Review: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Posted 11/11/2019 by Isabelle MBTL in review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah MoskowitzSick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
Published by Entangled: Teen on November 5, 2019
Cover Design: Elizabeth Turner Stokes
Format: Digital, Paperback, audiobook
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Source: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
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five-stars
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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.

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

First Person, female-POV

This is a standalone book with HEA.

I’m not dying. I’m just sick, and have been for eleven years now. And I don’t look like I’m dying.

by Isabel

Addictiveness: 4/5  This was a very interesting, fun read that kept me going until the end of the book. As addictive as pizza!!!

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Complex characters that were so easy to love, connect and understand. They were both very young, but mature for a lot of things in life. They taught me a lot.

Isabel was an amazing heroine. She had RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and visited the hospital once a month for DMARD infusions. She has spent her life learning how to cope with an invisible chronic illness, in which several people, including doctors, didn’t always believe when she explained her pains and symptoms. Besides being a “sick person”, like she referred to herself, Isabel was a normal 16 year old girl with some adversities to her daily life. Isabel was a good student, had a nice group of “healthy friends” and was a good daughter. She not only was dealing daily with her RA, but she was also dealing with her parents divorce and her mom’s abandonment. Like most teenagers Isabel had several insecurities, including being cursed and not a good person. She also wasn’t open for a relationship or love, because her experience with it had never been good. When she met Sacha, another sick kid, at the hospital, in infusion day, she wasn’t ready for it. With Sacha Isabel learned the other side of the coin. How to be part of a loving, caring family and how to be open about her disease.

Sasha was a wonderful hero. He had Gaucher Disease, a kind of rare disease that has a higher incident among Jews of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) descents. It usually causes swollen belly due to spleen and liver enlargement, anemia, weaker bones and bleedings. Different than Isabel, he had weekly infusions at the hospital. He was a sick kid, with a sick kid’s life. He had no friends, was considered the weirdo of the school, usually the ones that people pity but tried to avoid anyways. At the same time, Sacha and his family, were very used, and treated his disease as any other thing in their lives. Sacha was a fun, loving kid and he was really certain about love and his feelings. Different than Isabel, he had a loving family and knew he was loved. He was always certain of his feeling for Isabel and became an amazing boyfriend.

Secondary characters… there are many interesting characters. Sacha’s family were great and I would love to see his sister getting her own book. I also liked Isabel’s dad, even though he was a workaholic, he tried and never gave up. Isabel group of friends were also great and Maura Cho is another one that deserves her own love story.

Villains.. antagonists… I don’t really think we had them here. The greatest villain here was diseases and the antagonists was themselves trying to learn and adapt to their realities.

All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!

Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 4/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This one was ok, I didn’t love, but they invested in the catchy title and ended up being a home run. It grabs the reader and make us curious. The couple is definitely Sacha and Isabel and the colors are very smart. I would probably buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb, because of the wonderful title and subtitle.

Freshness: 5/5 This was UNIQUE!!! Definitely a book on-its-own! So original, everything felt like something I had never read before. I loved the idea of the author to give voices to sick kids and how to cope in the world of “healthy, entitled people”. As fresh as a cold bottle of water in the middle of the desert!!!!

Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Awesome opening and satisfactory ending. Very believable plot, with cute dialogues and brilliant pace. Superb setting, enjoyable subplots with exceptional twist. I loved the conflict and how light it was explored, even though was a pretty heavy matter. Highest level of enjoyment!

Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 1/5  This was a love story. The couple met, became the best of friends, learned each other and started dating. They were there for each other, on the ups and downs and were very present. Both Sacha and Isabel were very mature about dealing with life’s adversities and accepted each other with their shortcomings. In fact, they embraced their weaknesses and turned into something normal. This is the kind of love that I can see being forever! EVERLASTING LOVE!!!

Writing Style: 5/5 Ms. Moskowitz has found a fan in me. She wrote a touching, phenomenal plot filled with depth and important matter, in a very light and easy to read manner. Her characters were multidimensional and easy to love, the romance was poignant and the story very believable. Writing of a wordsmith!!!

I would love some chapters in Sacha’s voice. I love dual point-of-view, that lets know characters better.

Also, I liked the ending, but I love an epilogue!

I don’t think you know that you’re destined for a life full of love that is…that is big, and that is sweeping, and that is without penalties or expectations, it’s just there, and…

by Sasha

I didn’t really know what to expect of the book. The title and the subtitle saying that nobody died grabbed my attention from the beginning.

The fact this story explored RA was a huge plus for me. One of my nephews, he is 5 years old, was diagnosed with RA last year and have been going through treatment for it. It was wonderful to see and even learn how to deal with someone with such chronic disease. I would hate to treat my nephew as he was growing up, as if he had nothing or even not really trust his won feelings and pains.

I also loved how the author used two different approaches to a chronic disease inside both families. One pretend it didn’t really exist, the other incorporated it as if it was just one more thing.

Thank you Ms. Markowitz for this incredible journey!!!

A true love story with everlasting feelings!!!

34/35 STARS –  5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 5 Plot: 5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5

Action 0/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5

Would I recommend? Definitely! I believe this a must for everyone that enjoys YA!

Would I re-read this book/series? Yes! I’m already recommending for several people.

Would I read more from the author? Yes, I will be on the look out for more.

You MAY read this because you enjoy YA reads; you SHOULD read this because the romance is enchanting; you MUST read this because if felt very realistic!!!!!

five-stars

About Hannah Moskowitz

Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015’s NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She’s also the co-author of GENA/FINN with Kat Helgeson and has contributed to several anthologies. She lives in Maryland with several cats, none of whom are violent.