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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. 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...


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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. 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...

30 review for Full Disclosure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    I personally find this brilliant.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    The fact that Cam is one of my friends has absolutely nothing to do with how absolutely incredible this book was. Because the thing is, this releases on October 29th, and I cried twice reading this, and it actually understands What Real Life Teenagers Are Like, and on the level that I am a reviewer who wants to recommend you books you’ll love, I think you should read this if you like tender slice-of-life YA contemporary about bisexuality and being HIV+ and the power of both familial and platonic The fact that Cam is one of my friends has absolutely nothing to do with how absolutely incredible this book was. Because the thing is, this releases on October 29th, and I cried twice reading this, and it actually understands What Real Life Teenagers Are Like, and on the level that I am a reviewer who wants to recommend you books you’ll love, I think you should read this if you like tender slice-of-life YA contemporary about bisexuality and being HIV+ and the power of both familial and platonic and romantic love. If that sounds interesting to you, here is a very abridged list of things that really resonated with me about this book: ➽the positivity of Simone’s dynamic with her dads, and the fact that they each feel like fully realized people with their own problems but are still loving and kind ➽Simone being a teenager with HIV who did not get it from some kind of traumatic event, but from her mom, and it being an experience she has, not something that defines her ➽Simone’s best friends being so central in her life — I feel like sometimes I read YA where the main character has best friends but you would not know it because they interact twice the whole book. Claudia and Lydia are both excellent ➽the fact that very casually Claudia is an ace lesbian and Lydia is bi. the solidarity of it all ➽Simone being bi and closeted even in a situation where she’s not in danger: she’s just not ready and has had bad experiences, and the fact that the narrative is empathetic towards that and it’s also not the only experience in her life ➽Simone’s drama passion feeling like such an important part of this narrative ➽just in general I think this book does an amazing job of making Simone really multifaceted because that’s what human beings are like ➽also, the drama teacher tea in this book. hit so close to home why are drama teachers Like That ➽this one quote: (view spoiler)[ Last week, my health teacher made this long speech about how girls should spend their formative years discovering themselves and making close friends. Friendships, she said, are just as fulfilling as relationships. And I guess she’s right. I’m so grateful to have found Lydia and Claudia. I love them tons, but not in romantic way. Not having that makes me lonely in a way I can’t really describe. (hide spoiler)] ➽the positive (and really funny) discussion of masturbation for women ➽that one scene with Claudia and Lydia…… this trio is so. my senior year best friend experience ➽the portrayal of Claudia and Lydia each to certain degrees not knowing how to discuss HIV, slash their friend being bi, but also being willing to grow and change from that ➽that section in which Miles says he doesn’t care about people talking about musicals, he likes the way Simone talks about them. like if someone said that to me I too would risk it all ➽the fact that Simone’s past with Sarah feels fully fleshed out despite us not getting a flashback? I feel like it’s really easy to resort to flashbacks so I appreciated the slow reveal ➽I did not guess the ending until a few pages before and i a l w a y s guess the ending ➽I know I’ve talked about Simone and her dads already. but genuinely they made me cry once and tear up several other times ➽also this quote: (view spoiler)[ We can’t live by them. We continue living our lives and fighting the fight. You can’t just let people control you with their hate. You keep living, Simone. (hide spoiler)] ➽the entire section between Simone and Miles where *** ***** *** is just………… it's so tender. honestly all their interactions are so tender I was just 😫 ➽the parallels between the beginning and the ending are a lot Anyway, personally I want to go drink some hot chocolate and talk about the power of love for the next 3 1/2 hours. before anyone asks: the thing that got me, that really made me melt down, was that line where she was like "yes I have best friends but I'm still romantically lonely" I was really fragile at that moment I was on a train and I'd just gotten my heart lowkey broken less than two weeks earlier but I had to put down the book for a really long minute and cry a little. also one of the scenes with Simone's dads made me cry. I can't remember which one it was anymore. want them to adopt me. Really really really loved this book. I hope you'll buy it on October 29th 2019. Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I knew this was going to be an important and memorable story from the very first chapter. This was my first time reading about an HIV positive character and their struggles so I was paying very close attention to everything that was being said about the virus and how it affected Simone’s daily life. I did feel overwhelmed in the beginning because the author does not wait long to explain Simone’s situation to us and so it feels as though we are info-dumped. At the same time, I am really glad I I knew this was going to be an important and memorable story from the very first chapter. This was my first time reading about an HIV positive character and their struggles so I was paying very close attention to everything that was being said about the virus and how it affected Simone’s daily life. I did feel overwhelmed in the beginning because the author does not wait long to explain Simone’s situation to us and so it feels as though we are info-dumped. At the same time, I am really glad I know more about HIV and the U=U rule (undetectable = untransmittable) today. This book made me realize my own ignorance and corrected it. It tells the story of Simone, an HIV positive girl who is faced with a dilemma: tell the boy she is crushing on about her condition and risk being rejected and having the whole school find out about her virus or give in to her blackmailer who wants her to leave Miles alone. I completely related to Simone because I think we all have a little something we don’t want other people to know but not telling them can sometimes equal keeping them at a distance so it’s not easy either way. I also think the author did a magnificent job of making us feel sympathetic towards Simone without pitying her. She’s a strong girl and the fact that she is HIV positive does not make her any less real and able than someone else. This is a really great debut novel. Not perfect, seeing that it feels as though we are thrown into a story that started a while ago, but everyone in this story deserves getting to know, especially Simone and her family and friends. Oh and Miles, of course. