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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 chIn 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 lives have been touched by bullying.Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth…but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. It never prevented her from entering beauty pageants or playing soccer or making the honor role.On an unremarkable day in middle school, while attempting to console a friend, Paige disclosed her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. She was called "PAIDS," first in whispers, then out in the open. Her soccer coach joked that she was an asset because opposing team members would be too afraid to touch her. Her guidance counselor told her to stop all the “drama,” and her principal said she couldn’t protect her. One night, desperate for escape, Paige swallowed fifteen sleeping pills—one for each year of her life to date. That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. The gripping first-person account of Paige’s life will pull in even the most reluctant readers of nonfiction, and her call to action to choose compassion over cruelty will stay with them long after they turn the last page....

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Number of Pages : 259 Pages
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Positive: A Memoir Reviews

  • Katy Jane
    2018-12-02 19:49

    1. Every person in the world should read this. Especially anyone who works in a school or who attends school. 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/AIDS. It's a taboo subject where I live but it's important and needs to be talked about.4. Not one person in this world is alike, so why do we judge other people? Why do we bully? Why do we talk bad about one another?5. I cried twice while reading this book. Once when I realized that I didn't understand HIV/AIDS and had been judging the virus for so long. And another time when the nurse at Paige's high school had the brochures to help her understand HIV/AIDS.6. That's why I love reading so much. By just picking up a book, we can glean knowledge about the world around us that helps us change our views about certain things. There is no one in my life who openly has HIV/AIDS, but by reading Paige's story, I do now. She may not know me, but I know a little about her and she's helped me significantly. 7. I hope that some day the people at Clarkstown Middle School will feel remorse for their actions and apologize to Paige or at least let go of their hate.8. Paige's mom is seriously a rock star. I wonder what things she struggled with as an adult with HIV? 9. In the back Paige mentioned a sister. I'm confused about that. Is she a real sister? Because she was never mentioned in the book. Or is she just a sisterly friend? 10. There are so many wonderful resources in the back of the book that I hope people will take advantage of. 11. I'm so glad there are groups and camps for people affected by HIV/AIDS. It's inspiring. Especially since Camp Kindle was founded by someone who wasn't even personally affected by the virus.12. I'm happy that Paige found her happiness and is now fighting for other people. 13. Is she going to marry Andrew?14. I can't stop talking about this book to others. It's just completely amazing.15. If you liked this book check out the book, It Happened to Nancy.

  • Miss_Nelson
    2018-11-15 13:57

    Paige Rawl was born HIV positive. She contracted it from her mother who had contracted it from her father. Her father left them when she was little; they weren't really in contact until just before his death from AIDS.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 HIV positive or HIV negative?" Her mom knew it was time to tell her the truth, which she did.Paige entered middle school like any other kid, a little nervous and very excited. She made friends with another girl, Yasmine, and they were immediately inseparable. They just seemed to get each other. So, during the school's overnight lock-in, as they played games and enjoyed the fun of staying up all night, she didn't think twice about bringing up her HIV status as part of a conversation. Within minutes another student was telling someone not to share a drink with her because she had AIDS. Paige was shocked into silence. Yasmine, who was supposed to be her closest friend, had breached her trust and told. News spread fast and from that moment on, Paige was the target of bullies. Dubbed PAIDS, ridiculed in person, jeered and whispered at in the hallways, the subject of notes and graffiti. When she sought out the help of adults at her school, they told her to stop being such a drama queen, to just lie and tell everyone she wasn't HIV positive, to quit stirring up trouble because they had protected her as much as they could. Paige waded through the bullying and subsequent depression and eventually found solace in others who shared her story. She is a resilient, inspiring and courageous role model for anyone struggling with bullying--she is a role model for anyone! Including me :)As someone who works in a middle school, this book inspires me to be vigilant about what is going on between kids in my school. To do my very best to protect students and encourage and model the celebration of our differences. A quote from the book: Humans are afraid of what they don't understand. And we are at our absolute worst when we are afraid. The idea of not allowing ourselves to operate out of fear and challenge actions that seem to stem from fear of the unknown is a clear theme in this book and a good message for teens--for all of us. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been bullied or admits to bullying someone for being different, to anyone who wants to be inspired and challenged. Grades 6 and up.

