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The characters keep their secrets and lead risky lives and still refuse to believe they could be the next one diagnosed with HIV.
The jumping around in the timeline could get mildly confusing sometimes but overall it's a good book. It does have some explicit scenes so if that's not your thing, you may want to skip over those pages.
I think this is an important read about safe sex practices and understanding the repercussions.
I would've liked to have had more insight to the after effects of being tested and how it affected their lives from that moment. It ended kind of abruptly.
The four friends in the story come from diverse backgrounds and histories. At the start, we see them together enjoying an evening of intimacy together. In their minds, the sensual acts are an extension of their friendship, not what they view as sexual. Through their close bond, they make an agreement to go together to be tested for HIV.
The rest of the story is told in a combination of flashbacks to their sexual histories and snapshots of their present actions. All four of them have reasons to believe their test may end up being positive, which leads to a good deal of stalling and tension among them. I loved the dialog among them. There were plenty of realistic conversations, and even their snapping at each other was raw and believable.
Without giving any spoilers, I will say that the ending surprised and touched me. I wasn't sure how the author would pull it off in an empathetic way, simply because the subject is so sensitive. She did, though, and it's really emotional.
Other than that, there's not much I can say about the story because it's so short. I do think this is an important read. While we've come a long way, there are still so many people who don't know what it was like to live through that era. Because so many people are gone, we need to preserve their histories. I wonder if this is why so many people in my generation seem to be writing about the early 1990s right now.
For sympathetic characters, a compassionate and non-judgmental tone, and an emotional ending, this gets 5 stars.
It reminded me of the Erasure song 'A Little Respect'. Despite when it was written, it's full of joy. I still have no idea how they did that, nor how Elizabeth Andre manages to infuse this work with how it felt, to sing it then.
If I've been unclear, read this. Read it now. Give it to your friends. It's a time capsule that too few remember.
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