The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive

The Naked Truth Young Beautiful and HIV Positive The surprisingly hopeful story of how a straight nonpromiscuous everyday girl contracted HIV and how she manages to stay upbeat inspired and positive about life than ever beforeAt nineteen years o

  • Title: The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive
  • Author: Marvelyn Brown Courtney E. Martin
  • ISBN: 9780061562396
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • The surprisingly hopeful story of how a straight, nonpromiscuous, everyday girl contracted HIV and how she manages to stay upbeat, inspired, and positive about life than ever beforeAt nineteen years of age, Marvelyn Brown was lying in a stark white hospital bed at Tennessee Christian Medical Center, feeling hopeless A former top track and basketball athlete, she wasThe surprisingly hopeful story of how a straight, nonpromiscuous, everyday girl contracted HIV and how she manages to stay upbeat, inspired, and positive about life than ever beforeAt nineteen years of age, Marvelyn Brown was lying in a stark white hospital bed at Tennessee Christian Medical Center, feeling hopeless A former top track and basketball athlete, she was in the best shape of her life, but she was battling a sudden illness in the intensive care unit Doctors had no idea what was going on It never occurred to Brown that she might be HIV positive.Having unprotected sex with her Prince Charming had set into swift motion a set of circumstances that not only landed her in the fight of her life, but also alienated her from her community Rather than give up, however, Brown found a reason to fight and a reason to live.The Naked Truth is an inspirational memoir that shares how an everyday teen refused to give up on herself, even as others would forsake her More, it s a cautionary tale that every parent, guidance counselor, and young adult should read.

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    1. This memoir is written by a 24-year-old woman who is HIV positive. I was SHOCKED to learn that in 2003 in the United States, when the author was 19 years old and discovered she was HIV positive, she was unaware that HIV was a sexually transmitted disease. How on earth does that happen? I was just so shocked by that. I'm determined to make sure my nieces, nephews and cousins know what's what.The rest of Marvelyn Brown's story quite interesting as well and serves as a testament to the power of fai [...]

    2. Although I am not quite done with this book, I really like it. Although I know no one with this, I feel empathy for what this woman has to go through on a daily basis. To be honest, every young wannabe man, wannabe woman, boy, , anyone who can read and reading urban lit, NEED to read this book. No ifs, no ands, no buts.

    3. I didn't expect to get so drawn in to this autobiography of Marvelyn Brown, a beautiful black woman who at nineteen was diagnosed with HIV. She succinctly describes her life growing up, how she was more tomboy than academic and how her mother favored her younger sister over her. Then, as sexual encounters increased and she "fell in love" she then became sick and spent two weeks in the hospital in the 1990s where she was then diagnosed. At that point, HIV wasn't discussed much, especially in sex [...]

    4. I can see the value in this book for YAs, but that didn't make me ever warm up to the subject of the memoir. It is worthwhile to get the message out there to heterosexual young people that HIV doesn't discriminate; but I didn't enjoy Marvelyn Brown's voice and some of her attitudes.

    5. ​Title: The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) PositiveAuthor: Marvelyn BrownGenre: Nonfiction, memoir Setting: Most of the book is set in Tennessee, but parts in other places, from New York City, to Jamaica, to Hollywood, to South Africa. Although it's clear that Marvelyn is working hard to survive and educate others and her life as an HIV activist does not seem to me at all glamorous.Reason for Reading: Last fall my sweetheart and I found a few boxes of free books on the side of the st [...]

    6. I enjoyed this book. The first night that I purchased it I stayed up late to read 11 chapters. I was fascinated by the authors story about the poor choices that lead to her HIV positive status and the road to how she got there. I also enjoyed learning what life is like for someone who is living and loving while positive. Now, with that said, I did, however, find myself being upset with her. Although she was positive she continued to make poor choices (the girl was having more sex HIV positive th [...]

    7. I made all my nieces and nephews and any other person that I could read this book. So many people (including the author) think that it will never happen to them or worst yet, don't think at all! Uh, well it did. It's so important to educate, educate, and educate some more! Having said that, I really feel that Miss Brown didn't fully appreciate the gravity of her situation. She just came across as being rather shallow. To be fair, she is rather young but her demeanor was a turn-off. Overall, I th [...]

