I found Night Kites in the teenage fiction section of a local mobile library. It was the very pleasant cover design that caught my eye and then the blurb which mentions AIDS.
the story is about the relations of a teenage boy (Ricky) with his peers. He is a typical American youth, interested in girls and having a good time, his older brother is ‘Gay’ and has AIDS. This character and the parents – who react badly to the annunciation of the illness – are cliched.
Night Kites will not revolutionise the public’s view of Gay people, AIDS or sex. Indeed, it reinforces some of the stigmas, however, the fact that a work of fiction on this subject is in a mobile library, on the teenage readers’ shelves is a sign of hope in itself.