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Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Good Book For Girls of All Ages!

Throughout the book Ana goes through many struggles from dealing with hiding the fact that she has AIDS, that her grandmothers boyfriend sexually abuses Ana's sister and herself, to falling in love and having a baby at a young age, and moving from home to home with dif...
Throughout the book Ana goes through many struggles from dealing with hiding the fact that she has AIDS, that her grandmothers boyfriend sexually abuses Ana's sister and herself, to falling in love and having a baby at a young age, and moving from home to home with different families to get away from her problems at her grandmother's home. I think teens and adults should read this book because, Ana never loses hope, and tries to make the best out of her life with AIDS, and many people could relate to Ana and be more like her, if they have a similar story to hers.

posted by 8208911 on May 12, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Ana¿s life is a collection of bits and pieces of her past. Infected with HIV at birth, she¿s unaware of many details of her early childhood. Living with her strict grandmother, she learns to keep secrets-secrets about her infection and the abuse at home. But after An...
Ana¿s life is a collection of bits and pieces of her past. Infected with HIV at birth, she¿s unaware of many details of her early childhood. Living with her strict grandmother, she learns to keep secrets-secrets about her infection and the abuse at home. But after Ana falls in love and becomes pregnant at seventeen, she begins a journey of hope-a journey of protecting herself and others. She is living with HIV, not dying from it. This story is based on Jenna Bush¿s work with UNICEF. This narrative nonfiction tale is an important story about HIV and also lists resources on how to be better educated about the infection. I loved the premise of this piece and do feel that Jenna Bush had good intentions as she shares the story of a teen¿s life with HIV. I feel that teens will be able to relate with the struggles of Ana. I also feel it¿s important that teens know the facts of HIV. Knowledge is power. What didn¿t work for me was how telling this story was. Instead of showing the reader the story, Ms. Bush tells. I know this is a narrative nonfiction book but still I felt the author missed opportunities to make Ana¿s story stronger. Still the fast pace of the story will appeal to reluctant readers. And the story is an important one that needs to be told.

posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2011

    An inspiriting book about all the struggles that Ana goes though.

    Throughout Ana's life she goes though many struggles. Not having parent to help her out, and living with Aids. All by herself she makes it though all the struggles she has encountered. This book is a heartwarming story that shows you how easy your life really is. Ana has many things that she goes though, that most people don't ever have to encounter. This book is for anyone that wants to read about a young girl that has many things that are going wrong in her life.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

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    Ana¿s life is a collection of bits and pieces of her past. Infected with HIV at birth, she¿s unaware of many details of her early childhood. Living with her strict grandmother, she learns to keep secrets-secrets about her infection and the abuse at home. But after Ana falls in love and becomes pregnant at seventeen, she begins a journey of hope-a journey of protecting herself and others. She is living with HIV, not dying from it. This story is based on Jenna Bush¿s work with UNICEF. This narrative nonfiction tale is an important story about HIV and also lists resources on how to be better educated about the infection. I loved the premise of this piece and do feel that Jenna Bush had good intentions as she shares the story of a teen¿s life with HIV. I feel that teens will be able to relate with the struggles of Ana. I also feel it¿s important that teens know the facts of HIV. Knowledge is power. What didn¿t work for me was how telling this story was. Instead of showing the reader the story, Ms. Bush tells. I know this is a narrative nonfiction book but still I felt the author missed opportunities to make Ana¿s story stronger. Still the fast pace of the story will appeal to reluctant readers. And the story is an important one that needs to be told.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2009

    Great Story, Bad Writing

    I was so excited to read this story. It starts off with a great intro by Jenna Bush about Ana's words being tiles building the framework to the future. Which is a really good start. However, from the beginning I notice how much flow this book lacks. It is startling to have so many chapters, a book does not need 90 something chapters. This book would been a better read had the chapters been put together better. I also did not like the photos - there was a photo almost every chapter. I felt like a child having to read a book with pictures. I would have preferred to seen a small section someplace in the book where all the photos were gathered together. I also found the writing childlike. I did not feel a college graduate had wrote this story. I think she could have wrote this nicely while still keeping Ana's story. I am not upset or discouraging reading her story. I am just saying that this book is poorly written with a lack of flow and interrupting photos. I would like to know what else has happened to Ana since the story came out, such as how are her and her daughter, what happened to Berto and Isabel. The other thing is that this is a very quick read, I was done in a day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    Ana's Story- The Novel That Teaches A Lesson:

    Ana¿s Story is a novel about a teenage girl and her life through poverty, death, and living with the HIV/AIDS virus. Ana¿s mother passes away when she is young, and since her father can¿t care for her or her sister, they move to their grandmother¿s house. While living there, she is told not to tell anybody about how she is HIV/AIDS positive. Throught her many homes, Ana is abused by multiple people, including her grandmother¿s boyfriend and her aunt. Ana then lives in an orphanage where she meets a boy who is also infected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Within a year Ana and the boy are moved to a special home for people infected by HIV/AIDS. Ana then becomes pregnant, and gives birth to a healthy, HIV/AIDS negative, baby girl. Ana and the baby¿s father eventually break up, and a few weeks later the baby¿s father passes away. While at a family reunion, Ana is asked to move in with one of her favorite aunts. Ana continues on with her education, and meets a few people who accept her for being who she is- a teenage mom. Ana meets one boy who, in particular, really likes Ana. Read the novel to see what happens to Ana and the boy, and if she tells any of her new friends her secret!

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