    8. Honest portrayal of a girl who is infected with HIV. Spoiler alert: the guy who gave it to her knew he had it but did not tell her before they had sex. She talks about how little people in her TN town knew about AIDS. When people found out she had HIV, she talks about the true friends who were on her side and the ones who treated her poorly. From having drinks splashed in her face to be criticized for glamourizing the illness, she talks about her daily life dealing with HIV. She is not always co [...]

    9. Marvelyn Brown is a HIV & AIDS activist educating others with her story of learning she was HIV positive. I really enjoyed Marvelyn's book and hearing her story in her own words. She was so relatable, craving the same attention and love we all do for various reasons. I appreciated her candid and honest storytelling. She is a symbol of unending hope and discovery. I highly recommend her book.

    10. This is an important book. Marvelyn Brown's story of how she contracted HIV is heartbreaking, but the message is hopeful and motivating. This is a must read for teens, who make up the largest percentage of new HIV cases in the US. Check it out!

    11. This is the tale of Marvelyn Brown, a young woman who discovers she has HIV at the age of 19. The story takes us through her young life as a child and basketball star through to when she drops out of college and pursues a temporary career in sales until her status as HIV positive is revealed during a stay at the hospital. This is the tale of a beautiful, strong woman who makes a name and a life for herself while living with this disease.Brown writes her story masterfully, following the typical m [...]

    12. This was an engaging memoir about a young lady who discovered at the age of 19 that she had been infected with HIV. The author spent a lot of time describing her difficult childhood, perhaps in an attempt to explain where she was coming from in her approach to life and adulthood. Her mother was a strict disciplinarian who expected a lot from Marvelyn and her sister. Her father, who was a big part of her early childhood life, was a drug addict, unbeknownst to her at the time. Eventually, he and h [...]

    13. Marvelyn Brown's writing techniques in her memoir, "The Naked Truth", reveal a compelling and personal story, guiding the reader through the emotional trauma of contracting HIV. The memoir begins in her junior year of highshool. Brown is able to recount these past events and periodically foreshadow what may happen to her in the years following. Her "desperate need for love and affection" and "naïve personality" led her to blindly walk into relationships with men, knowing it was never more than [...]

    14. I choose to read “The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive” by Marvelyn Brown out of curiosity. I looked at the cover of the book and saw a beautiful young woman who just look normal. I turned the book over and read the back text. At that moment I said this young lady has a story to be told, so I will read this book from beginning to end. I can say for myself that this book is a good read, I would tell another person to read this book because it honestly opens up your eyes to [...]

    15. Somtimes the truth hurts The Naked Truth is a beautifully written memoir. Not only is it gripping in its honesty, but it is also an eye opener which exposes the outstanding misconceptions regarding HIV/AIDS. Marvelyn is capable of telling her story, her way. It is completely straightforward and no aspects of her trying life are sugar coated for us readers. As you read on through each raw and unscripted chapter, you will become emotionally attached to Marvelyn, as if she is someone you have know [...]

    16. Book Review: The Naked TruthThe Naked Truth is an autobiography written by Marvelyn Brown. The book provides insights on her life, and the struggles she’s been through. The book was an enjoyable read. Being a teenager, I was able to relate to her stories in a way that I couldn’t in other books designed for young adults. She talks about high school drama, relationships, sex, family problems, partying and internal conflicts. All of which teenagers and young adults go through and can relate to. [...]

    17. I'd wanted to read this one for a while and the wait was worth it. An inspirational, touching, and extremely honest personal story of the author's contracting of HIV. A very courageous woman, who took her diagnosis with dignity and became an advocate for prevention and effective living with the disease.It's stunning to me, maybe because I live in San Francisco, that there is still so much ignorance and denial when it comes to acquiring HIV. I would highly recommend this book to parents for their [...]

    18. Be careful when you have sex. Always use protection. Make sure you and your partner are tested for HIV before you engage in sexual activity. I'm a young girl myself. I'm only 14 years old. With all the disease going on in the world, you should know that you need to use protection at all times before you make the worst decision in your life. I also learned that HIV is the disease that may or may not lead to full-blown AIDS. If the doctor finds it in your body in advance, there is treatment that y [...]

