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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Positively: Finding Hope Through Understanding

Our Featured Title this week is Positively by Courtney Sheinmel, and in her post, she talked about how her hopes for people living with HIV have grown and grown.

One powerful aspect of Courtney's book about 13-year-old Emmy, who's HIV-positive, is that it gives us a character who represents that experience. And isn't there always hope in finding a story that you can relate to?

So tell us, readergirlz, what people in your life, or books that you've read, have given you hope because you felt that they understood or spoke to what you were going through?

PS-Don't forget to read the Cover Story behind Courtney's gorgeous novel.


Little Willow said...

I find hope in a lot of stories, both real and fictional. I have found hope in many of the books we've named postergirlz recommended reads here at readergirlz, such as Swollen by Melissa Lion.

Melissa Walker said...

I loved THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, and read it just at the right time, when I lost my dad. I love the books that give us hope by making us feel less alone. V powerful.

Micol Ostow said...

Yes! Books are great for those times when you're not quite ready to confide in a friend, but need a little understanding.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

That's true, Micol. A book can minister to a heart before it is able to ask for help.