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    "I wish I felt queer or straight and not like I'm floating somewhere far away from both." This is one for the Love, Simon fans. And I’m not saying this because that’s what publishers use to promote their next great cute high school romance. It’s because it’s 100% true. Queer kids? Check. Cute romance? Check. True friendship? Check. Anonymous letters? Drama club? Check. And that one dick that pressures you into coming out? Check. And after all these similarities, it still remains an original story "I wish I felt queer or straight and not like I'm floating somewhere far away from both." This is one for the Love, Simon fans. And I’m not saying this because that’s what publishers use to promote their next great cute high school romance. It’s because it’s 100% true. Queer kids? Check. Cute romance? Check. True friendship? Check. Anonymous letters? Drama club? Check. And that one dick that pressures you into coming out? Check. And after all these similarities, it still remains an original story about growing up and staying true to yourself. One that is even deeper, braver, funnier, and more heartfelt. Full Disclosure touches on a lot of topics that I love seeing in YA novels. It discusses racism and queerness but also talks openly about sex, sexual health, and masturbation. I have only encountered this level of sex-positivity in Jack of Hearts and it makes me happy to see it being represented in such an open-minded light. There are enough teenagers and adults out there who feel like they can’t talk about their sex lives without feeling ashamed and embarrassed. And sure, these things can be super awkward. But I’d rather have people learn about having a healthy attitude towards sex from reading books like this than watching porn and having unrealistic and often harmful expectations. Furthermore, the author also talks about asexuality and that it’s okay not to like and want and think about sex, and that asexuality exists on a spectrum. And of course, one of the main themes in this book is the fact that Simone, the main character, is HIV positive. The book is very informative in a way that many sex ed lessons fail to be. It deconstructs the stigma that surrounds people who are positive and explains that partnerships, sex, having a family and children are just as possible for an HIV+ person than for everybody else. I also liked how the main character is a huge (huge!) musical fan and often references musicals and their film adaptions without letting it overpower the main story. I’m not a fan of musicals myself – mostly because I have enough obsessions already – and I still enjoyed hearing about them without feeling like pop culture references about Dear Evan Hanson and Hamilton were being shoved down my throat. And overall I genuinely liked Simone. She is funny, she doesn’t put up with anyone’s bullshit, she’s relatable. I did, however, find it excruciating how she treated her best friends as soon as she had a boyfriend, especially because she saw no wrong in dumping her friends for a guy. That’s the worst behaviour. And it got even worse before it got better. But in the end, I saw where Simone was coming from and I was glad that she was insightful enough to see the hurt she’d caused. And if all of that wasn’t enough to convince you to read this book, maybe you should reconsider your life choices. Find more of my books on Instagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Simone is HIV positive. Her dads try to be supportive, but sometimes end up overprotective and think that the best way for Simone to manage her sexuality is with abstinence. But Simone would really like to have sex one day and she's really attracted to a boy at school. Will he like her if she tells him about her illness, even if it's well-managed? As they get closer, this question features more and more prominently in her consciousness-- Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Simone is HIV positive. Her dads try to be supportive, but sometimes end up overprotective and think that the best way for Simone to manage her sexuality is with abstinence. But Simone would really like to have sex one day and she's really attracted to a boy at school. Will he like her if she tells him about her illness, even if it's well-managed? As they get closer, this question features more and more prominently in her consciousness-- especially when she receives threatening messages in her locker from someone threatening to tell everyone that she has HIV if she doesn't ditch the boy she likes and go back to being alone. FULL DISCLOSURE is such a timely, amazing book. It does for sexuality what THE HATE U GIVE did for racial violence. It's a book that deep-dives into an issue that a lot of people can't, or won't, talk about, and does so with depth, sympathy, and a great story. The whole time I was reading this I felt really sad, because books like this weren't around when I was a teenager and I really wish they were, because I learned more from this one tiny novel than I did with a whole year's worth of "Health" classes. Rather than go into multiple paragraphs about everything I liked about this book, I'm going to resort to my handy-dandy method of lazy review writing: the checklist. FULL DISCLOSURE is amazing because: ✔️ DIVERSITY EVERYWHERE. Simone is black and bisexual. Her best friends are Asian. One of them is an asexual lesbian and the other is also bisexual. Simone's fathers are black and Latino. Simone's crush is black. Simone's doctor is a hijabi Muslim. This is the first book set in San Francisco that actually represents the city in all its diverse glory, and it's one of the things that I love so much about California. It made me so happy to see a world reflecting the reality in which I live. ✔️ Sex positivity. There's a lot of frank talk between Simone and her friends about sex. The book opens with Simone's dads literally sitting with her as she meets with a gynecologist and talking about some of her contraceptive options as someone with HIV. Sex is dealt with in a positive, open, healthy way-- I wish all sex talks were this positive, tbh. It reminds me of a documentary I watched about Dutch sex ed. classes and how they begin when kids are age 4. Teaching kids that their bodies are normal-- that sexuality of all kinds-- is normal, makes for a much better society. I loved