Teen Wolf meets Emergency Contact in this sharply observed, hilarious, and heartwarming debut young adult novel about friendship and the hairy side of chronic illness.
Priya worked hard to pursue her premed dreams at Stanford, but a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease during her sophomore year sends her back to her loving but overbearing family in New Jersey—and leaves her wondering if she’ll ever be able to return to the way things were. Thankfully she has her online pen pal, Brigid, and the rest of the members of “oof ouch my bones,” a virtual support group that meets on Discord to crack jokes and vent about their own chronic illnesses.
When Brigid suddenly goes offline, Priya does something out of character: she steals the family car and drives to Pennsylvania to check on Brigid. Priya isn’t sure what to expect, but it isn’t the horrifying creature that's shut in the basement. With Brigid nowhere to be found, Priya begins to puzzle together an impossible but obvious truth: the creature might be a werewolf—and the werewolf might be Brigid. As Brigid's unique condition worsens, their friendship will be deepened and challenged in unexpected ways, forcing them to reckon with their own ideas of what it means to be normal.
About the Author
Kristen O’Neal is a freelance writer who has written for sites like Buzzfeed Reader, Christianity Today, Birth.Movies.Death, LitHub, and Electric Literature. She lives on the internet. You can find her at @Kristen_ONeal on Twitter and kristenoneal on Tumblr. Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses is her first novel.
“Your next favorite horror-comedy.”—Syfy Fangrrls
“A heartwarming, quirky take on chronic illness in all its hairy detail.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A fresh and original twist on the werewolf legend.”—Booklist
“A must-read for anyone with a chronic illness or who loves someone with a chronic illness.”—School Library Journal
“Such a funny, tender story that addresses the uncomfortable logistical questions paranormal YA has long ignored, like what the heck happens to a werewolf's human teeth when they transform?! O'Neal writes about chronic illness and friendship both with a kind of care and attention these topics don't usually receive, but absolutely deserve. I loved this!”—Gabrielle Noone, author of Layoverland
“An electric tour de force of hilarity and humanity. Oof, ouch, my heart! It bleeds for this book.”—Preston Norton, author of Where I End and You Begin