Positive: A Memoir
An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply.
Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. On an unremarkable day in...more
2.- YES!! It is totally appropriate, I highly encourage you to share it. breath taking story!…more1.- YES!! At least a couple of tears, but it is amazing.
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In this compelling and compulsively readable memoir, nineteen-year-old Paige Rawl tells the story of how she was mercilessly bullied in middle school...and how she overcame the ordeal to change her world for the better.
In this astonishing memoir, Paige tells a story that is both deeply personal and completely universal—one that will resonate deeply with the thousands of children and adults whose l ...more
2. This completely changed my view of HIV/AIDS and bullying. I've always been an empathetic person, but this book gave me another push.
3. Now I want to change the world. I've already been brainstorming things I could do for the school system in my town. I'm a teen librarian and hear what the kids in my programs talk about and what makes them hurt. I also want to educate my town on HIV/AI ...more
For most of her childhood, Paige didn't know she was HIV positive. She just knew she and her mom had to take some yucky medicine everyday. She remembers overhearing a conversation between her mother and doctor and hearing the term HIV. When she got home, she asked her mom, "Am I HI ...more
Though this book's intended audience is obviously YA, regardless of age, I'm going to recommend this book to every person who will listen to me talk about it.
The writing is ok, but the messages surpass that.
Woody Swear scale-very few. And those used were used by two characters and for good reason. So, this would be manageable.
POSITIVE is a story for anyone who has ...more
I admired Paige's mother's relentless efforts to fulfill her parental duty of keeping her daughter safe and happy--which seemed impossible at times. These two women fought a losing battle for many years.
The author's afterword is actually the most influential section in the book. Rawl writes, "... someon ...more
It has the benefit of reading so much more smoothly and is a lot more captivating than a lot of memoirs of young people (defined by my unscientific metric as being noticeably younger than me) who tend to maybe have a dramatic or interesting life story, without necessarily a lot of life experience. Paige Rawl seems to have both the stor ...more
So Positive follows the life of Paige Rawl, a girl who ...more
I had the honor of winning and ARC of this book, and it was incredible. I finished it in one sitting because it was so inspiring.
Wow, this is one of those books that you will never forget. It makes you feel every single emotion. I cried a lot because I could feel her pain and this book was written so well and beautifully. Paige has an amazing way with words, and I truly feel connected to her through this story. I was absolutely furious at the ...more
Bullying and teasing soon followed after this. When Paige went to the school co ...more
I would, without a doubt, recommend "Positive" to just about anyone who is in middle school or high school, or to anyone who works with children/teens.
Paige's story seemed to ignite a spark inside of me - a spark that was unfortunately quite dim prior to reading. This 'spark' instills a feeling of self confidence and self belief in the core of my being. It inspires me to go out and make my mark on the ...more
Paige Rawl was at a school slumber party with one of her best friends, Yasmine. Paige tells her about her HIV+ status and later finds out that Yasmine has spread it across the school. She is called PAIDS and suffers bullying constantly. This memoir was about her journey staying positive and finding friends that accept her as she is. The mess ...more
I don’t usually read non-fiction books, but Positive still managed to be an extremely important, informative read for me. I learned more about the HIV virus and AIDs, something that I had very little knowledge of prior to reading this book. There are so many misconceptions about AIDs and Positive is a moving, poignant memoir that will shed light on a very relevant and often misunderstood topic. Though Positive doesn’t flow well initially and goes on a few random tangents, ...more
I really loved how positive the author managed to be. Despite the odds that were against her she prevailed in the end. No matter what stood against her,she ove ...more