France does not like to see it described as an AIDS documentary, which inevitably sounds like something of a downer.
But the book is definitely not a downer filled with sob stories and all doom and gloom.
If you find that passage as much of a downer as I did, well, Cheer up, Charlie.
downer down·er (dou'nər)
A depressant or sedative drug, such as a barbiturate or tranquilizer.