Book Review | Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz


Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

YA, Romance, Contemporary

Entangled Teen | November 5th, 2019

4/5 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.


My Review

A lot of books (TV shows and movies included) tend to portray ‘sick kids’ in inaccurate ways and I’m always so disappointed, but that was not the case with this book. The author did a brilliant job with the two chronically ill characters. Being chronically ill myself, stuff like that is important to me. It’s easier for someone who is not chronically ill/disabled to relate to characters, but I really felt like I could relate to these two sick characters and that’s truly what I loved most about this book.

Moskowitz uses sarcasm (or at least that’s how I read it) when the main character, Isabel, who has RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is with her able-bodied, healthy friends and they want to do things that Isabel knows with cost her later. Isabel’s friends know about her condition, and Isabel uses ‘Sick Girl’ as her advice column name, but she doesn’t really act sick or push the fact that she is sick. Sasha is also chronically ill, but unlike Isabel, he embraces it. He doesn’t try to hide it and he knows his limits. 

When they start hanging out Sasha takes Isabel out to Long Island for a dinner not-date. On the way back to Isabel’s apartment, Sasha recommends hanging out again, but this time at his apartment doing nothing. I can relate to this so much, and yes, it’s different when you’re doing nothing with an able-bodied person and someone who is not. They understood each other and each other’s limits. Dating is hard for sick people for a lot of different reasons, so in Isabel and Sasha’s case, they were lucky to have found each other.

This book covers all kinds of sick ground. The author highlights these things so accurately, from Isabel knowing how much her joints are going to hurt the next day because of what she did the day before, to Sasha having to go take a nap during a party he is hosting because he’s run out of energy. 

I only gave this book four stars instead of five because there was one part in the book that I didn’t really think needed to be there or could have been done differently. Other than that, this was a great read. It will definitely be a reread in the future. I am so glad Hannah Moskowitz wrote this book which gave me something to relate to. If you haven’t read it, able-bodied or not, I highly recommend it. 

teal thanks for reading


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