"An unflinchingly honest, eye-opening, heartful story that's sure to keep readers talking." Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up
"Romantic, funny, hopeful, and unflinchingly real." Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda
The uplifting story of an HIV-positive teen, falling in love and learning to live her truth.
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 realshy kisses escalating into much moreshe 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. . . .
"Full Disclosure is such a joy to read." Erika Sanchez, National Book Award finalist for I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
"A big-hearted love letter to inclusivity, bravery, and acceptance, Full Disclosure is a wonder of a book." Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
About the Author
CAMRYN GARRETT grew up in New York and began her writing career at thirteen, when she was selected as a TIME for Kids reporter, interviewing celebrities like Warren Buffett and Kristen Bell. Since then, her writing has appeared on MTV and in the Huffington Post and Rookie magazine, and she was recently selected as one of Teen Vogue's "21 Under 21: Girls Who Are Changing the World." When she's not writing, she studies film at NYU, and she's a proud advocate for diverse stories and storytellers in any medium. Full Disclosure is her first novel.You can find her on Twitter at @dancingofpens.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say I enjoyed almost everything about this book. It was both raw and gritty and soft and sweet at the same time. Moving through Simone's journey with her as she navigates her new school after being outed as Positive at her old one certainly leaves you worried. While it's clear she's gotten a new life for herself her with friends who she absolutely adores and a crush who she wants to get closer to, there is still trauma and suspicions left over from what happened to her before. Simone struggles with whether or not she can trust herself and her feelings about those around her, while also navigating coming into both her sexuality and sexual awakening. It's clear that it's not easy, especially for an HIV positive teenage girl. Her dads love her and try to instill in her just how amazing she is, but even they seem to have apprehensions about her starting a dating life and sex. Dating and sex both come with an added weight when you are in Simone's situation. After the fiasco at her last school her dads have made it clear: Telling anyone that she is positive, whether friend, school, adults or otherwise is out of the question. Her safety comes first and it's exactly that safety that is threatened when she begins to start dating her crush Miles. Someone in her school is threatening to out her as Positive and after what Simone's been through, that is the last thing that she wants to happen. For the majority of the story, we go along with Simone as she navigates daily high school life, the Drama clubs production of Rent, keeping her biggest secret from her two closest friends and crush, and trying to avoid being outed once again. This story tugged at my heartstrings not only because Simone's trauma and fears were so apparent, but because watching her friends and family rally around her was amazing. Everyone's experience won't be like Simone's, but it was great to see someone who had this much support. What I loved about it even more was that the author (Camryn Garrett) made it abundantly clear that just because Simone had loving family and friends didn't mean her life was perfect. Even though they tried and wanted to understand, they couldn't always and that was what left Simone feeling isolated at times. I did manage to figure out who it was trying to blackmail Simone and they were absolute scum. When the reasoning was exposed, both the surface and underlying reasons, I still didn't feel much sympathy or empathy for the character. Having something horrible happen to you doesn't give you the right to ruin someone's else life and out them. I'd definitely recommend picking this up when it's released and giving it a read. So glad I was able to get the reading opportunity.
This novel was a cute love story. I loved the character development and it had a really great, unexpected twist. But i feel like it tried to tackle too many issues in two few pages. It bounced from HIV/AIDS, to sexuality, to racism, to feminism, to gender idenity on every single page, which made it hard to keep up with sometimes. Those are important issues to address, but when you try to put them all in at the same time in a short book like this, it makes it harder for any of them to really land an impact. The HIV plot line was great, the others felt forced. I also had issues with the gynecologist scene (where Simone’s dad accompanied her), and the idolizing of Javier Munoz who is EXTREMELY problematic in the Broadway community. Yes, he’s a Broadway actor who is gay and HIV+, so I get the connection, but he’s been known to start fights with children and just be downright nasty when people disagree with him. There are other stars (Ryan White) who would have been much better to talk in depth about. Overall, a cute story, and great characters, but a little too jumbled and forced when it comes to the issues it addresses for my taste. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett addresses several difficult topics with boldness and knowledge. Simone was born HIV positive and she lives with her loving, adoptive parents, Dave and Paul, who she calls Dad and Pops. Simone recently moved to the school she's now attending, after being tormented and shunned at her previous school when her best friend told everyone that Simone has HIV. She wants a fresh start and her junior year is going well, at first. She's been assigned as the high school musical director for the school production of "Rent" because Broadway is one of her passions and her teacher believes she has what it takes to follow her dreams and make a career out of directing. Simone meets this amazing guy, Miles, and they form a healthy relationship and she shares her secret with him. Miles handles it kindly and with empathy and treats Simone the same as before. Someone starts leaving threatening notes for Simone, warning her to break up with Miles or else. Everything escalates after that and blow up. Simone finds out who her true friends are and she has to decide whether to hold her head up high and persevere or run away from the same problem all over again. Be aware that Full Disclosure freely talks about sexual issues and questions, so not for sexually squeamish readers. Impressive and bold young adult debut!