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Peek Inside Sick Kids in Love

Isabel has one rule: no dating.
She’s got issues—and rheumatoid arthritis.
But then she meets a guy who understands what it means to be sick.
And now she might just break her one rule for him.

Sick Kids in Love

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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.


A Junior Library Guild Selection.

“A highly recommended work that’s thoughtful, funny, wise, and tender.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Most refreshing is Moskowitz's ability to take up real issues connected to chronic illness without insisting that the kids who have them either be heroes or martyrs." – Publishers Weekly, starred review

"As aspects of modern culture blend with timeless themes, Moskowitz’s latest boasts a staying power that should secure it a place in every teen collection.” Booklist, starred review

"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."  – School Library Journal 

"Romantic, refreshing, and brimming with empathy. Isabel and Sasha captured my heart." –Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone and Our Year of Maybe

“An empathetic, hilarious, and honest window into living with a chronic illness. Sick Kids in Love is an insightful and vital addition to disability representation. I love this book with my whole heart!" – Laura Silverman, author of Girl Out of Water and You Asked for Perfect

"A smart, heartfelt romance told in a wry and authentic voice. Highly recommended!" – Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately

Sick Kids In Love is getting slammed on the "best of the year" shelf SO FAST that my heart is still beating overtime.” – C.G. Drews, Paper Fury


Sick Kids in Love was so cute and also very emotionally investing, so naturally I loved it.” – Magical Reads

“Thank you, Hannah Moskowitz, this is one of the greatest gifts I never thought to ask for.” – Courtney, Goodreads

“Love, LOVE, LOOOOOOVE this book!!!! Author Hannah Moskowitz brings snarky, realistic teenagers to life while accurately representing chronic illness, physical disability, and family interactions in a way that is a joy to read, and kept me wanting to know what happens next.” – Dreamer J Book Reviews

Sick Kids in Love is a quick but refreshing and impactful book with love and self-acceptance at its core. It is definitely one of my favourite books of 2019.” – Once More with Reading

THIS IS THE BOOK I NEEDED THIS MONTH!!! So, I was doing this thing where I read nothing but spooky stuff for October, and let me tell you something. Reading nothing but horror and thrillers can make your brain all weird. So, I needed a break. This book checked off everything I loved in a romance, so here's my glowing review…” – Celia McMahon, Goodreads


“For anyone who has ever loved anyone who’s sick or disabled - and I include myself in that group - this is a must read. For anyone who is healthy - this is a must read. For anyone looking for a witty and smart love story - this is a must read. Just read the damn book.” – Aj, Goodreads


“This is a beautiful book about two teenagers who are living their lives, falling in love, oh and they have illnesses that they live with, but don't define them as people.” – Sarah, NetGalley

“It is not exclusively a Sick Kid book, because Sick Kids do more than just sit around being sick all the time. It is also about love and heartbreak, growing up and moving forward. But these illnesses do play an important part in Sick People’s lives, and they are chronic and sometime mysterious and there are good days and bad days. Hannah Moskowitz does an amazing job portraying all of that.” – Nicole, Edelweiss

This book enchanted me. It cast a spell on me, and didn't let go, until the very end. So, how did I love thee? Let me list the ways…” – We Live and Breathe Books

“This book just hit me at a time in my life when I really needed something that approaches dating and love and friendship like this…The book moves between intense realism and romance that practically drips with cotton candy and like, this is the only valid m/f romance, I'm sorry, everyone else go home.” – Abi, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637368
Release Date: Nov 4, 2019
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: boy next door, coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, overcoming odds

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By C.G. November 04, 2019

Sick Kids In Love is getting slammed on the "best of the year" shelf SO FAST that my heart is still beating overtime. I loved it. Absolutely, wholly, achingly so. I'm really passionate about #ownvoices books and disability lit, especially when both collide in stories that are so deeply needed in thi ...more

By Nilufer May 09, 2020

I have to rename this book and call it: “Amazing kids in love”!

I’m so pissed off because my early request was rejected by NetGalley and I had to wait for the actual release date and after book’s releasing, I had already too much books on my plate to consume.

So I wasted a lot of time to get my hands ...more

By Emer (A Little Haze) February 17, 2020

I feel seen.

And in the best possible sense.

This is own voices for chronic illness rep and it is seriously brilliant.

Not only is this story utterly adorable and will fulfil any need you have in your life for a cute and fluffy story...
But it's also authentic.

I didn't even know that was truly possib ...more

By Larry December 13, 2019

This book was utterly amazing and so not the tearjerker I was expecting!!

"I guess when I met him I felt some kind of camaraderie. Here was someone who was just going to deal with the everyday slog of being sick for the rest of his normal-length life until he died of something completely unrelated, j ...more

By Maja November 15, 2019


Based solely on the title of this book, I was expecting something along the lines of The Fault in Our Stars. So when I set out to read it, I was actually expecting to be disappointed. I never like books that feel too much like I have read it ...more

By preoccupiedbybooks January 23, 2020

An honest, real and adorable story of two teenagers with chronic illnesses falling in love.

