Sick Kids in Love
Sick Kids in Love

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Annotation: Isabel, who has rheumatoid arthritis, doesn't date. But then she meets another sick kid, with a chronic illness she's never heard of and can't pronounce, and has to consider breaking her no-dating rule for him.
Genre: Love stories
Catalog Number: #209842
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 317 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-640-63732-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7624-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-640-63732-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7624-0
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
The jacket art promises that -they don-t die in this one,- which is both a spoiler and a nod to popular YA books, notably The Fault in Our Stars. Sixteen-year-olds Isabel and Sasha meet in the hospital drip room: your basic meet-cute, except with discussions of whether their diseases are fatal. They aren-t: #OwnVoices author Moskowitz (Teeth) is interested in what it-s like to have a chronic illness that makes it hard to get to school every day, go out with friends, and show up for planned events. Isabel-s a worrier who tries to manage her frustrations (her mother-s absence, her father-s consistent downplaying of her illness) by not talking about them. Adorable and funny Sasha, whose family is open about his illness, convinces Isabel to break her no-dating rule. Following the teens through relationship issues and health challenges makes for touching reading. Most refreshing is Moskowitz-s ability to take up real issues connected to chronic illness without insisting that the kids who have them be either heroes or martyrs. Ages 14-up. (Nov.)

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up Isabel, aka "Sick Girl" according to her weekly column in the school's newspaper, has one self-imposed ruleabsolutely no dating. Life is just easier that way for her and everyone else. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic, invisible illness that she's been trying to manage for the past few years. Her friends often forget and have difficulty understanding her experiences because she struggles with opening up and depending on others, and her doctors don't always take her complaints seriously. Enter Sasha, who Isabel meets in the infusion room at the hospital. Sasha has Gaucher Diseasea genetic illness that affects his spleen and liverand he understands her better than anyone else in her life. He does everything he can to woo her, convince her to break her own rule, and take a chance even if she doesn't know the outcome. Moskowitz's newest novel is a refreshing and poignant look at chronic illnesses that aren't often represented in young adult literature. The story offers a unique take on finding your person and contains an array of representation. VERDICT Recommend to fans of Rachael Lippincott's Five Feet Apart and Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything . Readers may appreciate a book about illness that doesn't end with character death.Alicia Kalan, The Northwest School, Seattle
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 9-12

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.


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