  • Ruby Granger
    2018-11-26 15:51

    I especially liked Rawl's emphasis on the fact that it is not our fault when we are bullied. There is this wonderful passage near the end where she talks about the differences which each of us have and, unfortunately, sometimes hide. As this year's anti-bullying week slogan went: we are all different, all equal.

  • Kara Belden
    2018-12-08 21:42

    I can't wait to recommend this to all of my students on Book Talk Tuesday. This should be a required read in every high school. 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.

  • David
    2018-12-01 15:01

    It absolutely amazes me that such a young girl can write a book that is so important, so powerful and so inspirational. This is not your typical teenager being bullied, my life is horrible teenage novels that are being put churned out one after another. This book is authentic and the author, Paige Rawl, is so perceptive for her age. Her heart wrenching description of her struggle doesn't make her someone to be pitied, but is someone who should be celbrated and respected. There are so many wonderful words of wisdom in this book and the afterword alone gave me the chills. "If you're lucky enough not to understand what it is like to be surrounded by darkness, I'm telling you: someone near you needs kindness. They need it today. They need it desperately. Offer it. Sit with them awhile. Ask them questions. Get to know them. Then get to know them better. Share a bag of cheese puffs." In this world infected with selfies, self promotion, and fake digital friends I sure wish more people were less focused on themselves and were instead sharing more bags of cheese puffs.

  • Kris Patrick
    2018-12-10 20:06

    Here's what really worries me. 1. Many young people don't know the difference between being HIV+ and having AIDS 2. Many young people don't know who Ryan White was.

  • Bárbara
    2018-11-16 16:03

    No tengo palabras. Una historia muy conmovedora, que lo resulta aún más (y más desgarradora, si se quiere) por el hecho de que es algo real; más aún, algo con lo que mucha gente, sin importar las particularidades de sus experiencias, pueden identificarse. Es increíblemente inspiradora la experiencia de Paige, su capacidad de hacerle frente a las adversidades con tanta gracia y fortaleza. Ojalá muchas personas, muchas muchas tomen la iniciativa de leer este libro y desde el lugar que nos toca a cada uno, podamos hacer de este mundo un lugar un poco mejor cada día.

  • Kristina
    2018-11-18 19:38

    I feel like this is a great read for all students, all young people, all adults. It brings such an awareness of struggles that could potentially be hidden. 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.

  • Shayne Bauer
    2018-11-27 20:44

    This is a quick read with a powerful message. The writing is not that compelling, but there are definitely some profound statements from someone deeply affected by judgement throughout her life. 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, "... someone near you needs kindness." Such simple words that could lead to such potent impact if we all acted upon her message.

  • Gretchen Taylor
    2018-12-15 13:37

    Outstanding and important read for teens and teachers of adolescents. Great line reminds me of one of my core purposes as a teacher - "fighting for kids who would be easier to ignore."

