HIV could’ve killed me, but it didn’t get the chance. I’m stronger than HIV, but I can’t even handle a few tweets from kids I don’t know.
Simone is starting over at a new school, hopefully this time her HIV status will stay under wraps. The last time her peers found out…well let’s just say she found out who was really in her corner. The new school is amazing so far…she has friends, she’s director of a musical, and she has a hot crush on Miles, a handsome athlete. As her and Miles get closer and closer to the possibility of maybe having sex, her tormentor gets closer and closer to outing her status ….unless she cuts the cord on her first ever successful relationship. Simone has no idea who would be leaving her nasty notes in her locker…and time is running out.
I really loved the cover and the synopsis of this novel and decided that it would be one of my #pridemonth reads. This is one of the very few book purchases I made this this year on cover alone (that and the awesome sale price). I really loved the diversity of characters in this book. This book addressed a lot of sensitive topics like queerness, same sex households, adoption, teen sexuality, masturbation, and the general ignorance surrounding HIV. The teenagers felt very authentic in this novel. I think this book should be required reading for teens because it addresses a lot of innocent questions in a way that would make life a lot easier for teens who don’t have people to talk to about these subjects.
As much as I loved the concept of the book, I feel that it wasn’t executed in a way that kept me completely immersed in the story. Maybe this is one YA book that would be best read by actual teenagers …a lot of it felt very simplistic and again, that could be because I’m not the target audience. I will definitely be recommending this book to my teenage cousins. This was a debut novel, so I’ll definitely be keeping up with this author in the future.
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Until Next Read,