Journalist Tim Murphy interviewed Lucas Rocha on his engrossing debut novel Where We Go From Here, a moving and honest portrayal of three gay young adults in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV.
Where We Go From Here
By Lucas Rocha
Published by Scholastic, Inc.
Ian thinks his life is about to turn upside when he tests positive for HIV, and that is when he meets Victor, who has just tested negative. Victor is only at the clinic that day because of Henrique, who did not disclose his HIV status until after they had sex. Though Victor feels betrayed, he offers to put a fragile Ian in touch with Henrique, hoping that perhaps Henrique can help Ian navigate his new life. In the process, the lives of Ian, Victor, and Henrique will become intertwined in a story of friendship, love, and stigma—a story about hitting what you think is rock bottom, but finding the courage and support to keep moving forward. Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this utterly engrossing debut by Brazilian author Lucas Rocha calls back to Alex Sanchez’s Rainbow Boys series, bringing attention to how far we’ve come with HIV, while shining a harsh light on just how far we have yet to go.