  • Eden Grey
    2018-12-13 20:01

    Paige Rawl was born with HIV. As long as she can remember, Paige has taken medication at the same exact time, every single day. What makes that so different from taking insulin shots, using an inhaler, or covering up your eczema?, she wondered. At a middle school lock-in, Paige thought little of telling her best friend the truth about her condition. This trust and naive understanding of just how stigmatized some people can be would change her life forever. POSITIVE is a story for anyone who has ever been teased, bullied, or shamed. For anyone who has been taunted, beat up, and put down. Paige's story is one not only of hope, but of fighting for your own strength and never giving up or giving in. It is a story choosing to be positive in the face of constant torment. Paige faced bullying for the rest of her time in middle school, from other students, her soccer coach, and friends of the family. She was misunderstood and ignored by school counselors and administrators. Teachers made few efforts to understand or change her shift from straight-A student to struggling learner. Paige learned quickly not to trust adults, and told no one at home about her problems. Paige's struggle with bullying led to her leaving the public school and being homeschooled for a year. For an extroverted, crowd-loving girl, this was torture. After Paige's mother brought a lawsuit against the school for its inaction in the face of her being bullied, another layer of difficulty was added to the girl's life. When it got to be too much, Paige tried to make it all stop by taking 15 sleeping pills - one for each year of her life - and she nearly died. In readable, relatable, and touching prose Paige Rawl and Ali Benjamin share the story of a girl who chose to stand up for herself, and for others who have been bullied for being something they did not choose.The most powerful message in Paige's story is her realization that in order to stop the torment, she would have to change herself. You cannot change other people, but you can make the decision to change your own life, and your own future. And you can try to change the world. Paige made these decisions, became an advocate for youth with HIV and AIDS, and spoke out against bullying. She is still doing these things, and she has made quite an impact.The message that spoke to me the strongest from Paige's story is the way in which her school counselors and administrators not only did nothing to support her, they discredited her accounts of bullying and implied that Paige herself - simply born with HIV - was the root of the problems. As someone who works with kids and teens every single day, I feel it is my responsibility to protect these young people, to support them in every way I can, and to listen to what they have to say with compassion and understanding. When teachers, those responsible for the well-being and education of our nation's youth for 6 hours a day, do not fulfill these responsibilities I feel furious, saddened, and honestly not completely surprised. Paige is working to change that by advocating for laws that make schools and their employees more accountable for inaction and lack of support in cases of bullied students. POSITIVE is highly recommended for middle and high school students, for teachers and parents, for caretakers and guardians. The additional resources at the end of the book provide a great starting place for those wanting more information on bullying, what's being done to stop it, facts on HIV and AIDS, as well as where to go for support groups and crisis hotlines.

  • Chester Dean
    2018-11-17 20:05

    Paige Rawl no es una autora reconocida, no es actriz o cantante, no es una persona famosa, es simplemente una chica de 22 años que tuvo la mala fortuna de nacer con VIH+. Paige decidió escribir éste libro después de haber pasado toda una vida sufriendo acoso escolar por la mala información sobre el VIH y el SIDA.Paige nos cuenta su historia desde el inicio. Su padre contagió a su madre, y para cuando ella se enteró ya era demasiado tarde, la bebé también había sido contagiada. Pero ya que el diagnostico fue rápido, Paige (ni su madre) llegaron a tener SIDA al llevar siempre su tratamiento. La situación de Paige por muchos años fue un secreto hasta para ella misma, y en una pijamada escolar, decide confiarle ésta información a su mejor amiga sin pensar que se dedicaría a contarlo a toda la escuela. Y es así cómo comienza el acoso escolar. Le apodan PAIDS (AIDS es SIDA en Inglés) y ni los profesores, ni los directivos hacen nunca nada al respecto. Éste maltrato psicológico afectó de sobremanera a la joven Paige, y antes de resurgir como el Fénix de entre las cenizas, pasa por momentos muy oscuros.El libro a pesar de tener un mensaje muy bonito, es muy crudo. Como maestra no podía creer lo que estaba leyendo, ni la forma tan horripilante de un adulto de comportarse en una situación así. Los supuestos encargados de llevar un orden estaban igual o más desinformados que los alumnos. Paige pasa por situaciones que realmente me indignaron. Un maestro de educación física de plano le dijo que el hecho de que tuviera SIDA les ayudaría a ganar partidos de fútbol porque los demás jugadores tendrían miedo de acercarse a ella. Cosas de ese nivel y hasta peores nos cuenta Paige en el libro, y te llegas a cuestionar si el mundo realmente cuenta con el sentido común. Y es verdad que a pesar de vivir en una época casi futurista, que tenemos la información al alcance de nuestra mano, seguimos siendo muy ignorantes. Sin siquiera darnos cuenta tenemos prejuicios hacia enfermedades como el VIH y el SIDA, y además de prejuicios, sentimos miedo, pensando que por convivir con una persona con VIH o SIDA nos puede contagiar, y eso no es cierto. El libro deja un mensaje muy fuerte sobre estos prejuicios y miedos, te hace ver la enfermedad desde otro punto de vista. Es curioso que para Paige, los estragos más duros de la enfermedad fueron por la sociedad y no físicos. El simple hecho de tener VIH la convirtió en una marginada, cuando en teoría, se encontraba perfectamente de salud. Realmente recomiendo mucho leer éste libro, para ver la importancia de tratar a las personas por lo que son y no por nada más. A dejar de juzgar a las personas sin importar qué. Vale mucho la pena escuchar la historia de Paige.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-02 19:42

