Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky, again.  I recently finished the audiobook for Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised.

48765213._SX318_Title: Sick Kids In Love
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Isabel has spent her entire high school experience avoiding dating.  She doesn’t want the commitments, she doesn’t want the pressure, she doesn’t want to have to explain to someone what it is like to be a “sick kid”.  Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and no one at her school really understand what her life with a chronic illness is like.  Isabel’s plans change, however, when she meets Sasha a boy who is dealing with his own chronic illness and understands her in a way no one else ever has.  Can these two sick kids find happiness?

Review: There were so many things that I enjoyed about this book however the best part of Sick Kids in Love is that no one dies.  It may seem odd but as I listened to the audiobook I kept waiting for that moment where one of our ailing leads when succumb to their illness…and it never happened.  The fact that Moskowitz decided to not try to play with her readers emotions’ by killing off her characters totally made me appreciate this novel more than I thought I would.  However, the lack of death is not the real reason to read this book.  The author did a fabulous job of believably portraying what it is like to live with a chronic illness.  Her main characters are tired and in pain and just have to deal with because they are not going to get better and they know it.  Moskowitz decision to show the ugly side of illness makes this book powerful and important.  The characters are original and believable and completely realistic.  Their pain is physical and emotional and is part of them.  This book isn’t like others out there in this genre and I think it is a welcome addition to the world of YA.  Yet, it’s not just the portrayal of chronic illness that makes this novel strong.  The author created incredible well crafted characters.  They are two teens who discuss their faith and how Judaism impact their lives, the have complicated family dynamics that show even the most loving parent can still be absent and they illustrate how hard it is to move on and find forgiveness.  The book is well written and emotional while being diverse and insightful and it is one that I high recommend.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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