Why you need to read FULL DISCLOSURE:
1.) The writing- Camryn Garrett is a powerhouse of talent. FULL DISCLOSURE is filled with incredible writing from the sentence level all the way to the big overarching scenes. I wanted to highlight whole pages of sharp prose.
2.) The authenticity of being a teenager- This story expertly captures the sheer awkwardness of being a teenager, particularly when a crush is involved. When you have so many feelings inside of you constantly rolling around, it's hard to smoothly articulate your thoughts. Young readers will instantly connect with Simone's struggles as she tries to make new friends at a new school and flirt with a new crush. In addition, the representation of being an HIV positive teen is rare to find and helps fill an important gap on contemporary YA shelves.
3.) Powerful friendships- While there is a romantic relationship in FULL DISCLOSURE, I would argue that the friendships are just as, if not more, powerful in this novel. Simone has had her trust broken more than once, and it's hard for her to show her full self and put trust in people again. Simone's friends show that there can be immense power and connection in honesty and vulnerability.
FULL DISCLOSURE left me in awe from the writing to the characterization to the plot. I can't wait to see what Camryn Garrett writes next.