this. ✔️ Great relationships. Even when the going gets rough, Simone's relationships are all #goals. She has a fight with her friends over a totally valid reason, and end up stronger than ever because of it. She has a fight with her family over a totally valid reason, and they end up stronger than ever because of it. She has some tough convos with her HIV support group, but they rally around her when she needs it. It's unusual to see a book that manages to portray such closeness, and still manage to convey the usual tensions that any normal relationship is fraught with, without making things look toxic. This book oozed love and support, and did so in a way that wasn't forced or fluffy at all. ✔️ Musical references galore! I love musicals and it was great to see the heroine of this novel be so passionate about something. A common complaint I see in YA is that the heroine has no hobbies or interests outside of her love interest, and that is so not the case here. Simone is the creative-director in her theater class and her passion for it shows every time she brings up the topic. ✔️ A great villain. I honestly didn't see that twist coming and when the inevitable showdown happened, it was so realistic and so well-handled that I wanted to cry. This book could have been ruined so easily by a cheesy strawman argument, and it was not. ✔️ Normal teen things. These teens have authentic voices and actually sound like teenagers. You feel, when you're reading this book, that you're eavesdropping on actual teen conversations and not reading the thinly-disguised morality play of a forty-year-old parent proselytizing to the next gen. Simone often made me laugh with her zany sense of humor, and that lightened up some pretty serious and angsty moments in this book that definitely captured those infamous teenage "lows." In short, FULL DISCLOSURE is a really great book and I hope to see it in a lot of school libraries and maybe becoming a movie one day, just like THE HATE U GIVE did. The AIDS scare of the 1980s caused a lot of misinformation about the virus to circulate, and that misinformation continues to this day because people don't want to talk about it. Well, someone finally did, and if this book opens the door to those very serious conversations then that is a wonderful and marvelous thing. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  4.5 to 5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    This was a really fantastic book to finish off 2019 with. It's one of those contemporaries that feels unafraid -- even though such a central theme of it literally is fear. The fear of people who condemn and who are ignorant and how dangerous and ruining they can be to the vulnerable. This is about sex and a girl who's positive for HIV, and it's also about complex female friendships, the softest family feels, musical theatre, and the messiness of being a teen. I also appreciated the This was a really fantastic book to finish off 2019 with. It's one of those contemporaries that feels unafraid -- even though such a central theme of it literally is fear. The fear of people who condemn and who are ignorant and how dangerous and ruining they can be to the vulnerable. This is about sex and a girl who's positive for HIV, and it's also about complex female friendships, the softest family feels, musical theatre, and the messiness of being a teen. I also appreciated the queer-questioning thread woven through it. Like there was just such a lot in this book, and it all felt handled so well!!! Simone made a ton of immature decisions, but she is an actual teen and oh if she wasn't so relatable for it. I also loved her dynamics with her two gay dads, the adoption discussions, the #ownvoices black rep, and how fierce (in good AND bad ways) her friendship was with Claudia and Lydia. Who were both gay!! Like the book is so gay!! So happy here. (Claudia was also ace!) It is very sex-centric, intensely so, and I was just 😂am too ace myself for this. Definitely an important and addictively readable contemporary to add to your TBR!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperinstories.com Teenager Simone has not had an easy life. She was born with HIV and has had to take antiretroviral medication daily to control the growth of the virus, plus all the hospital visits and group talks. She also had to move school after she told someone she thought she could trust about her HIV but the girl decided to spread it around and people began treating her differently, staying away from her, calling her names, etc. At her new school, no-one knows, not Book Reviewed on www.whisperinstories.com Teenager Simone has not had an easy life. She was born with HIV and has had to take antiretroviral medication daily to control the growth of the virus, plus all the hospital visits and group talks. She also had to move school after she told someone she thought she could trust about her HIV but the girl decided to spread it around and people began treating her differently, staying away from her, calling her names, etc. At her new school, no-one knows, not even the teachers, or so she thought. When she starts dating Miles, Simone receives an anonymous letter telling her to stay away from him or the person will tell the school about her HIV. Simone doesn’t want to be held to ransom about her illness, however, she also doesn’t want the whole school to find out and for her life to end up how it was at her old school. There are two things about this book that hit me within a few chapters of reading it, the authors easy writing style and how diverse the book truly is. Author Camryn Garrett has a way with words, it’s as if she is talking directly to her teenage audience (yes I know I’m a little, okay a lot above the teenage years), but it is not surprising how her words come across when you realise that she wrote the book at just seventeen. The book’s diverseness represents the world today. We have Simone being brought up by her two gay dads. One of her best-friends is queer and Simone herself is Bi. The book talks openly about subjects that some YA books steer clear from, including sex, buying vibrators, masturbation, and a whole lot more. The book also covers subjects such as safe sex and sexual health as well as answering some of your questions about living with HIV. All of the characters are realistic and wonderful to get to know and understand. If you are a teenager at school then this book will probably speak to you more than someone of my age and that is who the book is for. It is an amazing story mixed with factual information on lots of subjects teenagers might want to know about but are too scared or embarrassed to ask. Overall the book is a poignant, heart-warming read that I simply adored from cover to cover. A fresh new voice in the YA market that truly knows her audience and is exceptionally relatable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    sue

