Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha
Ratings: 4.7/5 stars
An absorbing debut novel about three gay young adults in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV, perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Bill Konigsberg
When Victor finds himself getting tested for HIV for the first time, he can't help but question his entire relationship with Henrique, the guy he has-had-been dating. See, Henrique didn't disclose his positive HIV status to Victor until after they had sex, and even though Henrique insisted on using every possible precaution, Victor is livid.
That's when Victor meets Ian, a guy who's also getting tested for HIV. But Ian's test comes back positive, and his world is about to change forever. Though Victor is loath to think about Henrique, he offers to put the two of them in touch, hoping that perhaps Henrique can help Ian navigate his new life. In the process, the lives of Ian, Victor, and Henrique will become intertwined in a story of friendship, love, and stigma-a story about hitting what you think is rock bottom, but finding the courage and support to keep moving forward.
Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this utterly engrossing debut by Brazilian author Lucas Rocha calls back to Alex Sanchez's Rainbow Boys series, bringing attention to how far we've come with HIV, while shining a harsh light on just how far we have yet to go.
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Where We Go From Here is a translated queer Young Adult fiction set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that tells the story about love and friendship between three gay young adults, whose lives became intertwined in the face of HIV.
The first beauty of this book for me, was how it tackled the misconceptions and prejudice against HIV positive people, societal assumption about the virus and the people living with it.
Also, how it express the fears and worries through different perspective (from a recently diagnosed person, to a longtime diagnosed person and then, a person been affected indirectly). In one word, EDUCATIVE.
This read, wasn't the regular tragedy HIV/AIDS stories we get to read about. It was touching and cute, the characters were different in their own individual way with dealing with the virus and, how it affects them.
WWGFH, also had themes on self acceptance, denial, drag, confidentiality and disclosure of one's status.
Reading this book reminds me of an encounter (not a gleeful one) I had, which ignite a spark in me why I wanted to work in health sector.
I came to appreciate how far we've come to dealing with this virus in this decade, looking at how the AIDS epidemic back in 1981 dealt with humans.
Do you think someone with HIV, owes it to you to tell their status right from the onset of meeting before anything goes further?
WWGFH is a book that serves as a reminder to PLWHA and those not directly LWHA that, living a fullfiled and achievable life isn't impossible.
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