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Last month I had the pleasure of reading FULL DISCLOSURE by Camryn Garrett (courtesy of an ARC provided by Penguin Teen Canada). This book blew away my initial expectations, and I am so excited to share my full review with you!
In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon.
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…
As I shared above, this book obliterated my expectations. Everything about it was done perfectly and with purpose.
The characters in this book felt so real. While I didn’t personally connect with the main character, Simone, it was so interesting to read from a perspective of a girl that is HIV positive. The side characters were all so supportive of the main character, which was obviously so great to read about. I LOVED Miles (Simone’s love interest), as he treated her like any other girlfriend that he would have, regardless of her HIV. Simone has two fathers raising her, which was a fantastic addition to an already diverse novel.
Like I said in the previous paragraph, this book had a wide variety of representation. From Simone having two fathers, to a POC HIV-positive main character, there are a lot of things that YA readers will read in this novel that they may not have read before.
The overall plot was great. The story was very interesting and beautiful written. While I thought that some scenes in the story dragged on a little bit, I understand why they were written in. The overall flow of the book was great, too!
Possibly my favourite part of the book was the writing style. It went so perfectly with the overall importance of this story.
Overall, I absolutely loved FULL DISCLOSURE and rated it 5/5 stars! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me the ARC! I highly encourage you all to pick up this book, especially since it comes out today!
Good Night Book Owls!
30 thoughts on “Alyssa’s Reviews – Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (ARC)”
Reading it now
I hope you love it!
Woot- sounds powerful
It really was!
I read YA here and there, but this sounds like one to look out for next time I am at the library. Great review!
You should definitely check this one out! Thank you!!
Great review, I am currently reading the book, unfortunately I’ve had loads of tours booked in so I’ve only been able to grab a few chapters at a time but I agree it is a fab book.
Thank you! I hope you get to sit down and enjoy this one fully soon!
I hadn’t heard of this one before but it looks great! Thanks for sharing!
It was fantastic! Thank YOU for reading!
It sounds good.
This sounds intense and emotional. Great review.
Totally Addicted to Reading
It really was, Thank you!
Wow! Great review.
This looks like an incredible book! Thanks for putting it on my radar!
You’re welcome! I hope you read it soon!
I’ve seen this one around and I definitely want to read it.
It’s definitely worth the read!
This does look good and is on my list.
Awesome! I hope you get to reading it soon!
[…] second (and last) book I read in September was FULL DISCLOSURE by Camryn Garrett. Just like the previous book, I absolutely adored this one. From the characters to the writing […]
I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile now and can’t wait to pick it up, especially after reading your review 🙂
That’s great!! I hope you read it (and LOVE it) soon!
This one was already on my TBR list, but now I definitely want to bump it up because it looks so good!
That’s great! I hope you have a chance to read it very soon! 🙂
I lift my hat to you. Reading and blogging while in school, wow you are a good planner and great at organizing.
Totally Addicted to Reading
Great review, I’ve been seeing this book a lot lately and it looks and sounds absolutely amazing. I’m really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.