    So, I’m not a Young Adult, but I’m an adult young at heart, so that’s my reasoning on choosing a YA book sometimes that catch my eye. Simone has two dads. She’s adopted. She also has HIV. With HIV she has had a troubled life, hospital care visits, stigma, diversity problems and a best friend revealing her status on HIV to an entire bunch of school pupils with results of her having to find a new placement in another school. Is it happening again? She and Miles strike up a good relationship. She needs So, I’m not a Young Adult, but I’m an adult young at heart, so that’s my reasoning on choosing a YA book sometimes that catch my eye. Simone has two dads. She’s adopted. She also has HIV. With HIV she has had a troubled life, hospital care visits, stigma, diversity problems and a best friend revealing her status on HIV to an entire bunch of school pupils with results of her having to find a new placement in another school. Is it happening again? She and Miles strike up a good relationship. She needs to tell him. Now she’s getting threatening notes in her school. Who are they from? I adored her two dads. Supportive, and at times like any parent wanting to protect their child from harm. Simone has two really good best friends but that hit its troubles. The relationship between Miles and Simone is so dam cute. I loved it. It’s difficult enough growing up, becoming an adult without all that Simone has to deal with. I felt her pain often. The authors writing is so good. Enough narrative and a nice lot of dialogue which I love. This sensitive subject matter was handled so well I thought.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Knopf Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Even if I never read the book*, I really want to meet the author! She seems like such a genuinely happy and fun person to be around! *But I most certainly will | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Being a teenager is hard enough, dealing with peer pressure and boyfriends, but Simone is also coping with moving to a new school and having HIV. She hasn’t told her two new best friends yet. She had to move school previously, she told a friend of her condition and then she told others. Simone likes Miles but she is afraid to get too close to him. when she gets mystery notes forcing her to reveal to Miles about being HIV positive she is desperate to find out who knows her secret. I really enjoyed Being a teenager is hard enough, dealing with peer pressure and boyfriends, but Simone is also coping with moving to a new school and having HIV. She hasn’t told her two new best friends yet. She had to move school previously, she told a friend of her condition and then she told others. Simone likes Miles but she is afraid to get too close to him. when she gets mystery notes forcing her to reveal to Miles about being HIV positive she is desperate to find out who knows her secret. I really enjoyed this book. Simone is a strong very likeable character, it’s rare to read about a teenager being HIV positive and this was written in an honest and sensitive way. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    I fully admit that I requested this one because of the unique circumstances described in the synopsis. A YA contemporary dealing with HIV? Not a throwback story, or historical, set against the AIDS crisis but a real person, in today's world? I had to read it. Adding to this already rare subject matter, was a diverse cast, dealing with topics of both race and sexuality. But ultimately I think I loved the concept more than the execution. This story reads a little like SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS I fully admit that I requested this one because of the unique circumstances described in the synopsis. A YA contemporary dealing with HIV? Not a throwback story, or historical, set against the AIDS crisis but a real person, in today's world? I had to read it. Adding to this already rare subject matter, was a diverse cast, dealing with topics of both race and sexuality. But ultimately I think I loved the concept more than the execution. This story reads a little like SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA. Our lead has a secret, she's not out about her HIV at school (not after the disaster that happened at her last one), and she hasn't even told her best friends; which means neither does her crush know. But someone does and someone threatens to out her if she doesn't spill the beans by a specific deadline. The threats even get worse as her crush suddenly becomes her boyfriend. And Simone has to make a choice : avoid the chance at love and be browbeat by an unknown or come clean to those she cares about. Throughout the story, there are little red herrings as to who this blackmailer is. And I'll admit I did guess correctly. I won't spoil anything about Simone's choices (does she tell, is she outed, does she tell and end up outed anyway) but I will say that, not being represented by anything in this book — I'm not queer or black or HIV positive (though the author is the everything but the latter) — I thought everything felt true. What ultimately kind of failed for me was some of the side drama with Simone's besties. I felt they sometimes transitioned into strange discussions or arguments that never felt relevant for the circumstances whereas her friends from the support group, a gathering for other HIV positive teens, were fabulous. The romance was sweet, the obsession with musicals wasn't really my thing but I appreciated the relevance of them doing a production of Rent, and I would 100% read a backstory/companion about Simone's parents. She had a somewhat complex and blended family situation, being adopted and also with particular dynamics still present between her dads, but overall I just loved them both so much. It was particularly nice that, with everything else going on, parental angst was not present. Additionally, Simone is very aware and very responsible about her diagnosis. She has maturity, respect, and agency in regards to how she has to manage it and yet also wants to be educated on protocol for being sexually active while protecting herself and her partner. This is a story about living with HIV and living a full, healthy, life. There's no real tragedy here. So, yes, I didn't love this but I love what it represents, what it will offer to other readers, and overall the education it'll give many people who just don't know enough, or maybe rely on ignorant prejudice, about HIV. Highly recommend for that alone. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mandi1082

    Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children for providing and ARC of this book for an honest review. This book takes place in this day and age where HIV and Aids is around and we know more about the disease but people are still scared to be around people who have it. When Simone is transferred to a new school all she wants is to be normal and keep her secret. Then she is fast falling for a classmate Miles and she struggles with telling him the truth or keeping her secret. Then a mysterious Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children for providing and ARC of this book for an honest review. This book takes place in this day and age where HIV and Aids is around and we know more about the disease but people are still scared to be around people who have it. When Simone is transferred to a new school all she wants is to be normal and keep her secret. Then she is fast falling for a classmate Miles and she struggles with telling him the truth or keeping her secret. Then a mysterious letters start showing up in her locker and it says I know your secret. Leave Miles alone or else I will tell him. I enjoyed this read. It was something different than other YA books you read out there. I loved the representation of her two dads. One Hispanic and the other one African american. Overall it was a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dahlia

    So good, so full of voice, so feels like it was written by an actual (brilliant) teen in all the best ways.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    this book was so wonderful--such a lovely story of a really genuine and relatable teen and i'm SO excited to see what garrett writes next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword

    One of my Christmas gifts! I have a good feeling about this one . One of my Christmas gifts! I have a good feeling about this one 💖.

  16. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of FULL DISCLOSURE by Camryn Garrett in exchange for my honest review.*** 5 BLOWN AWAY STARS Born HIV positive, Simone lives in fear her classmates will discover her condition, like in her old school and she’ll be forced to start over again. Her overprotective fathers can’t protect her from school bullies. Simone has best friends, is directing the school musical and maybe a boy interested in her. Then a letter threatening to expose her ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of FULL DISCLOSURE by Camryn Garrett in exchange for my honest review.*** 5 BLOWN AWAY STARS Born HIV positive, Simone lives in fear her classmates will discover her condition, like in her old school and she’ll be forced to start over again. Her overprotective fathers can’t protect her from school bullies. Simone has best friends, is directing the school musical and maybe a boy interested in her. Then a letter threatening to expose her HIV status appears in her locker and all Simone’s new relationships seem in jeopardy. I love reading what I think will be a good book and discovering a groundbreaking masterpiece. I was shocked to discover Camryn Garrett was only seventeen years old when she sold FULL DISCLOSURE because this novel reads like she remembers the era when HIV and AIDS came into fruition, which I do. Simone is such a complex character, brave yet flawed. She has every reason to distrustful based on her previous experiences, yet Garrett shows that Simone’s history doesn’t mitigate the pain her friends feel when she hurts their feelings. My only issue was I doubt any doctor, let alone a gynecologist would want to give a teenager a pelvic examination with her fathers in the room. Most doctors would suspect abuse when parents insisted on staying, even if they knew the fathers. I get that the scenes were supposed to show how close to Simone the dads were and how blurry the boundaries, I just can imagine a doctor not at least suggesting the teen might want privacy. FULL DISCLOSURE is a phenomenal, important book that would make a great classroom read. I cannot wait to see what Garrett writes next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    now that this is FINALLY announced I can write a little thing about it: i love this book more than life itself, lets be real. I've never read a book like it. Searing with heart and filled to the brim with humor, Camryn Garrett's debut is a needed addition to the YA canon and is absolutely unputdownable, unforgettable, and so incredibly special. full disclosure: i came up with the title for this book. you seriously won't want to miss it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rec-It Rachel

