Positively, by Courtney Sheinmel



Emmy Price, thirteen, is learning to navigate life after her mother’s death from AIDS.  On top of school, boys, moving to her father’s house, and learning to deal with her stepmother, Emmy also has to live with the fact she herself is HIV positive, and has been since birth.  Emmy not only learns a lot about her father and stepmother, she learns to make sense of her life, and how other people can fit into the space once taken up by her mother without displacing what she and her mother had.  The author does a wonderful job of making Emmy seem like someone you know, and the characters and situations are very believable.  Sheinmel has done extensive work for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and her insight into both the lives of teens and those with HIV/AIDS makes Positively a wonderful, believable journey.  The story, the characters, and the positive message stay with you long after you finish the book.


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