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Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
Narrator: Amy Melissa Bentley
Published by Tantor Audio on November 5, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours, 11 minutes
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The story follows Jewish and chronically ill advice columnist Isabel as she breaks her no-dating rule for a sick boy at the hospital, and must choose between breaking his heart or staying with him when a devastating family secret threatens their new love.
I don’t think I grasped when I chose Sick Kids in Love that it was about high school age “kids.” I did enjoy the unique aspects of the characters. The couple’s support of each other in their respective illnesses allowed them to really connect and yet feel close enough to challenge each other on everything else. Neither had been in a relationship previously so growing pains were expected. They shared a Jewish heritage and parents in limited availability.
Isabel is an only child. Her father is a workaholic doctor. Her mother is just gone. Isabel has a lot of friends (healthy) and also volunteers at the hospital where her father works. She wears a mask most of the time for her father, her friends and well, everyone, that she is ok. But she has a lot of pain and isn’t always ok.
Sascha is the oldest of four and has some responsibility when his father is gone. He also needs a lot of rest. He doesn’t seem to have many friends -well or sick. He is so kind to Isabel and so openly loving. He is really so alone.
Isabel and Sacha are great together because they understand the issues, and are willing to accommodate each other’s illness. Sascha is so patient with her, as she is not sure she wants a relationship. She really wants Sacha in her life so eventually things work out. I was worried about their health issues though.
I really related to the issues and how hard it is to be different than everyone else. I wish they weren’t high school age, because I can’ help wondering how it will go as they move on to college and working lives. So there were a few loose ends but it was a good happy for now.
I’ve listened to this narrator before and enjoyed her work. I felt her voice and performance was well suited to these characters and this location. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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