    incredible

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    I beta read this and IT WAS AMAZING. I can't wait for the world to read it too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    thi

    4.5/5 “My HIV isn’t a threat to you, but your ignorance is a threat to me.” - tw: HIV status outing, queer used as an umbrella term - Follows Simone, an HIV+ teen, as she explores her sexual freedom, her sexual identity (questioning being bi), her friendships and her first boyfriend - Challenges the stigmas and misinformation about people with HIV - As well as touches on micro aggressions towards black women - I’m so passionate about sex education so I love how wholly sex positive this is from 4.5/5 “My HIV isn’t a threat to you, but your ignorance is a threat to me.” - tw: HIV status outing, queer used as an umbrella term - Follows Simone, an HIV+ teen, as she explores her sexual freedom, her sexual identity (questioning being bi), her friendships and her first boyfriend - Challenges the stigmas and misinformation about people with HIV 👏🏼👏🏼 - As well as touches on micro aggressions towards black women - I’m so passionate about sex education so I love how wholly sex positive this is from respecting exploring sex and the education of the risks associated within all relationships - I loved Simone’s experience attending an HIV support group and the discussions, and varying opinions they had - I loved Simone’s friendships with Claudia (asexual, in f/f relationship) and Lydia (bi) and how they are actually are a prominent presence ... which makes it hard to see when they struggle 😭💕 - On top of that her dad’s are so wholesome and loving but aren’t complete pushovers either - Only con would be the from the overwhelmingly large amount of pop culture references ... I get that simone’s into theatre but pls Challenging stigma, making positive changes, and just advocating for accurate information is so important and isn’t just a task for the next generation. If you’re present, you can be informed. - “The medication and treatment for HIV have come so far, but the public opinion hasn’t moved at all. Do you know why? Because of blind ignorance. Because of people like you” - “If you really care about your kids being exposed to good influences, you’ll start with yourself and your own behavior.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia Juarez

    Good story, would be wonderful for the audience it’s intended for. It would be a great teaching tool.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

    I enjoyed this book. While it required some suspense of disbelief via some scenes (e.g. more people than not accepting her disclosure), the book is heartfelt and well-researched. Camryn Garrett performed a great feat of writing about a topic many refuse to touch to this day. She discussed HIV, disclosure and its possible consequences, sexual orientation and its various forms, sexuality, responsible sexuality (e.g. condom usage), racism, classism, and gentrification. She offers, in a manner to I enjoyed this book. While it required some suspense of disbelief via some scenes (e.g. more people than not accepting her disclosure), the book is heartfelt and well-researched. Camryn Garrett performed a great feat of writing about a topic many refuse to touch to this day. She discussed HIV, disclosure and its possible consequences, sexual orientation and its various forms, sexuality, responsible sexuality (e.g. condom usage), racism, classism, and gentrification. She offers, in a manner to which her audience will ingest, a pathway to further discussion of said topics. Well-worth a read. 4/5

