The Fault in Our Stars meets Buffy, the Vampire Slayer in this debut young adult novel about best friendship and the hairy side of chronic illness.
Priya worked hard to get into Stanford to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor, but during her freshman year she starts to feel achy and foggy—and soon she can’t get out of bed. A diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease forces her to put her future on hold and return home to her loving but overbearing family in southern New Jersey, where she spends her days wondering if her life will be over before it can really begin. Thankfully, she has @bigforkhands, aka Brigid, her online BFF who joins her in creating “oof ouch my bones,” a chronic-illness support group of smart and funny teens who exchange tips on dealing with joint pain between rapid-fire pop culture references. Everyone knows everyone else’s diagnosis, but Brigid remains noticeably mum on hers.
When Brigid disappears one day, Priya decides to do something out of character: she steals the family car and takes a road trip to meet Brigid in Pennsylvania. Dying to meet her bestie IRL but worried Brigid is in the middle of a flare, Priya arrives to find that a terrifying dog-like creature has destroyed Brigid’s house. The weird part? She’s pretty sure that creature is a werewolf—and she’s pretty sure that werewolf is Brigid.
A sharply observed, hilarious, and heartwarming novel of best friendship and chronic illness, Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses explores what it means to come of age when your life gets derailed by a diagnosis—whether it’s of the textbook or spellbook variety.
About the Author
- Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68369-234-8
- e-Book ISBN: 978-1-68369-235-5
- Page Count:320
- Release Date:January 12, 2021
- 14 and up