistic as well. There were beautiful grand speeches and hard hospital days. Sasha may have stolen the cake for me though. All he wanted was to take care of Isabel despite her stubbornness and her inability to trust herself. I absolutely adored these two!

These two made me think about people differently. Here are two kids who have chronic illnesses that they deal with everyday, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at them. It made me think more about how I have no idea what other people are going through in their personal lives and it would be kinder to give grace than to give frustration or anger.

Rating: 5 Stars!

Emily’s Review:

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