    19. After reading about her struggle, I thought about every sexual partner I had and questioned why I didn't get them tested although I used protection with all of them. Most importantly, I am not HIV positive and get tested once a year. I thought about my little sisters and if they will understand the importance of being aware of their health once they become sexually active. It is a nasty world, full of millions of diseases and traumas but if we can control one thing: It is who we choose to trust [...]

    20. Very sad, but true. People know their status and continue to pass this deadly disease without caring. Sadly Marvelyn had to suffer. Marvelyn is making a difference by making people aware and being honest about her status, which I could imagine would be very hard. After reading this book, I talked with my kids once again about HIV, AIDs. I showed them the pictures of Marvelyn and they both thought she was so beautiful, when I told them she had HIV neither could believe it. I explained to them bot [...]

    21. I really believe that this book can relate to anyone who doesn't know a lot about HIV/AIDS. It read very fast and included enough information to really help people understand. I feel like it should be in the Young Adult section and required reading for teens. Her story is so sad but I think that a lot of teens go through very similar things. I wasn't really impressed with the way she handled her job situations. You would think that someone who really had to have medical insurance in order to liv [...]

    22. Thsi book is about a woman who, at 19 was diagnosed with HIV. Although she was diagnosed with HIV, she was hopeful that she could beat it but she had a hard time adjusting to the medicine & felt different than others. A lot of people in her home town didn't know about HIV & she wanted to raise awarness about it. Through the book, she struggled to find who she is as a person & in the end she feels ie she has a purpose, a reason wwhy she has HIV, & that is to warn others about the [...]

    23. One of the most phenomenal books written from the raw point-of-view of young people struggling with the realities of HIV/AIDS. This autobiography does not flinch from the reality of ignorance, despair, enlightenment, or hope. Brown commands all four, opening wide her life as an example for others. If being read with a class, ensure students are familiar with sex education. I would recommend the book for grades 9 and up, but some middle school students might be able to handle the material without [...]

    24. This was a VERY good autobiography. It's a story that needs to be told. HIV is present, and it's around us. I've always prided myself on being aware of HIV, and all the different ways its transmitted. After reading this book, I was in a for a real shock, because there are some things that I JUST DID NOT KNOW. It was a real wake up call, and it also rings true, is that it only takes one time! I applaud Marvelyn for taking charge of her disease, and living with it. Hopefully she will stay strong, [...]

    25. Quick read about a young AfAm woman who contracted HIV in the early 2000's. It told the journey from her childhood, to the time she was diagnosed, and briefly worked through the subsequent five years following diagnosis. I didn't feel the book was overly full of HIV/AIDS facts, and I appreciated that she really opened up about her feelings: isolation, loneliness, anger, but mostly her compassion is what touched me the most.

    26. This book was poorly written and all over the place and where was the editor to make sure things she said in one chapter didn't contradict what she said in the next!? On the other hand, if her book is raising more awareness about HIV then clearly that is good and outweighs the bad writing/narrative. I wouldn't want there to be a world where only people who can write well get to have their stories told.

    27. It is a really great book. It teaches a life lesson to always put your body before anybody because it is a temple. Marvelyn Brown caught HIV from a partner she thought she can trust and discover how life changes for her . I learn you can never trust anybody and always use protection and if you do not go to a clinic and get tested.You never know how bad you treat your body when your have a desire for something.

    28. Marvelyn is a writer that pulls you in. She makes you feel like you're right there with her, and she only includes pertinent information, so this book was a very entertaining, fast, and still very informative read. You really feel for her when her classmates ostracize her because of her HIV. You don't understand how when she's told she has HIV, she doesn't even really know what it is. Marvelyn is doing a great thing with her life and her writing by informing people of what AIDS actually is.

    29. An inspiring and non-sugar coated autobiography. Though most of us don't know what it's like to have HIV, there were other aspects of Marvelyn's life that we can connect with. It's so honest that it makes us take another look at reality. Her work to spread the truth about HIV and to rid the world of the ignorance that comes along with this disease is something to inspire millions. I've glad that we read this book in my book club.

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