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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061562394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061562396
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Make a note to add The Naked Truth; Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive by Marvelyn Brown to your bookshelf. In this poignant account, Brown 24, provides a cautionary tale about how she became HIV-positive at 19.” (Essence)

“Marvelyn Brown takes a bold approach to speak to our youth with enough honesty and frankness, everybody should be listening! She is an inspiration to men and women everywhere!” (Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges)

Be inspired by this true story of a 19-year old who contracted the HIV virus from her longtime monogamous boyfriend and became an Emmy Award winning advocate for HIV awareness. (Upscale)

About the Author

Marvelyn Brown is a native Tennessean who works with numerous HIV/AIDS outreach groups. She has extensive radio and television experience, including appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, BET, and The Tavis Smiley Show. She's also appeared in Newsweek, Ebony, and Real Health magazines. Her public-service announcement for Think MTV won an Emmy Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Courtney E. Martin is a writer, teacher, and speaker based in Brooklyn. She is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, The American Prospect, and the Christian Science Monitor, among other national publications, and she is a blogger for Feministing.com.


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I have passed the book along to some teenaged girls who don't usually enjoy reading, but this book kept their interest and they finished it and enjoyed.
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Marvelyn Brown is a strong young lady for sharing her entire life story.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Joy on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I rec'd my book in the mail Monday evening. I didn't get around to reading it until late which means I stayed up all night long reading it until early Tuesday morning. This book is so inspirational and i'm so proud of this young lady putting this book out here. Watching her on CNN's Black in America and hearing her story and her purpose-I knew I wanted to support her by purchasing the book. Everybody has a little piece of Marvelyn Brown in them be it, the desire to be loved, the desire to want to leave a legacy, and the hope to break stereotypes. I must say that if you or someone you know needs inspiration...GET THIS BOOK. It's a bold story and it's the TRUTH!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MoJazz on September 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was introduced to Ms. Marvelyn Brown and her story during CNN's 'Black in America' special that aired in July. Marvelyn Brown and Courtney Martin have written a book that is both riveting and shocking in it's candid description of the choices and events that led to Ms. Brown's positive HIV test.

The authors have shined a light on the continuing ignorance and naiveté of many people in this country as it relates to understanding HIV. Marvelyn's story could be the difference between a positive and negative test for a lot of sexually active teens (and adults) in this country.

I pray that many will read this book and share this story with people they love. It is truly a cautionary tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda N. Thomas on January 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book for my fourteen year old daughter.S he is in the beginning stages of liking boys. I personally did not read the whole book and yet she did. My daughter is not big on reading. The book did touch her heart. I believe it made her think. We discussed what she had learned, she stated that I dont want to ruin my life. This book has planted a seed in her mind!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By poopie on December 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Although I am old enough to be Ms. Brown's mother I found her book very touching and eye opening.-VERY! When I closed the book at the end I just had to sit and take a deep breath. At 19 that could have been any of us and Im sure it is many of us. I could not believe how forgiving she was of "Prince Charming"-WOW! I also wish Ms. Brown would have had a better relationship with her mother....not to mention her father. I believe that had alot to do with her choices. Such a "moving" truth. In closing I wont say this is a "good book" simply because there is such tragedy involved ( to me) but it is a MUST READ!!!!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Armstrong on August 28, 2008
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First, I'll deal with the misleading part. The product description states that Ms. Brown is a non-promiscuous young woman. I take issue with the 'non-promiscuous' part. If Ms. Brown had not caught HIV from Prince Charming, she very easily could have caught it from one of her many other sexual partners. The definition of promiscuous is having multiple sexual partners. By definition, Ms. Brown was indeed promiscuous. THAT is how she caught HIV.

Her message is that everyone, even non-promiscuous heterosexuals, are at risk. That message is very important. She should not jeopardize that message by trying to pretend she was being chaste and still caught HIV.

One last issue I had with the book: I think this message needs to reach everyone, not just African-American females. Her language is raw. That may jeopardize her message by turning some people off before they have a chance to finish the book.

Having said that, let me reiterate the importance of her message. Actually, there is more than one message. She talks about the impact of suicide, the impact of growing up without the presence of a father-figure, the long-term impact of decisions one might make in high school, and the impact of low self-esteem (self-love)- all while sending the message that being HIV+ does not need to be a death sentence. All of these messages are so important and she does a great job of getting those messages across.

I used the book last night to have a discussion with my daughters. Ms. Brown's words are more eloquent than mine, so I actually read out loud from the book. Her message that suicide does NOT send the message you may intend is extremely powerful. I read that to my girls.

I read to them the myths and realities of AIDS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shamontiel L. Vaughn on March 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I can't remember where I heard about this book, but as soon as I did, I immediately snagged it up, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. There were two reasons I wanted to read it: 1) to try to understand why a woman would repeatedly have unprotected sex (I can't wrap my mind around that one to this day); 2) to see how a young, Black woman lives healthy and happy as an HIV positive patient. Because I speak to college classes at book signings about correct condom usage and getting tested and some of the HIV/AIDS myths, I support everyone else who does, especially those who are in the public eye. But no matter how much I volunteer or speak on the topic, there are things I'm just flat out not going to know or be able to speak about, such as how the medication to fight the disease feels, the looks of scorn for someone who admits that they are HIV positive, and how the Black community reacts to those who are open. Marvelyn answers all of these questions and more.

Sometimes her opinions were hard to digest (ex. wanting Beyonce to play her on an episode of "Half & Half" instead of Michelle made me think she completely missed the point), the constant bragging about how good she looks (confidence is wonderful, but bragging is annoying no matter the person or the condition), and chasing men throughout the read (from getting tattoos to constantly making excuses for guys who weren't about anything). I didn't agree with her not outing Prince Charming's name because if he was in denial enough to have unsafe sex with her, he'll continue to do it, and if her town is still that much in denial about who or how it can be transmitted, somebody needs to point him out before he continues to put folks' lives in danger.
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