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Full Disclosure Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

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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Camryn Garrett, a teen author, decided to take matters into her own hands when she struggled to find all the information she wanted on HIV and created Full Disclosure, an educational and modern take on being a teenager whilst living with HIV. Full Disclosure is the first book I have read with a HIV positive character, it is a life changing kind of novel. Thankfully I had recently watched a documentary that a Welsh rugby player created about living with HIV so I wasn’t completely clueless about HIV before reading this, but still this novel is an awakening of sorts and I’m sure that is exactly what the author intended. Novels like Full Disclosure humanise the people who suffer from this awful illness, it adds faces and names to individuals who deserve our support rather than the fear this illness has instilled in generations. Before watching the documentary and reading Full Disclosure, I was completely unaware of how much misinformation is spread regarding HIV, I have now educated myself more on this and I hope you will too to help eradicate the stigma around HIV.

Full Disclosure introduces us to Simone and her friends who are refreshingly confident in their sexuality, even when Simone is questioning whether or not she’s bisexual she’s self-assured in her decisions. Simone’s main concern is whether to divulge the information that she is HIV positive with her friends and boyfriend, she received hate for revealing this in her previous school so is naturally anxious about disclosing this secret to her new friends. Not only does Full Disclosure discuss the details of being HIV positive and the importance of keeping a low viral load, but it also covers many other key topics, from sexual consent to harassment and bullying.

Although it took me a few chapters to become invested in this novel, it soon picked up and is based around such a relevant but rarely discussed topic that it is essential reading for everyone. Camryn Garrett has proved in just one novel, that she is a powerful new YA voice to watch out for, I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

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4 thoughts on “Full Disclosure Review

  1. I’m ashamed to say I’m really ignorant when it comes to living with HIV but I’m really happy to see books like this out there! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m really looking forward to reading this 🙂

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