Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Priya worked hard to pursue her premed dreams. When she became while attending Stanford, all that hard work came to a glaring halt. Belatedly diagnosed with Lyme disease, she is now at home recovering and trying to pull her life back together. Luckily, she has a penpal who knows what she is going through, or at least who is going through some type of illness of her own. Together they find a motley crew on Discord who is all dealing with some type of chronic illness. As the group shares more with one another, they create a supportive chosen family. When one of their own goes missing from their regularly scheduled chat, they will do what they have to to discover the issue and help a girl out.

Kristen O’Neal’s Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses brings awareness to many of the illnesses and conditions that individuals struggle with on a daily basis, and I love that about the book, especially the idea of a fantasy illness thrown in. Based off of the coverage of chronic illness which often gets overlooked in fiction books, I would give the book 4 stars. However, after reading the book, I learned that the author (or perhaps the publisher) is incorrectly claiming an own voices book. I think the current cover is great, but it seems that the publisher originally went with a problematic cover ( I haven’t seen it), which was later changed after negative feedback. We need to call out these issues when they arise.

Disclaimer: A copy was provided by the publisher.

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