    I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this one. Powerful and inspiring! I kept doing the math while I was reading to remind myself that Paige is the age of some of my first students: I could have been her teacher! I hope that I, and our school community, would have shown more compassion than some of the adults she encountered. This is a must read for pre-teens, teens, and adults.

  • LunaticBookLover
    2018-12-02 16:07

    Meet Paige Rawl, an activist, speaker, and a woman who is using her HIV+ status to share with the world her message of love and acceptance. This is her memoir and her story on how her HIV+ status changed her life and how people treated her. It allows us to view how cruel the world can be, but also how this young woman was able to turn this into her strength. I sing nothing but praises for this book (except for the occasional confusing skips in dialogue, but that is easily over looked consider how wonderful it is)!This is a book I believe every teenager should read. This book made me understand how HIV and AIDS can affect people, and how they live in a world that is full of stigma and ignorance toward an illness they have no control over. This is a book I will always remember. Thank you Miss Rawl for sharing your inspiring story.

  • Sil
    2018-12-13 14:46

    TODO el mundo debería leer "Positiva". Es tan ameno y conmovedor, que te llega al corazón de verdad mientras las páginas pasan y pasan (en serio, yo leo lento y si encima estoy pasada de sueño imaginen, pero avanzaba a pasos agigantados y me costaba dejarlo). Celebrás, te emocionás, te indignás y querés cambiar las cosas, eso es lo mejor. Reseña completa en Real or not real Books

  • Amber
    2018-11-23 19:00

    I think every teacher and student should read this book. It is an eye opening look at bullying. Not only does it provide insight into how a victim feels, it also offers hope for how to overcome it.

  • Leah D'Silva
    2018-12-12 19:57

    4.5 stars.

  • Maryann
    2018-12-06 18:54

    I can't say enough good about this book. I really loved it. I was hesitant about purchasing it for the high school because it was about HIV. Boy am I glad I did! This is not a book just about HIV, it is a book about a wonderful, strong, wise young lady, about bullying, about friend making a difference, about a strong supportive parent, oh, and also HIV. Paige's voice rings strong and true in this book as she takes you on a journey of her life with HIV. I learned things I never knew about HIV when I read the book. Unfortunatly, the bullying part, I already knew about. She addresses it head on. Here is a quote from her book, very abrieviated. "What is this thing we do, I wonder, this all-too-common human tendency to attack other people.....I don't know. I don't expect to ever know. I just know it has to stop."

  • Rita Shaffer
    2018-11-24 19:05

    Powerful! All educators should read this book! Miss Rawl is a strong young lady whose story can help many students.

