Review| Sick Kids in Love – Hannah Moskowitz

I’m doing my best to get caught up with my ARCs on Netgalley, because there are just so many I want to read. Last week I finally picked up Sick Kids in Love and am glad I got around to this book. Keep on reading for my full review.

A big thanks to Entangled Teen for providing me with an e-arc on Netgalley!

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.

Review

“I’m sick,” I say. “And I don’t wish that I wasn’t. And I don’t really care how uncomfortable that makes you anymore.”

I read a lot of emotional books and when I first saw this title, I’ll be the first to admit I was afraid. That was the case until I saw the tagline “They don’t die in this one.”. I needed that, because even though I knew they were sick, my heart wasn’t going to be ripped into pieces. I have to say even though that’s the case, Sick Kids in Love was still a very emotional story.

Our two main characters both have chronic illnesses. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and Sasha has Gaucher Disease. What I loved is that the author really talked about those illnesses head on. Yes, they are still both able to do a lot of things, but it also showed us the harder side of these illnesses and the struggles. Sasha getting sick can land him in the hospital and isn’t invisible. Isabel’s illness is invisible. On the outside there’s nothing to see and I can’t imagine having to explain that to people.

“Do you ever just…” I pick up my hands and then drop them. “I don’t know. Do you ever just get really fucking mad at healthy people for doing nothing but…living their lives, and it’s not their fault, and you love them, but you just fucking hate them?”
Isabel is such a strong character though and I adored her as a main character. She looks healthy when she can be in excruciating pain. Her friends make this harder by asking her to do things that will leave her in pain days after. Part of Isabel wants to be “normal”, but the other side needs to be able to say no. She just needs to hear that she’s going through something and it’s not nothing. All of this while being a teenager isn’t easy. Isabel tries to do the best she can with the hand she’s been dealt.

The romance in this story was really cute. I loved how they met and it slowly grew into more. It didn’t feel like the instalove a lot of stories get, but more of a meet-cute that slowly develops. Also, hats off to the author for not having their relationship be perfect. Between their illnesses and just being teenagers, not everything goes smoothly and we got to see those moments. To me that made the moments of the communicating and trying even more special. I loved them together!

“It’s that she thinks she’s saying something nice. That’s what really bothers me. How much shit have I put up with from my friends in the past few years because I know they think they’re being nice when they’re really being offensive and shitty and boring?”
There were a lot of heartwarming moments in this story, but also moments I just wanted to hug both characters. Even though I’m grateful I can’t relate to having this struggle, I think it’s important books like this are published with disabilities and chronic illnesses. I’m happy I read Sick Kids and Love and really hope we see more and more books like this are published in the future!

I love when an author can take some serious subjects, but still make the story partially lighthearted. Sick Kids in Love was a heartwarming story and it’s nice to see an invisible illness get more attention. Things like this aren’t represented enough in books. What do you think? Have you read any books like this lately? Let me know in the comments!

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