Title: Full Disclosure

Author: Camryn Garrett

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Simone Garcia-Hampton is HIV-Positive… and is positive HIV won’t define her.

Simone is a lot of things: the new kid at school, a supreme theatre nerd, daughter to two loving but slightly overbearing fathers; and HIV-positive.

She knows that celibacy is – technically – the best way to stay safe. Enter Miles Austin: intelligent, funny and way too sexy for Simone to resist. But her classmates don’t know about her condition – and what is the truth worth in the hands of the wrong person?

A smart, funny, sex-positive YA read, perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han, Full Disclosure is a heartwarming take on the particular challenges of adolescence, written as only a teen could.

The Review

One of my favourite things about YA literature is that subjects that are often seen as taboo or scary to talk about are presented to a young, impressionable audience and allows the reader (presumably but not always of young adult age) to make their own mind up rather than relying on the hand me down beliefs of older – and not necessarily wiser – generations.

It is for that reason that we should all be thankful for writers such as Camryn Garrett who has written Full Disclosure: a book about – but not limited to – the discussion of HIV. Her protagonist, Simone, is HIV positive. For Simone, it is one aspect of who she is. Besides that, she is a young girl who is trying to navigate her way into becoming an adult. She is dealing with the everyday worries of being a teenager, and a girl, and a student, and a friend, and a girlfriend. Whilst these things may seem like run-of-the-mill things for most, Simone has to deal with them with the added pressure of a chronic illness that has so little understanding and a history of scaremongering.

Full Disclosure is a fantastic story about the brutality of high school and reminds us firstly, how difficult being a teenager can be but more importantly it reminds us to be kind to one another. You never know what another person is going through and you will invariably never know unless you forget your own prejudices.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett is available now.

For more information regarding Camryn Garrett (@dancingofpens) please visit www.camryngarrett.com.

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Title: Lie With Me

Author: Philippe Besson

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer, chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe’s teenage years, to a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and a carefully timed encounter between two seventeen-year-olds. It’s the start of a secret, intensely passionate, world-altering love affair between Philippe and his classmate, Thomas.

Dazzlingly rendered by Molly Ringwald, the acclaimed actor and writer, in her first-ever translation, Besson’s exquisitely moving coming-of-age story captures the tenderness of first love – and the heart-breaking passage of time.

The Review

Lie With Me is the gorgeous story of Philippe and Thomas who fall in love but have to keep their relationship secret as the 1980s were not exactly kind to the LGBT community.

Years later Philippe bumps into someone who looks exactly like Thomas: his son.

When the past meets the present Thomas begins to confront all of his unanswered questions that have plagued his life and his career.

I really loved Lie With Me. I won’t lie, I initially wanted to read it because it had been translated by Molly Ringwald (and I love Molly Ringwald) but this became irrelevant when you feel the pulse and the heart of this writing ooze from every page.

It is beautiful.

Read it now.

Lie With Me by Philippe Besson is available now.

For more information regarding Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) please visit www.iammollyringwald.com.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: Outside

Author: Sarah Ann Juckes

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Here’s the thing about being Inside. Ain’t no one believes that they are.

Ele has never been Outside, but she knows it exists – she just has to prove it.

Her whole world is Inside. Trapped with her books and the Others and Him.
She has never seen a tree or felt the rain but that’s about to change. Ele’s getting out. For good.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes was a really engaging but shocking book. It is a book that borders the line of young adult and adult fiction. It has been described as being similar to Room by Emma Donoghue and whilst I have never read that book from what I have heard about it then Outside could be its sister novel.

The story focuses on Ele. She has lived inside for as long as she can remember but she knows that there is an outside and she is determined to get to it. Except how can someone who has grown up knowing only the four walls around her able to survive in the big bad world?

Outside is a book that makes you hungry to read. You have to read on and you have to know how it ends. It isn’t a book that you sit and savour and plod through because you want to be part of that world. Juckes makes you feel uncomfortable. She makes you want to not be there but she does it in such a brilliantly written way.

This is a book that will make you feel at once: sad, uncomfortable, happy and uplifted. Read it.

Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes is available now.

For more information regarding Sarah Ann Juckes (@sarahannjuckes) please visit www.sarahannjuckes.com.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Amazing Women on what the F-Word Means to Them

Author: Scarlett Curtis

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Every woman has a different story to tell. Reading them all in one book might just change your life.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I love feminism – that, my friends, is a t—shirt right there – but I genuinely do. I love the modern wave of feminism and the fact that so many prominent women in society are backing themselves and supporting other women.

The collection of essays features in Feminists Don’t Wear Pink are engaging, witty, entertaining and powerful. They are the perfect source for young people to learn about feminism in a contemporary culture and I think that the powerful voices featured in this book can only have a positive impact on those who read it.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Amazing Women on what the F-Word Means to Them by Scarlett Curtis is available now.

For more information regarding Scarlett Curtis (@scarcurtis) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Author: Emily Danforth

Pages: 466 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

The night Cameron Post’s parents died, her first emotion was relief. Relief they would never know that hours earlier, she’d been kissing a girl.

Now living with her conservative Aunt in small-town Montana, hiding her sexuality and blending in becomes second nature to Cameron until she begins an intense friendship with the beautiful Coley Taylor.

Desperate to ‘correct’ her niece, Cameron’s Aunt takes drastic action.

Now Cameron must battle with the cost of being her true-self even if she’s not completely sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a real eye-opener of a book. I’ve always known that the LGBT community have a hard time of things but what Emily Danforth has done is written a story that shows the truly insidious nature of what some families will do to make sure that their child stops ‘being gay’.

Whilst I enjoyed The Miseducation of Cameron Post I did find the story quite slow paced. It took me much longer than it normally would to read the whole book.

I would recommend this story though. It really does make you aware of how much being a lesbian or being gay is still seen as a negative thing in middle-America.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth is available now.

For more information regarding Emily Danforth (@emdanforth) please visit www.emdanforth.com.

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