  • Gabriela Chinchayán valdivieso
    2018-11-26 17:56

    3.5que bonita historia, he aprendido un montón sobre el VIH y sobretodo el poder de Paige para salir adelante y dejar una huella en el mundo

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2018-11-17 18:50

    Positive was a story that I didn’t expect to affect me as much as it did. The story hurt but it loved as well, and the strength this girl inevitable found was so inspiring. Positive is a memoir about Paige Rawl’s life growing up, you may not have heard of her, but you will or you should definitely take the time out of your day to learn about her story. With the help of Ali Benjamin, the duo wrote an inspiring story that really opened my eyes.So Positive follows the life of Paige Rawl, a girl who was unfortunately born with the HIV virus. The virus never stopped Paige from being herself, she never wanted to become the virus, and she just wanted to be young and free. When Paige exposed her secret to her best friend within minutes the entire school had heard. Without surprise the tormenting started to begin; they called her PAIDS, wrote nasty letters for her locker, wouldn’t touch anything after her, and were just completely cruel. And it wasn’t just the students, the teachers weren’t the most helpful either, but this is Paige’s story to tell, you need to read it.This book really made me mad though, and not at the story or the girl but everyone around her. The teachers didn’t do a thing to help make the bullying stop, there was even a teacher that got a little too nosey, in which I wanted to punch that nose. But what I hated the most was all the excuses everyone made, no one manned up and was like “hey I was wrong, sorry about that” at least we could expect that from the adults in her life. I’m so tired for people making excuses for children, “oh they’re just kids what do you expect?” Uhh I expect them to treat anyone with the respect they deserve. Our children are taught hate; it’s not embedded in us to come out in the future, they are taught to be cruel or mean. Why aren’t we teaching kids at a young age that this stuff is horrible, that you can’t just say things like that, you can’t just push someone around and blame it on “just being a kid”? Just because she was born with something doesn’t give you an invitation to be cruel, just because that girl over there is wearing a short skirt she isn’t asking for it. And for the adults in her life to fall so flat and give her no hope just crushed my soul.This book was something that completely took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it so much and be filled with such anger afterwards. I know when I have kids; this will be something they’ll read. They’ll need to know that just because something is different on the inside or the out, they are still a human being and deserved to be treated as one. They’ll know all the horrible ramifications for bullying, they’ll also be taught that being cruel is a weakness in others and if they are at the end of bullying that they’ll overcome it, they won’t have to deal with these people their entire life. I really hope to see this book in schools in the future. I hope her story is taught, because there are so many young children choosing suicide as the answer to end the hurt they are feeling. Please read this book, please have your children read this, give Paige Rawl the support, she deserves it.Positive was a story that I didn’t expect to affect me as much as it did. The story hurt but it loved as well, and the strength this girl inevitable found was so inspiring. Positive is a memoir about Paige Rawl’s life growing up, you may not have heard of her, but you will or you should definitely take the time out of your day to learn about her story. With the help of Ali Benjamin, the duo wrote an inspiring story that really opened my eyes.So Positive follows the life of Paige Rawl, a girl who was unfortunately born with the HIV virus. The virus never stopped Paige from being herself, she never wanted to become the virus, and she just wanted to be young and free. When Paige exposed her secret to her best friend within minutes the entire school had heard. Without surprise the tormenting started to begin; they called her PAIDS, wrote nasty letters for her locker, wouldn’t touch anything after her, and were just completely cruel. And it wasn’t just the students, the teachers weren’t the most helpful either, but this is Paige’s story to tell, you need to read it.This book really made me mad though, and not at the story or the girl but everyone around her. The teachers didn’t do a thing to help make the bullying stop, there was even a teacher that got a little too nosey, in which I wanted to punch that nose. But what I hated the most was all the excuses everyone made, no one manned up and was like “hey I was wrong, sorry about that” at least we could expect that from the adults in her life. I’m so tired for people making excuses for children, “oh they’re just kids what do you expect?” Uhh I expect them to treat anyone with the respect they deserve. Our children are taught hate; it’s not embedded in us to come out in the future, they are taught to be cruel or mean. Why aren’t we teaching kids at a young age that this stuff is horrible, that you can’t just say things like that, you can’t just push someone around and blame it on “just being a kid”? Just because she was born with something doesn’t give you an invitation to be cruel, just because that girl over there is wearing a short skirt she isn’t asking for it. And for the adults in her life to fall so flat and give her no hope just crushed my soul.This book was something that completely took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it so much and be filled with such anger afterwards. I know when I have kids; this will be something they’ll read. They’ll need to know that just because something is different on the inside or the out, they are still a human being and deserved to be treated as one. They’ll know all the horrible ramifications for bullying, they’ll also be taught that being cruel is a weakness in others and if they are at the end of bullying that they’ll overcome it, they won’t have to deal with these people their entire life. I really hope to see this book in schools in the future. I hope her story is taught, because there are so many young children choosing suicide as the answer to end the hurt they are feeling. Please read this book, please have your children read this, give Paige Rawl the support, she deserves it. - Shannon

