Submitter: I thought it was odd that this book looked so sharp since it was clearly from the early 80s… but its copyright is 2014. I thought maybe it was written by Jack Chick or Doris Sanford… but its authors are purportedly academic professionals. They say they wrote the book in conjunction with some incarcerated teenagers, but that’s really no excuse for how bad it is. You’ve got to read it if you can, because it’s so offensive, you won’t believe it. It’s like Tyler Perry’s Temptation in graphic novel form. There’s a little devil on different characters’ shoulders to emphasize the moral failings of those who develop diseases.
The story in short is that Brad gets mad at Marcus, so he ORDERS Maria to have sex with Marcus. Marcus thus gets HIV after one encounter. Then Brad and Maria GO TO JAIL. Don’t worry. Marcus lives happily ever after.
Holly: It definitely sounds like a creepy premise for a story, although some people like creepy stories, I guess – so I’m not sure if it’s an official awful “library” book or just an awful book! Fiction is weird that way. One person’s outrage is another person’s absolute glee. I’m posting it here so you all can talk it over and decide for yourselves. Maybe the authors meant to exaggerate the situation to make a point, like a “literary” graphic novel. The GoodReads blurb says “A graphic novella that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention to teens and young adults.” So…maybe?
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