May 25, 2020
wonderful tale about friendship, first love and activism
Growing up in the 80s in Kentucky, I was never really aware of how the AIDS crisis affected families and teens since our Catholic household and schooling never addressed it. This was an enlightening book told from the viewpoint of an Iranian gay teen, who becomes friends and (eventually) romantic partners with two good friends during the AIDS crisis in New York City. Overall, the characters are wonderful, and the adults show a mix of great role models (Uncle Stephen), to horrible role models (Art's parents). It would be a great historical fiction read for younger readers too except for a love scene towards the end of the book; while it is a short scene, consensual and practices safe sex, as a doctor and mom of a 14yo son, I thought it was too graphic for readers who might not be emotionally mature enough for it (hence, rec'd for ages 16+). Older teens should definitely read it.