  • Madison Taylor
    2018-11-18 21:56

    I personally really liked the book. It was about a girl who was born with HIV, and about her struggles as a middle schooler/high schooler. It is really inspiring, and it has a lot of meanings within the book. Such as to be yourself openly, and not to worry about what people think. Paige has been through a lot, and it obviously tells in the book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who needs inspiration, and anyone who likes a "coming of age" memior

  • Gabby
    2018-11-23 20:54

    "Maybe being broken helps you become a better person."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 people who put her through so much, but I admired Paige's strength and will to go forward so much. It is unbelievable the things these people put her through. It wasn't just the middle school students and her peers, but the adults who were counselors and coaches should know better. I was literally fuming when I read about; like the counselor calling it "drama" and telling her to deny having HIV, and the soccer coach saying they could use her disability to benefit the team, it is absolutely disgusting. Paige's story is so eye-opening and inspiring.I completely relate to everything Paige has written about getting bullied and being mistreated. I just started college and am about the same age as Paige and I can't even imagine all the pain and hurt that she has been through. You always think you had it bad until you read someone else's story and think wow I should be grateful. The way she describes feeling in middle school was spot on. She says "I was starting to feel frozen in place, that I was starting to dread school-that everyday, my stomach hurt as I got ready." I had the same experience with not wanting to go to school, and middle school was the absolute worst. Nobody is prepared for the amount of changing you go through in middle school, and I think everyone experiences bullying at some point in school. (Which is really sad.) But I totally get it. I hated going to middle school and high school because of my peers and not wanting to deal with them. Paige experienced such extreme hate, and it's unimaginable to think about going through that. I can't imagine feeling so alone, when not even the counselor has the decency to make sure you are okay. I also relate because I experienced losing a best friend at the beginning of high school who I was extremely close with my whole life. I understand the pain and hurt of losing a best friend and acting like complete strangers around one another.I truly admire Paige for the way she handled the bullying because she was the bigger person. I literally yelled "What the hell?!" at some parts because I couldn't believe the ruthless behavior of these people and the cruelty. I wanted to throw the book across the room because I was so upset over these people's actions, but I admire the way Paige handled it so gracefully and has a positive outlook on life. I was so moved by this story, and I'm so happy to own a copy of this book. I am convincing my sister and my Mom to read it because her story deserves to be heard, and it's really inspiring. Even though it got really depressing at some points, sometimes you have to be broken to see the bigger picture and become a better person. "Each day has the potential of being your best day. You decide what each day will bring." I love this message that is continuous throughout the whole story, that you decide to let people get under your skin, and you decide to have a great day, because I think that is something we are taught a little too late in life. I didn't have that realization until my senior year of high school. That I am the one who has the power to let people affect me. It's amazing when you discover that you have the power to save yourself.Overall, this book will stick with me forever. It is easily the most powerful memoir I have ever read, and it's something special to me. I will never forget Paige's story.

  • Antonella Ϟ
    2018-11-21 14:04

    La historia de Paige te transmite mucho. Te emociona, te hace reír , te enoja y te indigna. Te abre los ojos. Es una historia de lucha contra la violencia y maldad de los seres humanos. La historia de una chica que nació con VIH y tuvo que soportar acoso escolar por algo que ella no podía cambiar de sí misma.Una autobiografía que te invita a reflexionar y notar lo que sucede a tu alrededor sin que te des cuenta.Reseña completa en el blog próximamente.

