Genres: Non-Fiction, Drama, Diary
Publication Date: March 1994
Synopsis: Nancy was an innocent fourteen-year-old when she fell in love for the very first time. Collin was a dream come true–a handsome college student, and he made her trust him completely. Then he date-raped her and left her–infected with the HIV virus. (source: Goodreads)
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“I’m just an empty box of loneliness”
It’s hard to review something which is a “real” diary and therefore not to be held to the standard of usual fiction. The quotation marks are there because the reality of Beatrice Sparks edited diaries is often questioned. They all tend to have a similar feel and end on very convenient notes.
Whatever the case is I’ll only talk about it’s educational and entertainment value. The portion at the back actual contains some fairly useful information on HIV/AIDS and it’s effects. The actual book does delve into illness but because “Nancy” is a special case with a low immune system things happen at a much faster and more devastating rate than they usually do.
It wasn’t as exciting as some of the other diaries in the same line. Nancy’s life is fairly normal (other than AIDS) so not much of consequence happens when she isn’t with the doctor or suffering from her disease. It did awaken the hypochondriac within me though, and I think I enjoyed it a little less for that.