Book Review

Sick Girl Secrets – Anna Russell

I did a lot of reading last year, but lost my reviewing mojo a little. As such, I have quite a few reviews that I had written, but had not formatted to share. My goal for the first couple of months of 2022 is to catch up on all of these, and I am starting with Sick Girl Secrets by Anna Russell. Many thanks to West 44 Books for my copy of this book which I received via NetGalley.


Hi-Lo, written in verse.

Sometimes in high school, all you want is to be invisible. Being invisible might be the biggest problem of all for Natalie. She has a disability that causes chaos to her body on the inside but leaves her unmarked on the outside. She’s learned to hide her pain so well that you would never guess she’s not the same Natalie as she was before she got sick. But after having surgery, Natalie must return to school in a wheelchair. Now, Natalie has to decide if the painful consequences of pretending to be healthy are worth keeping the last of her sick girl secrets.


As a chronic illness sufferer, I was drawn to this book from the second I saw it, and being a zebra myself, I loved the dedication.

This book broke my heart a little. I was lucky enough to get through school before my own body decided to go into meltdown, but Natalie’s feeling of wanting to be seen as “normal”, telling everyone she is fine when she isn’t, really resonated with me.

While I loved Riley’s fire, and wish I had even an ounce of it, Mr Wilson, on the other hand, made my blood boil!

I really enjoyed the concept of a novel written in verse, and found that this style made Natalie’s story even more powerful and emotive, leading to a book that really touched my soul.

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