Oh and they don't die in this one....(Not a spoiler)
This book was so adorable! Even though it dealt with heavy topics like chronic illness, dysfunctional families, betrayal and ablest friends, it wasn't depre ...more

By EmBibliophile April 08, 2020

4.5 stars

Let’s talk about coincidence! I had an assignment where I had to write about specific three different diseases. I knew two them, and one I’ve never heard of. However, being typically me, I decided to do it later and picked this book instead. And guess what? The boy in this book has the same ...more

By Emma October 21, 2020

"And if you don't think you're the kind of person that happens for, then you're my best friend and I need you to know I need you to know this about yourself, because you are bigger than you and me, and you are loved, Isabel. You will always be loved. And it will be so good."

Oh wow, I loved this.

W ...more

By Katie December 19, 2019

This was such an amazing, thought-provoking book, and I'm still unpacking all my feelings about it.

(Spoiler alert: they're 99.9% GOOD feelings.)

So basically . . . it's the story of a sick boy and a sick girl who meet at the hospital. Sasha has Gaucher disease and Isabel (Ibby) has rheumatoid arthr ...more

By Shannon (It Starts At Midnight) November 01, 2019

Also in love? Me. With this book. ...more

By rachel ☾ November 04, 2019

i'm not going to shut up about this book for a long, long time.

◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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By M. [storme reads a lot] February 15, 2020

This book is absolutely amazing. Just like, it’s so good and everyone should read it. The audiobook is fantastic. I enjoyed it so much more because of the audio. This book just made my heart so happy.

Chronic illness needs to be talked about more. I don’t suffer from it, so I can’t speak of this pers ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) October 14, 2019

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Disclaimer: Both main characters in this book were sick, but they were not *that* kind of sick. They were chronically, but not terminally ill. So, to make a long story short, NOBODY DIES.

"Should Sick Girl date Sick Boy?" My answer was a resounding YES, and I was so happy Isabel took ...more

By faith ✨ June 14, 2020

Is there really anything negative to say about this book though ...more

By CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨ February 24, 2020

Oh heck, this book is so good and sweet and so satisfying.
Take note: Disabled and chronically ill characters do not have to die for a book to be meaningful. Because in Sick Kids in Love, the characters are indeed sick and disabled, they do not die, and this book still packs an emotional punch.

- Foll ...more

By Courtney August 10, 2019

I went into this book bracing myself for cliches or for it to be something similar to what I’ve read before. But I was thrilled to be mistaken. I loved this book. LOVED. IT. I’ve never had a character articulate what I had felt before as I had in this book. I cried several times while reading becaus ...more

By caitlin ✶ March 20, 2020


list of things i liked about it

-the cuteness! we're basically just following two kids falling in love & figuring out how to be together 🥺
-the illness representation is so, so, so GOOD (there were probably so many nuances to it that i couldn't understand as a healthy p ...more

By Kate (GirlReading) May 23, 2020


I will be writing somewhat of a review for it when I get my thoughts more in order but for now just know that I ADORED THIS SO VERY MUCH AND YOU NEED TO READ IT NOW THANK YOU. ...more

By Yna the Mood Reader May 01, 2020

"And if you don't think you're the kind of person that happens for, then you're my best friend and I need you to know I need you to know this about yourself, because you are bigger than you and me, and you are loved, Isabel. You will always be loved. And it will be so good."
📚 Series? No. ...more

By Krysti July 13, 2020

I ADORED this! SICK KIDS IN LOVE has such amazing chronic illness representation, and I am so grateful for it! I have a collection of chronic illnesses myself, and this book made me look at them in such different and healthier ways. The idea that sickness isn't bad and shouldn't be treated as such b ...more

By Izzie July 30, 2020

*4.5 Stars*
A book with good, accurate rep of chronically ill teenagers exists? IT DOES NOW. I implore anyone who is trying to read more diversely in 2020 to pick this book up. Finding a book that accurately portrays everything that a chronic illness involves is like finding a needle in a haystack, ...more

By Sophie November 28, 2019

We're doing something a little different today with my review. NOW IT'S PERSONAL.
So hey. My name is Arika. I'm a chronically ill/disabled writer! I suffer from Hypermobility Syndrome, depression and anxiety. Thanks to this book, I can say that loud and proud.

I'm not being dramatic when I say this ...more

By Abi November 05, 2019

I'll never never never write a good enough review of this, but that's true of all of Hannah Moskowitz's books, so we'll just have to deal with that.

This book just hit me at a time in my life when I really needed something that approaches dating and love and friendship like this. I would have loved S ...more

By Bee December 03, 2019

Aahhh my heart is just so full right now. This book is magic and beautiful and god it's everything I needed at this point in life. I cried lots.

Alright so. Sasha and Isabel are the actual cutest. They feel like real, flawed people who make mistakes and learn from them. Their romance was everything ...more

By Hristina December 07, 2019

Sick Kids in Love is an adorable read.
The characters are amazing, and the relationship that develops between them is really fun and dynamic. I enjoyed the plot and how it all moved, it felt like there wasn't a single dull moment. I liked the writing, it felt airy, and it perfectly complimented the s ...more

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Hannah Moskowitz

About the author

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, while her novel GONE, GONE, GONE (2012) was a Stonewall Honor Recipient and TEETH (2013) earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and The Bulletin. NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the Bisexual YA Book of the Year in 2016 by the Bisexual Book Awards. She lives in Maryland.

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