Author: Piage Rawl, Ali Benjamin
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Goodreads: 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 middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. From that moment forward, every day was like walking through a minefield. Paige was never sure when or from where the next text, taunt, or hateful message would come. Then one night, desperate for escape, fifteen-year-old Paige found herself in her bathroom staring at a bottle of sleeping pills.
That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Paige’s memoir calls for readers to choose action over complacency, compassion over cruelty—and above all, to be Positive.
Includes twenty-five photos from Paige’s personal collection throughout.
Ope’s Opinion: Before I start this review, you should know I am not a big reader of memoirs. I have read several books about HIV and teens – I did not realize the bullying and isolation were still happening today. I would have thought by now with all the information that is out there, people would not be so misinformed.
Paige’s voice in this book was clear and informative. She was not whiney even though she was dealing with a lot of difficult situations. I actually thought she was very mature for her age. It was great to see Paige use her illness and hard lessons for good.
Being positive is a theme in this book. Even though Paige is HIV positive, she tried to have a positive attitude. Paige wants us to look at life from a positive perspective. I think she also wants others to treat everyone in a positive manner.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.