The HIV/AIDS issue is something that is so rarely talked about in novels for young adults, that as I was reading this, I felt like I had not only finished reading a book; it felt like being in a classroom and learning about this topic - in the best possible way.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺
Do I recommend it : 100% yes, because of insightful, different, and smart this book is!
Would I reread it : I'd make others read it!
Sensing Light is a novel by Mark A. Jacobson following three people who are brought together because of an unknown disease that is affecting gay men more and more. Set during a time where HIV/AIDS was a very taboo and new subject, this book follows the complications of working at a hospital, the relationships between completely different characters all the while enlightening its reader about this topic that is still today considered taboo.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
The story was confusing at times, because I found that this book was "assuming" that all of its readers were already very aware of the HIV/Aids issue. I was, however only on the surface, and despite the fact that I learned so much from reading this novel, the first few chapters confused me because I had no idea what was going on.
I personally think that the pacing of this book was off, for example in the few chapters in the middle, I couldn't keep up with what was happening, whereas towards the mid-ending, everything went by fast. It is a writing technique that although I am very familiar with, I found it difficult to read, especially the parts that went by slowly.
↗ What I liked about the book :
The amazing ensemble cast was my favorite thing about this book. If you read my book reviews, you know that characters make or break a book for me, and this book was incredibly refreshing to read. This book was composed of an Asian character, LGBTQ+ characters and a smart and witty female characters made this book the great read that it was, and their interactions and dialogue did such a good job of moving the plot forward. Especially now that the elections are over, reading a book with such a diverse cast reminds me of how hard we've worked to make multiculturalism accepted, and that simply made me incredibly happy.
The main turning points of this book were so witty and intelligently thought of, kudos to the author! As all of my reviews are spoiler-free (because I don't believe in spoilers), I will only talk about them briefly, but every single thing that happens has a purpose in the book, and that is what made the novel so engaging. They say that in movies, every detail should matter and nothing should go unnoticed, and I think it is the same for books. In this case, this novel was absolutely great in making the plot line move forward.
Again, writing style was AMAZING! I'm always amazed when I receive books from authors, because they are usually books I would never read on my own, yet because I get to review them, I find out about different writing styles and writers in general. The writing in this book played a huge part in the pacing (phew), and it read so quick, and it was as if people were having a conversation in front of you. Every character had such a different voice that if I were to not know who was saying what, you'd still be able to tell the difference!
I think you've noticed that I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and I think that so far it was my favorite book that I received for review. Please read it as you will be enlightened about a subject that needs more media coverage. Buy the book here!
Thanks for reading,