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Review: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Sick Kids in Love is one of those books I devoured in one day. And I don’t even have coherent words for how much I loved this book. Sick Kids in Love is full of heart, vulnerability, love, and soft boys.


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.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Sick Kids in Love is one of those books I instantly fell in love with. It’s been on my radar ever since I read Salt by Moskowitz, so I already knew Moskowitz has a knack for characters who are dimensional and emotional, but Sick Kids in Love is on a whole other level of love for me. Then when I heard about the main characters not only being Jewish but both having a chronic illness (rheumatoid arthritis and Gaucher disease if you’re wondering), I knew I had to get my hands on Sick Kids in Love.

The characters in Sick Kids in Love fly off the pages. Whether it be Isabel’s steadfast belief in not dating, or Sasha’s contagious humor, their scenes are pure delightful. How they discuss their illnesses, the ways their family can tiptoe around their illness or how people treat them in public. Sick Kids in Love is complex offering discussions about chronic illness while balancing fractured families, fear of love, and the decisions to speak up for ourselves.

I cannot recommend Sick Kids in Love more highly. It delivers on all the levels I can ask for in a book – emotional discussions about love and vulnerability, complicated families, witty banter and hilarious characters, and plenty of heart. I can’t speak to the representation in the book, but this book has the ability to give able bodied readers a look into living with a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis and an invisible illness. But it is not defined by its representation. It’s a story about love, about two teens who are struggling with their own issues, and where no one dies at the end.

Find Sick Kids in Love on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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