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    BEST. BOOK. EVER. I loved it, of course. I can't wait for the world to read it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. First things first: Full Disclosure is a remarkable standout. In my entire lifetime, I've never seen such a poignant exploration of what it means to be living HIV positive. Camryn Garrett is one of THE next great literary voices and if she wasn't on your radar already, she will be Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. First things first: Full Disclosure is a remarkable standout. In my entire lifetime, I've never seen such a poignant exploration of what it means to be living HIV positive. Camryn Garrett is one of THE next great literary voices and if she wasn't on your radar already, she will be after this one is released. Not only is Full Disclosure one of the best debuts of the year--it is one of the best books of the year, period. It takes a lot out of an author to craft stories with such care and honesty. Not everyone is up for the task, but Garrett does so beautifully. There's a line you simply cannot cross. There's a reality behind every sentence. There are facts that need to be represented with illnesses. Most importantly, every work of fiction can represent something in reality. For a book to discuss so much, so frankly, in such a small window of time, is a triumph. Full Disclosure is a rare read, indeed, for this reason alone. Not only does it tackle the stigma and facts, and dismantle falsehoods of the disease, surrounding HIV, it touts a diverse cast that is nothing short of lively. Simone is one of the best lead characters I've read in recent memory--determined, hopeful, and so deserving of all good things in this life. I loved reading her journey and watching as she found her footing, chased her dreams, and made life her own. Further, the relationships explored within Full Disclosure felt real and complex in a really wonderful kind of way. At its core, Full Disclosure is a truly stunning coming of age story that explores many true to life topics: sexuality in a positive and realistic manner, living a life with an illness so heavily misunderstood and unrepresented, and the subtle threatening nature our peers might have upon our happiness. It explores all forms of relationships in this life and does so with a tenderness that still remains blunt with honesty. (It also hits a personal sweet spot for me in referencing musicals. We all know THAT is my true love.) Full Disclosure is about many things. Mostly, it's about coming of age, living your life, and reflecting on the relationships we gain--or lose--on the way. The amount of life we witness in Full Disclosure should be applauded and admired. I'll say it again: Camryn Garrett is the voice/author to look out for. In short? I loved seeing such a wonderful portrayal of the HIV virus. I loved that this didn't feel like a cardboard cut-out exploration of hard hitting topics and instead felt full of life and its diversity. It is hands down one of the most realistic YA releases of all time and should absolutely be added to everyone's TBR.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    CW: outing HIV status, prejudice against HIV+ people, racism, sexism, and some homophobia This book. This book was amazing. I'm so damn glad it exists and that I was able to read it! Simone is HIV positive and has been her whole life. She was adopted by her dads and, recently, she had to transfer to a new school where no one knows her because someone outed her HIV status. And now it's starting to happen again. She and a boy, Miles, have crushes on each other and someone is threatening to tell the CW: outing HIV status, prejudice against HIV+ people, racism, sexism, and some homophobia This book. This book was amazing. I'm so damn glad it exists and that I was able to read it! Simone is HIV positive and has been her whole life. She was adopted by her dads and, recently, she had to transfer to a new school where no one knows her because someone outed her HIV status. And now it's starting to happen again. She and a boy, Miles, have crushes on each other and someone is threatening to tell the whole school if she doesn't tell everyone herself. This book was incredible. I expected it to be very angsty and that's not what I often reach for. Angst is great, but I don't seek out books that are all angst, all the time. Really, this book is incredibly happy. It's about Simone coming into herself. She has great friends, Lydia and Claudia, who love her and are there for her. And Miles is just the best baby angle that I could have asked for in this book. While the book does tackle a lot of hard topics -- outing, betrayal by people you trusted, racism, sexism, dealing with being HIV and the prejudices that it comes with, etc -- it's incredibly light and I loved reading it in the mornings while I had coffee. It was just a joy to read and it had a great balance of difficult things to light parts. As I said, I'm so glad that this book is out there for everyone to read because it takes HIV, a virus that has killed so many people and could have wiped out a whole community because everyone turned a blind eye until white and cis-het people were being affected, and makes it a rather joyful book about the next generation. Highly recommend!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I absolutely couldn’t resist this synopsis coupled with that gorgeous cover. I love love loved Simone. She’s smart and silly and just wants to have a normal teenage experience. Her friends Lydia and Claudia are fantastic and Miles is so sweet. Simone’s dads are supportive and loving and I really enjoyed all of the scenes of the three of them together. Plot wise, it’s interesting and informative and captivating. There are many effortlessly added mentions to the history of the AIDS epidemic. The I absolutely couldn’t resist this synopsis coupled with that gorgeous cover. I love love loved Simone. She’s smart and silly and just wants to have a normal teenage experience. Her friends Lydia and Claudia are fantastic and Miles is so sweet. Simone’s dads are supportive and loving and I really enjoyed all of the scenes of the three of them together. Plot wise, it’s interesting and informative and captivating. There are many effortlessly added mentions to the history of the AIDS epidemic. The story is sex positive with a diverse cast and loads of communication. Added bonus: there was so much growth from the characters by the end. Okay, and maybe a few who need a solid junk punch. Overall, it was a quick and very satisfying read. And even though I feel like this review isn’t nearly close to being complete, I’ve typed it up 5 different times and I don’t know what else to say. **Huge thanks to Knopf BFYR for providing an early finished copy free of charge**

