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.
|Publisher:||Entangled Publishing, LLC|
|File size:||871 KB|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Hannah Moskowitz is the author of Invincible and Break, an ALA popular paperback for Young Adults. Of her first middle grade novel, Zombie Tag, Booklist has said, "Moskowitz deftly swerves between comedy, pathos, and even terror, and makes it look so effortless readers won't think twice about the strangeness of the mix."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Friendship, love and perseverance! Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz! Two teen main characters meet at the hospital while they’re getting treatments and they become immediate friends. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and Sasha has Gaucher Disease. Both illnesses have horrible consequences and daily struggles. Isabel and Sasha have such different personalities that they sometimes they struggle to get along, but mostly they are perfect for each other. I giggled many times while reading this book because of the humor, which is balanced out well with the tough reality of what Sasha and Isabel have to deal with on a daily basis because of their “invisible” sicknesses, their school lives and family dynamics. I’m impressed with this book, its maturity and realistic portrayal of what life deals out, 5 stars! * I received a copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
There are few young adult contemporary romances that really make me think in a new way, but SICK KIDS IN LOVE did just that. My own three children suffer from an autoimmune disease that is nowhere near as severe as what Ibby and Sasha have, but it does impact their lives, since it affects what they can eat, something they do three times a day. It was refreshing to read about teens who live a life in spite of, as well as under the constant influence of, a chronic illness. Add to that both main characters are Jewish, and this is a story unlike anything else I’ve read. I’ll admit that I was worried at first. I mean the title leaves a lot open-ended. How sick? Will one or both of them die? But I’m pleased to report, without spoiling anything since the author has freely admitted this publicly, NO ONE DIES! Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis, requiring her to get regular fusions. At one of these visits, she meets Sasha, a charming boy with gaucher disease. The two flirt, but Ibby has a no-dating policy for reasons that become clear about mid-way through the book. Her father is chief physician in the same hospital, so she spends a lot of time there, not only visiting him, but volunteering one day a week. This creates a collision course between Sasha and Ibby, sooner rather than later, and an instant friendship develops. It’s clear Sasha wants more, but Ibby holds firmly to her no-dating rule. But the more time they spend together, the more obvious it is that she feels more than just friendship for this boy. Witty banter and obvious chemistry gets the reader rooting for these two to end up together. But Sasha and Ibby have deep issues they’ll both need to overcome if they can be more than friends. Plot The heart of the story is the relationship between Ibby and Sasha. Feelings develop slowly, though the attraction is immediate. The friendship flourishes because they have more in common than just their respective illnesses. But there are also huge differences that drive most of the conflict. Ibby is rigid and deeply wounded. Sasha is easy going and eager to please. This makes things between them seamless at first, but ultimately comes between them. There is a HUGE twist I never saw coming that turns Ibby’s world upside down. It could have become a cliche, but instead the author uses it as a catalyst for Ibby to see her flaws in a new light rather than turning it into a huge angsty situation creating drama for the sake of drama. Characters The characters are so deeply drawn and real in every sense. Ibby has deep wounds, the origins of which are revealed slowly. She’s forced to face the reasons she refuses to date as her feelings for Sasha grow, but her transformation isn’t complete for a long time. In fact, like all humans, she continues to be a work in progress through the end. We learn that Sasha is more than just a light-hearted guy who lets everything roll off him. One of the best ways the author lets us inside the minds of her characters in a story told from a single point of view is through Ibby’s high school newspaper column. She asks people around her a variety of questions and we get to learn who they are through their answers. What I Loved About SICK KIDS IN LOVE 1. New York City. Both kids live in the city in small apartments and take the subway to get around. The setting is as much a part of the story as the characters. 2. Sasha. I love his outlook and positive attitude and the way he’s honest, open, and caring. 3. Ibby. She’s had
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book. First off, nobody dies! There's that cliche written out. This is a great book with a great story and message. The "kids" are chronically ill, not terminally ill, so they live their life with the struggles brought on by these illnesses. It's about love, it's about change, it's about growth. It's beautiful.
I don't know exactly where to start with this one, except to say how much I adored it! It was such a sweet and cute story, but with a lot of moments that were still emotionally intense or else really made you think. Since I am not a sick person, there's a lot I don't understand first hand. But, I think this story did a great job at sharing things that people who do have chronic illnesses feel and hear from "healthy" people all the time. The story really made me think a lot about how I feel or think when I hear about people who are sick and what they have to deal with on a daily basis. It definitely brought to mind all the times in the past that I may have even said something about a person not looking like they were sick or disabled whenever they pulled into a handicapped parking spot or something similar. Things in recent years after meeting more people who don't look sick, but are, I've quit even thinking that way myself, and now it does stand out when I hear other people around me say those things. I really liked that the author was able to write a story where as the tagline says, they don't die in this one, but there were still some emotionally tense situations in the book. It wasn't just the part about being sick kids that was so good in the book either though. There were normal teen situations, absentee parents, not knowing how good some friends really were, and then of course feeling attractive to the opposite sex. It was so great to be able to see a toxic friendship ended, but the character still wondering if she was doing the right thing. And oh the humor! I loved Sasha's sarcasm in so many situations, as well as his hilarious answers to Isabel's questions. While the dead girl answers weren't completely clear to me for what they actually did for the story, it was a unique and different idea to be included. A great story, I can't wait to get this for the kids in my school library to read!
