ARC Review: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Posted November 8, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 10 Comments

Book info:

TitleSick Kids in Love
Author:  Hannah Moskowitz
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date:  November 5th, 2019

Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Source: Physical ARC received from publisher which did not influence my opinion
My 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.
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:
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! 

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10 responses to “ARC Review: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

  1. I have this book high on my list and am so glad you loved the characters. Great characters with chemistry, whether friendship or romance, makes a book great for me.

  2. I passed up on my opportunity to review this and I am forever going to be kicking myself for it. Now it is on my wishlist! I have only seen shining reviews for this book, and it sounds lovely. I think you'd enjoy reading Five Feet Apart if you liked this one!

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