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
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
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
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