I haven’t read a book in a while that has made me want to research and learn more about a topic. But that is exactly what this book did!. . I was really excited to read Sick kids in Love and it did not disappoint! Make sure you have time and won’t have to adult for a few hours because once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down! The chemistry between the two characters and the problems they face will keep you reading till the very end. Sick Kids in Love really make you think about others and what they may be going through. I loved Isabelle character in this book she is so genuine. Isabelle’s relationship with Sasha is so real. They are not afraid to tell each other the truth and they accept each other. They make each other grow and they want better for the other person! They have so many moments of them just being cute together and them facing the problems they are going through together. This books is definitely one that you will want to read and that you should read!. . . I was so happy when I received this book not only did they send me an arc I also received an author letter, a notebook and candy and it was all personalized! Thank you so much Entangled Teen for sending me Sick Kids in Love and a box full of goodies! . This book is available now!! Go get you copy today!
*I was gifted an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz is about Isabel and Sasha, two kids navigating life as teenagers with the added pressures that come from dealing with a chronic illness while also learning to love themselves and each other. I myself have suffered from a chronic and invisible illness for around 5 years now and not once has anything come close to being able to summarize what life is like for me. Until now. Hannah Moskowitz put into words feelings I’ve had for so long and some I didn’t even know I had. Life with chronic pain can be lonely. Nobody ever seems to fully understand. This book does. There were times I had to stop reading it for a little because of how intensely seen I felt by Isabel, Sasha and Hannah. If you have ever suffered from any chronic pain, you must read this book. If someone you love suffers from chronic pain, please read this book. You will understand their experience so much better and you’ll be able to empathize with them and support them so much more. If chronic pain is a foreign subject to you read this book. It is heartwarming in all the right ways and tugs at your heart strings in all the right places. Isabel and Sasha’s relationship is so real in its dysfunctionality which for me makes it absolute goals and Sasha had me laughing and wishing that I had the power to make a fictional character appear out of thin air. Sick Kids in Love is the validation that I didn’t even know I was searching for and am immensely thankful that I found. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s important. Thank you, Hannah Moskowitz for writing the perfect love letter to invisible illness warriors and for reminding me to never apologize for my pain!
4.5 stars **I received an ARC from the publisher. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** I’m not sure what I was expecting from Sick Kids in Love when I requested it, but I’m so glad I did. I’m absolutely in love with this book! Sick Kids in Love is a heartfelt tale of two sick kids in love. Isabel and Sasha are both Jewish-American, something they bond over. They also have another thing in common: living with a chronic illness. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis, and Sasha has Gaucher disease. I don’t live with a chronic illness, so I don’t want to overstep when I talk about this. I liked that the book showed how they’re living “normal” lives; they’re teenagers! They’re going through typical teen stuff! Just with an illness on top of that. I found this book similar to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, in that it deals with a lot of little moments in life, rather than an overarching plot. This is actually one of my favorite parts of TATBILB, so Sick Kids in Love having this was a plus in my book. Little moments are the best! That’s life, babey! There’s ups and there’s downs; it’s not an easy life, but it’s their lives. I love that Isabel and Sasha help each other grow as well. Sasha helps Isabel realize that she doesn’t have to pretend like she’s healthy and that her healthy friends shouldn’t treat her like she is. Meanwhile, Isabel helps him realize that, just because some parts of his life are changing, he still has a good one. Sick Kids in Love was so cute and also very emotionally investing, so naturally I loved it. It’s a book of two teenagers in love, and who happen to be sick. Life isn’t a monolithic experience, but there are universal ones, and reading about their family and friend struggles felt so real. I definitely recommend Sick Kids in Love if you want a devastatingly adorable love story!
SICK KIDS IN LOVE is a beautiful story about love- as well as invisible illness/disability AND NOBODY DIES! (I do not consider this a spoiler, as you can see that fact from the author's review on goodreads.) Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis which means she is pretty much constantly in pain. She tries to fit in with her friends who just cannot seem to understand, and she tries to ignore it for her father who does not really get her illness (even though he is the Chief Physician at the hospital). One day, when she is receiving her infusion treatment, she sees a cute boy, Sasha. Sasha has Gaucher disease, and he really understands what it is like to be sick. They pretty much immediately hit it off- but just as friends, because Isabel has a rule about not dating. It is part of her "thing" that got her a high-profile column in the paper. The book is interspersed with her Q&As that she compiles into the column with questions posed and answers from various people she encounters and interviews. I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I really enjoyed it. There's a lot of power in the story to help readers understand what it is like to live with an invisible illness/disability. It's also just a completely endearing and lovely romance. I loved watching Sasha and Isabel fall in love, and I adored all the fun conversations and pitfalls and life lessons. This is an absolutely gorgeous story, and I cannot recommend enough that you pick this up. No instalove, amazing characters, a fantastic romance, and all the feels. I smiled, I laughed, I sighed, and I fell in love with this beautiful book. Highly recommend for fans of YA contemporary romance. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.