At Risk by Alice Hoffman

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hoffman, alice - at risk(thumbs_side) Even though this book was written the year I was born, it still rings true towards the attitude of the public about AIDs.

This follows the family of a young girl who contracts AIDs through a blood transfusion. All characters are referred to in the third person and there is a lot of character development.

Unfortunately, when everyone finds out about the child’s diagnosis, there is panic among the town. Kids are pulled out of the school she goes to, she and her brother lose friends. All this social stigma whilst she and her family are battling the tragedy of her illness.

I love the theme of the book, but it is harder for me to relate to – partly because there are no characters in my age and maturity group, and partly because it is in a time before modern technologies. Also, with everything being told in the third person, it is hard for me to feel close to the characters – plus, it is a shorter novel.

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