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Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
Young adult

Full Disclosure

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Your teen rom-com with a heavier twist and plenty of relatable moments.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Romance

    Romance

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_SocialIssues

    Social issues

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Inspirational

    Inspirational

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

Synopsis

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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Chapter 1

As much as I’ve tried to convince him otherwise, my father still thinks he needs to accompany me to my first gynecologist appointment. To him, it’s an important rite of passage.

“I’m sure Tía Camila would’ve taken me,” I say, glancing out the car window. It’s bad enough that we’re going to this appointment together, but it’s also uncomfortably close to the hospital where he works, which means we’re going to run into at least three of his patients. “She likes doing this sort of stuff, and we could’ve worked it around her business trips.”

“Well, you’re my daughter,” he says, pulling into a parking spot. “And this is the sort of thing parents live for.”

“Somehow I doubt that.”

Dad has patches of gray sneaking into his black hair, and there’s an indent in the tan skin of his nose where his glasses rest. When he isn’t wearing a lab coat, he dresses in old-man clothes like sweater vests and khakis. I wish his lack of fashion sense were the most embarrassing thing about him, but it isn’t.

Inside, he actually pulls out a clipboard with questions to ask the doctor. I might just die. The waiting room feels too small and smells like cheap air freshener.

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Why I love it

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!

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Member ratings (572)

  • Ssanyu L.

    Parlin, NJ

    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.

  • Genneisha C.

    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.

  • Madison W.

    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

  • Abbie F.

    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.

  • Adriane L.

    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.

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