Full Disclosure – By Camryn Garrett

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Goodreads 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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I’d had this book on my TBR for awhile before randomly coming across it in my school’s library and I was excited to get a chance to read it.

Full Disclosure follows Simone as she navigates high school life and love while also living with HIV.   This book has a lot of diversity in it, which I really enjoyed seeing. Not only is Simone black, but she also has gay parents, she’s adopted, and is somewhere on the bisexual spectrum ( I can’t remember exactly how she identifies).  There are tons of queer characters in the book and representation from various POC.  This is the type of YA that I would really love to see more of. Just lots of diversity that is completely normalized.

This book was a solid three star read for me.  The characters really stood out as unique and likable, but the writing wasn’t my favorite.  The writing felt like a mixture of a textbook on HIV and the pretty stereotypical arcs of YA.  It’s super easy to see where the story is going, and to predict what will happen next.  Despite this I did like the book, I just didn’t love it.  The author, Camryn Garrett, was 17 at the time of getting her book sold and that much is very obvious in the story. While still impressive! I know that Garrett’s writing style will improve with age and continued writing.

Overall I would say give this book a try. It’s cute, it’s diverse. And Garret is an author to keep an eye one, she’ll be coming out with more great reads I’m sure.

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