Your teen rom-com with a heavier twist and plenty of relatable moments.
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Co-founder, LIT on H St Book Club
Once upon a time, I told myself that I couldn’t find the "time" to read YA novels. But what I was really saying was that I didn’t think YA novels were meant for "adults.” I cringe now thinking back to that time in my life because novels like Full Disclosure have proven how utterly wrong I was.
Simone Garcia-Hampton is a 17-year-old theater geek who is starting the school year at a brand new school. She’s found amazing new friends, she's the student director for her high school’s production of Rent, and she has a crush on Miles, the swoonworthy guy who actually likes her back! Everything feels perfect—so long as Simone doesn’t have to think about what would happen if her new friends or Miles found out she’s HIV positive, or what it was like the last time people found out. But someone has found out and is threatening to expose her status unless she leaves Miles alone.
I truly cannot urge you enough to pick up this book! Simone is the teen hero fighting ignorance and breaking down stigmas that the world doesn’t deserve but desperately needs. Full Disclosure proves that YA novels are examples of what the literary world should be: full of diverse stories pulled straight from reality and written with heart. Whether you’re in your teens, twenties, or beyond, trust me—you need to add Full Disclosure to your box right now!
Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She's making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she's HIV-positive, because last time ... well, last time things got ugly.
Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real—shy kisses escalating into much more—she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she's positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she's terrified of how he'll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.
Simone's first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on...