Sick Kids in Love || A must of a read!


Title: Sick Kids in Love
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Year Published: 2019
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult ~ Romance ~ Contemporary

Stars: 5
Links: Book Depository || Goodreads
Rep: Ownvoices. Bisexual (main character). Chronic illnesses. Jewish main characters.
Copy: E-arc

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc through Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The image header used is my own and the link in the book’s details is to the book’s Goodreads’ page and stores to buy the book. The summary is my own (well, I summarised the Goodreads description). All opinions expressed are my own.

Isabel has Rheumatoid Arthritis. And doesn’t want to date. Sasha has Gaucher’s disease. And he wants to date. And he wants to date her. Will Sick Girl date Sick Boy?

Ooh my gosh. This book!! So I have Rheumatoid Arthritis (diagnosed in June 2018). Pretty early in it so I’m still figuring out when I should give my body a break and all (absolutely not good at this) but I’m pretty sure that this is my first time reading a book with a character who has RA? And I read what she was thinking about her body and joints and everything and it’s exactly what I feel?

Like when it said: “They think it’s completely ridiculous that a person can just…have a sick life and be fine with it. So they have to build this story around you kicking the illness’s ass. You can’t coexist with it. You can’t incorporate it into yourself. Because they don’t. So you can’t.” – LIKE I FELT THAT DOWN IN MY SOUL. And I know I’m early in my diagnosis, but I feel it and I know exactly what they’re talking about. Like why can’t we just live with the diagnosis? Why do we have to wish it away? Why should we want to be ‘perfectly’ healthy and ‘normal’ – Newsflash! Why is being healthy considered to be the normal?

Their relationship with each other was SO CUTE even before they got together! I loved how real they were with each other and they understood each other. And they were great as individual characters – I liked how they were written and how they came across on the page.  AND WHEN they STARTED to give each other PET NAMES I’M SOFT.

And like also there’s this part where Isabel talks about her uncle sending her an article about how carbs are linked to arthritis – which is EXACTLY how my uncle is and like yes I am on keto – my aunt won’t cook for different people, so I’ve just adapted. But the pain isn’t any less because I’ve dropped the carbs. There’s so many articles cross-sectioning or whatever the word actually is. And why do people think they know more about something else than you? Even if you don’t know a lot about your illness, it doesn’t mean other people should come along and wave articles at you and yell: “Hear ye, hear ye, eating 2 of this per week will KILL you within a year!”

Also, NO ONE talks about how it makes you tired and I am here to say… that it does. Some days – especially on the bad days I just have enough energy to go down for a coffee and that’s it. And I was so happy to see Isabel say it. And I want more of this!! in books! More characters with illnesses who talk about it.

I really liked Sasha’s sister – she was fun reading about whenever she showed up in the plot. I liked their friends for the most part. They did say things and do things I side-eyed for a while but in a way I understood it because I know how they think. And what they think. And it is like that – not everyone totally understands when they know about your illness.



Have you read Sick Kids in Love before? Or are you thinking of reading it yet and aren’t sure? This is definitely a book you should get onto! It’s all about love and realising “this is who you are.”

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14 thoughts on “Sick Kids in Love || A must of a read!”

  1. Ahhhhh DB. This book is reallly special to me too. I utterly loved it and I even more loved that by chance we were reading it together. I’m so glad this book reads true to anyone with RA. We need good real representations and I loved so many subtle but strong messages this book gives as well.

    And you’re right. WHY must being healthy be considered the norm? Loved your review. Loved your choice of quotes ♥️♥️♥️

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  2. I am so wary of books about illness, because the one book that represented my illness made me furious. Because it was the typical “beautiful, waifish illness” thing. Which is…not the case. I was angry. ANYWAYS I might have to check this one out later.

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    1. I definitely see what you mean. It’s so annoying when the books go ‘oh I’m sick but I still want to be loved’ or something like that 😒😒
      But Sick Kids in Love is definitely not that!! You definitely should check it out!


  3. Ahhh, DB this sounds so good!! I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but you’ve pushed me to get it!!
    Also, as someone who is also “chronically ill” I totally get your point on just letting us live with our diagnoses!! The amount of times people ask me “so, what are you doing about it” and I just look at them like “it doesn’t make me less of a person, and there is no cure, so please mind your own freaking business, thanks!”

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    1. Yay!! Hope you liked it 😄
      Right?? Yeah, as someone who grew up in the church and still is very close to the church – it brings all those types of questions which gets me so annoyed 🙃🙃
      Like just leave us alone? If we say we don’t want a cure (if there is one), then don’t constantly ask us what we’re going to do to!

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  4. […] Sick Kids in Love – You know how Lemonade Mouth began, right? A couple of kids in detention decided to get together and start a band. Well, basically, it’s the same concept, instead of kids in detention, it’s uh – kids who are sick and most likely met in a hospital. They still take tons of precautions – if they’re unable to play – maybe they have tons of backup? That’ll be interesting. […]


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