Positively

Positively

by Courtney Sheinmel
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Positively 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Emerson Price has had a tough life so far. When she was young, her mother got sick from HIV, which eventually turned into AIDS. Then Emmy's mother and father found out that Emmy had it, too. She got it while her mother was pregnant with her. Emerson is now 13 and her mother has just died from AIDS. She was always okay with having HIV when her mother was alive, because her mom knew what it was like. Her father never understood and he ended up divorcing Emmy's mother because the stress was just too much. Now, her father is re-married to a woman named Meg, and she's pregnant. Since Emmy's mother is no longer there, she has to go live with her father - and Emmy doesn't know what to think about it. She just wants her mother back, that's all. She feels like she can't trust anyone to be her real friend. She thinks that everyone just feels sorry for the sick girl. Now that her mother is gone, she feels like her best friend is just hanging out with her because she pities her, which is not the case at all. So Emmy starts to push her away. When things start getting worse her stepmother, Meg, finds out about a camp called Camp Positive. It is a camp for kids who are HIV positive. Emmy's father makes her go, even though it's the last thing that she wants to do. She has every intention of not opening up to anyone at the camp. But when she arrives there she meets a girl named Whitney who she ends up having a connection with. Soon, Emmy starts to open up because of Whitney and actually lets some emotion out. POSITIVELY was such a heart-wrenching story. The whole time I couldn't help but feel bad for Emerson. I couldn't even begin to imagine what living with HIV would be like, especially when you're that young and have just lost your mother. I didn't even think she'd really give Camp Positive a chance at all, but was surprised to find out that she actually made a friend there. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes sad but in the end uplifting stories. This really was a great read and a page-turner. It is also based off the author's experience with the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation, so that makes this book even more real to me.
Carrielink More than 1 year ago
Courtney Sheinmel succeeds at taking a hard to talk about subject, living with being HIV-positive, and written a highly readable book suitable for all ages. As a mother of two teenagers I found it pitch perfect, and I learned a lot, too! Her portrayal of a teenager dealing with not only the grief of losing her mother to AIDS, but dealing with her own uncertain health, is dealt with honestly, realistically, yet never depressingly.
James Cutler More than 1 year ago
so inspiring and really taking you into someones life
A. Nonny Mouse More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I didn't think I would like this book. Boy, was I ever wrong! Emmy is such an inspiring character. this book carries a strong message about the power of hope and POSITIVE thinking!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i totally reccommened getting this book. Great for girls 11 and up. Its awesome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoultely adore this book it is very emotinal and makes me shed a tear this book taught me a lot such as being thankful please read this book i love u courtney sheinmel my favorite author
Katie Korosec More than 1 year ago
best book ever....it was really good, one minute i was laughing and the next i was close to tears...must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite middle-grade writers. another absorbing, beautifully rendered story.
michelle_oneil More than 1 year ago
The universal theme of feeling like an outsider is amplified for the main character in this book. Teenager Emmy is HIV positive and her mom just died from AIDS. Author Courtney Sheinmel tackles the issue of mother loss, and what it is like to be carrying a virus in your body that causes you to feel like you might be next. She gets inside the main character Emmy, exploring the very real issues kids with HIV face, from "will anyone ever want to kiss me?" to "will I even be able to grow up?" When I was a teen, AIDS awareness was everywhere. People were dying in large numbers. The AIDS quilt was actively making it's way around the country honoring lives lost. Today, thankfully, people are living longer with the disease but HIV awareness does not seem to be as prevalent. Sheinmel weaves Emmy's story around facts about AIDS. It is both poignant, and educational. Her writing reminds me of the Judy Blume books I grew up reading, with characters so honest you empathize with them and wind up loving them, despite their flaws.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it Almost close.to tears
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I have never read this book, and I know you are probably thinking I'm a weirdo for writing a five-star review for a book I've never read, but will SOMEBODY tell me what the heck is HIV Positive and AIDS?? And I know their diseases, I just wanna know what KIND of disease. BTW, I'm a ten year old, albeit a ten year old genius girl, but still! Please reply! From the Sociopathical Child
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Emmys friend us named whitney so am i my namd is whitney lollis notice my first name cool
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preet21 More than 1 year ago
i dont know if i should read this book i have seen the reveiws and they lookpretty positive feedbsk pls!!! thx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. It kept you on the edge, dieing to know what will happen next. You go through Emmy's journey of grieving the loss of her mother, the only one who understood how it was like to have aids. I seriously recommend reading this book!