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...
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The writing was beautiful and it really brought me into Simone's mind and the struggles she faced. The internal battle for love and protection within herself made this book wonderful and fascinating.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
This was the first book I received from BOTM and I honestly wasn't expecting anything like this. To use someone's health status against them, because that person is going out with a guy you like, smh.
Port St Lucie, FL
Wonderful story for anyone but especially a young adult or teen who may be going through something similar. A tough subject to tackle or even talk about for some but this author did a wonderful job
Mount Pleasant, MI
This book is so so important. It discusses HIV positive safe sex, viral loads, disclosing, etc. It has a whole load of diversity: HIV, lesbian, bisexuality, bi-curiosity, asexuality, POC, & more.
Fleming Island , FL
The subject matter was handled openly and beautifully. I was cheering for Simone to get the answers she needed to live a full life despite her illness and for her community to support her.
I loved this book and enjoyed every moment. I just could not put it down! More light needs to be shed on HIV and Aids, more needs to be taught. And this book is a great starting point.
Full Disclosure offers a great view on a teen living with HIV. Simone is such a strong, well-written character. I learned a lot about the illness and its community from this story!
East Orange, NJ
I loved that not only was I entertained, but I truly learned something from this book. The writing was amazing, the characters were so real and I could see this play out in my mind.
All I can say is this was an AMAZING BOOK!! I love the way it makes you see that you cannot judge a person,it made me sad,but it made me smile more. I loved this book ❤️❤️
Windsor , PA
I read this novel in one sitting. It had me hooked from the beginning. As someone who works in HIV care, it was a really refreshing yet realistic take on the disclosure process.
Simone has not had the easiest life growing up. Being born HIV positive brings its own challenges. This book was an amazing read for a debut author, and very informative.
Sturgeon bay, WI
I absolutely adore this book! I love how much research the author did to create Simone, and to educate her readers about HIV/AIDS, and I definitely learned a lot!
Great book! It is super informative about what life is like with HIV (coming from someone who has never dealt with it). It was inclusive and had a great storyline.
This was beautiful. I was moved deeply multiple times, but it was also SO fluid and entertaining that I read it in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down!
This is one of my favorite young adult reads of 2020. It was a completely new "coming of age" story that involves much deeper themes than a lot of YA novels.
I loved the characters and the cover art is beautiful ! I am not a fan of theater or plays, but the author still made the novel quite enjoyable.
Very eye opening. I love that the author gave a voice to such a stigmatized topic. Also appreciated the nod to a number of other LGBTQ topics.
This was a hidden gem. There needs to be more talk about this book, as it send a very important message that not alot of people talk about.
San Diego, CA
Wow! My favorite YA Book of 2020. I learned a lot about HIV, and loved the diverse cast of characters. Honestly i just wish it was longer!
Sandisfield , MA
This book is very empowering to young women out there that are going through the same thing. Very suspenseful and amazing!