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Positive by Page Rawl

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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 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.

Goodreads Summary

If you were born with something terrible inside you, would you be able to handle life knowing that terrible situation was not caused by you. It isn't fair to a child to have them born with a disease. They never got the chance to make a choice and they have to live with the bad decision of someone else. Paige's life story is exactly the same. She was born with a positive HIV status and because of this, her life is not fair.

I loved every second of this gripping and thrilling novel. You get a true feel for Paige and the struggles that she faces as she pushes through her diagnosis and how to deal with it. There is so much pain that she struggles through and the author does an amazing job with the descriptions. It must have been difficult dealing with a punishment you received before you existed on this planet. It was nice hearing about Paige's childhood but sad at the same time because of all the ridicule she faced growing up. If you like reading about sad but true situations, this book is right up your alley.

5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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