Review – Positive by Paige Rawl

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January 10, 2017 by ceresbooksworld



Positive by Paige Rawl

Publisher : Harper Collins

Publication date: August 26th, 2014

Source : Hardcover

Rating : 5 hearts





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.


It was a long time since a book had me so upset, in Positive we follows the story of Paige at several moments of her childhood and adolescence. These are the memories of Paige who is HIV-positive and tells us the harassment that she experienced when she discovers her HIV-positive status and that she has the misfortune to confide in.

I was outraged by the behavior of some people, I can still forgive children for having a hate reaction, because children can be mean to each other, but nevertheless I think these children have really been poorly educated. I can explain, we can be afraid of a disease that we don’t know, we can have false ideas but to insult another child, who has do nothing to deserve it and who suffers even more because It is her own life that is at stake, I find it shameful. I think parents have a big role to play in their child’s learning and especially in their behavior.

What made me angry is how the teachers of Paige treat her, I really find it shameful, no one defends her, they even sticks the nail by asking her to lie. None of them think of the consequences of their actions on this child who must already live with the hatred of her comrades.

I loved Paige, she has a fairly impressive strength of character for a girl her age and quite frankly I’m under the spell. Paige isn’t discouraged easily, she continues to have her activities even though it’s hard for her to hear the wickedness of her comrades all day long. She goes through a stage where she no longer wants to fight but ultimately thanks to her mother she regains confidence in her. She also discovers that she isn’t alone in this situation and is now doing everything she can to help people like her.

I am in admiration before a young woman so strong who has endured all this without giving up the arms with the unconditional love of her mother. Paige Rawl is an extraordinary woman and as a mother, I can tell you that we would all like to have such a great girl.

Positive is well written, we feel all sorts of emotions, rage, compassion, admiration and many others. This is a book that doesn’t leave you indifferent that Paige Rawl is actually experienced all this proves how bad our world is going.

This book is a nugget, a book to put in all hands and to make your teenagers read so that they become aware of the things that surround them and it should be read in classes.


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