2021 Readers' Favorite Silver Medalist
Seventeen-year-old Aly Bennett has been in love with her friend Luke for years. She hasn't told him how she feels for two reasons. 1) She's the girl with HIV. 2) She lied about how she got it.
Aly never meant to lie. The words just slipped out on her first day of a support group for kids living with life-threatening conditions. It was the day she met Luke and Caroline, who would become her best friends and the closest thing she has to a family. After so many years, Aly doesn't know how to tell her friends the truth. So she paints and she runs and she tries not to think about the future she can't have.
But when a Boston prosecutor asks Aly to testify in a trial-and her relationship with Luke intensifies-things become complicated. If she testifies, Luke and Caroline will learn the truth-that Aly has been lying to them for most of a decade. If she doesn't, a monster could go free, again.
Wow. This story is very emotional. It talks about the complicated relationship that individuals have with dealing with HIV. Their experience when others know they have and the protagonist trauma. She needed to tell the truth and face the one who did that to her to protect others from suffering the same consequences as her. The author did a great job writing about all these different obstacles a teenager or anyone who suffers from this stigma. This story does have a strong female protagonist wanting to overcome her trauma. This was a very different type of story and it talked about a sensitive topic I was happy to be able to read this story.