  • Mia Tilley
    2018-12-01 20:50

    Positive is a great book. It's about a girl named Paige Rawl and she was born with HIV, she got it from her mother, and her mother got it from her father. Paige grew up not knowing she had this because she thought going to the hospital all the time and taking a pill was normal for a young girl. But when she finds out what she really has, she tells her best friend Yasmine, expecting she can trust her. Yasmine ends up telling a ton of people and there's a ton of drama, and people start treating Paige differently. Paige gets called a ton of names and gets bullied, and she tries to go to her Guidence councilor. But her councilor says it's just all drama, and that she needs to stop causing trouble. When Paige goes to her councilor she says, "Paige," she said. "I think this is enough drama, don't you?" Her words were so different from what I thought they would be for that moment I didn't understand what she was saying. She must have thought it was obvious, though, because she did not offer any more explanation" (Rawl 95). Paige goes through a lot throughout this book and its a nice read because you feel like you're cheering her on during her worst times. I definitely recommend this book to all readers!

  • Sophia
    2018-11-26 15:06

    Beautiful. Beautiful. Simply inspiring. That's what this book was. It was about being able to move on from the past, and about accepting people as they are. 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 message was really inspiring to me, and I was infuriated by some of the teachers' responses to Paige's HIV status. She went through struggles and came out strong. I loved this book so much and will definitely lend it to everyone I know. I'm inspired to make a change for anyone being bullied. Totally recommend. :)"If we can let ourselves, all of us, be united by the simple fact of having a difference, we will be bigger and stronger and more powerful than anyone who might otherwise make us feel small."

  • michelle lise
    2018-11-19 15:44

    I quite enjoyed this. Paige Rawl's memoir is a deeply moving yet very fast paced, quick read. 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 world, regardless of my current situation, age, gender, health, or any other perceived limitations. That in itself is a beautiful thing.I really liked the incorporation of photographs, mostly of Paige with her friends and family. It gives the reader a sense of knowing the writer on a more personal level. I have to admit that I did have high expectations of this book due to lots of hype and popularity. I didn't get totally absorbed into the story right off the bat, however, I did read through the book very quickly and enjoyed every minute of it. :)

  • Ava Menachery
    2018-11-30 19:48

    This book is truly amazing because it is so inspiring to kids who get bullied for something they can't control. It also shows what this world has come to. If they can't control it, why are they being bullied for it. I'm not saying that bullying someone because they can change it is any better, but even worse if the person is unable to do anything. This book shows adults especially truly how mean kids can be to each other. You wouldn't think that a disease such as HIV is a typical bullying target, which also makes this book so much more special. The idea in this book that shocked me most was that Paige's teachers were not willing to listen to her issues or help her in anyway. This is extremely bad for a kid being bullied in school because it makes them feel as if they have no voice or way to stand up to their bullies. Overall, this book was very inspirational and moving, but I also think it covered a lot of information on bullying that you don't really know unless you experience it.

  • Monica
    2018-12-07 16:51

    Paige Rawl is incredibly inspirational, and her story is sure to touch anyone that reads it. I had some similar experiences when I was young, which is why I picked up this book. I have a blood condition that causes my immune system to attack my own red blood cells, causing my white blood cells to be overworked and bad at chasing off infection. I used to be bullied so much for being sick, and every time I ended up in the hospital no one visited or called besides my own parents. People will always be afraid of what they don't understand, and our evolutionary instincts tell us to shun those who are seriously ill in order to keep the rest of the group healthy. Knowledge is the only way to stop this behavior, and I applaud Rawl for writing this book and helping to inform people worldwide about the facts behind HIV/AIDS.

  • Jon
    2018-11-29 15:53

    Seen at Bookish Antics! 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, Rawl retells her life story in such a personal and conversational way. This is a book that people of all ages need to read and Positive is truly a worthy, inspiring memoir that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.