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    I requested this book because it oozed the grabby vibes with a YA context of a HIV positive protagonist. This book had lots of important themes and it was generally educational to those who might not know much about the virus in the context of adolescence and sexual relationships. However, it terms of execution and connection to the characters, the narrative left me on the outside looking in, disconnected and wanting more. The protagonist, Simone was a secure person on the cusp of womanhood but I requested this book because it oozed the grabby vibes with a YA context of a HIV positive protagonist. This book had lots of important themes and it was generally educational to those who might not know much about the virus in the context of adolescence and sexual relationships. However, it terms of execution and connection to the characters, the narrative left me on the outside looking in, disconnected and wanting more. The protagonist, Simone was a secure person on the cusp of womanhood but with so many new questions about a health condition she’d lived with since forever. Simone was exploring her sexual identity, potential attractions and relationships and for the first time she was questioning what that meant in the now for her and her circumstances. What I liked were the multiple reps of sexual identity and living with HIV, there’s so much in terms of widening knowledge and horizons for young people reading this book. I loved the dads, they were ridiculously protective on the one hand and everything precious on the other. I liked Miles but I found him unrealistic in a number of situations. I struggled somewhat with feeling connected to Simone herself and her friends, Lydia and Claudia. There was something missing in these characters, something in the narrative that just didn’t hang right and I still can’t put my finger on it. The drama lama later in the story was predictable but I did enjoy how the story came together in the end. Although I remain unsure about Miles’ parents and any resolution of that issue. I wanted to love this book, I appreciate its existence but it was just an okay read for me. I think maybe those younger readers than me might gain more from the narrative than I did. Thank you to Penguin Children’s for the early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities here.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Neville Longbottom

    3.5 - Simone is HIV+ but hasn’t told any of her friends at her new school. When she starts dating a boy she knows she’ll need to tell him eventually. But before long someone is leaving threatening notes in her locker saying that she needs to dump Miles or else they’ll reveal her positive status. I think this book does a lot of stuff really well. It has open discussions about sex, being queer, asexuality, masturbation, HIV, and race. It really puts the reader in Simone’s mindset of how scary it 3.5 - Simone is HIV+ but hasn’t told any of her friends at her new school. When she starts dating a boy she knows she’ll need to tell him eventually. But before long someone is leaving threatening notes in her locker saying that she needs to dump Miles or else they’ll reveal her positive status. I think this book does a lot of stuff really well. It has open discussions about sex, being queer, asexuality, masturbation, HIV, and race. It really puts the reader in Simone’s mindset of how scary it can be to have something about you that people instantly hate and are ignorant to the actual facts. Simone was a well rounded character, and I really enjoyed the family dynamic between her and her 2 dads. The blackmailing plot fell kinda flat for me, I feel like this story could’ve been so much stronger if that part of the plot was reworked. Also, at times the medical information came across as infodumps. I think it can be difficult to seamlessly integrate conversations with doctors and medical stuff into a novel without it feeling like “now I am going to teach the reader a lesson.” But the lesson is important, so I don’t want to fault the book too much for that. There’s a lot to love about this book and praise it for. It’s a strong debut, even if there are some aspects that weren’t totally perfect for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5/5 Stars I'm just so happy this book does exist because I think it truly portrays something that we don't usually find in young adult books: an HIV-positive teen. This book could be educational for a lot of readers and it's definitely a way to spark conversation and to end the stigma surrounding this topic. Simone is a strong female protagonist who's very mature for her age and I really liked that about her. I wasn't the biggest fan of the plot-twist, it was pretty predictable and so it kind 3.5/5 Stars I'm just so happy this book does exist because I think it truly portrays something that we don't usually find in young adult books: an HIV-positive teen. This book could be educational for a lot of readers and it's definitely a way to spark conversation and to end the stigma surrounding this topic. Simone is a strong female protagonist who's very mature for her age and I really liked that about her. I wasn't the biggest fan of the plot-twist, it was pretty predictable and so it kind of fell flat to me. The start of Simone and Miles's relationship was a bit abrupt in my opinion and at first I wasn't into it, but by the end of the book I was sold, they were so cute! In the future I'll definitely keep an eye out for other books by Camryn Garrett!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    I really enjoyed this! It's a very sex-positive book, full of insightful and important educational aspects. This doesn't necessarily make it a heavy read, though; it's also an often funny romcom about a teenage girl directing the school musical and falling in love for the first time. My full review will be up on my blog soon. Rep: questioning bisexual Black MC, gay parents (m/m), Black love interest, Black side character, Latinx side character, asexual lesbian side character, bisexual side I really enjoyed this! It's a very sex-positive book, full of insightful and important educational aspects. This doesn't necessarily make it a heavy read, though; it's also an often funny romcom about a teenage girl directing the school musical and falling in love for the first time. My full review will be up on my blog soon. Rep: questioning bisexual Black MC, gay parents (m/m), Black love interest, Black side character, Latinx side character, asexual lesbian side character, bisexual side character CWs: blackmailing, hospitals, HIV, (internalized) biphobia, (internalized) racism, slutshaming

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