This book treated many of the same subjects as the previous book, I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pauline Cleage, but the presentation is very different. It's a memoir rather than a novel, about the life of AIDS activist and educator Marvelyn Brown.
One of the things that it made me think about is who the mainstream listens to for different communities that are trying to lift themselves up. I don't believe it's a coincidence that Marvelyn is young, cisgendered and photogenic or that she contracted HIV through a monogamous, heterosexual relationship. Respectability politics are often at play here and I think that applies to Marvelyn Brown just as it once did to Rosa Parks. (That takes nothing away from these women's contributions to the struggle - it's an indictment of the audience, not the speakers.)
This was a quick and interesting read. If you're surprised to hear that African-Americans represent the largest growing group of new HIV infections than I suggest you read it. With that being said the book maintains a positive, upbeat tone throughout.
You can see my full review here.