Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope

Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope


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ISBN-13: 9780061379093
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 235,183
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mia Baxter graduated from University of Texas with a degree in photojournalism. She has worked as a freelance editorial documentary photographer in New York before interning for UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mia Baxter se graduó de Fotoperiodismo en la Universidad de Texas. Trabajó como fotógrafa editorial y documental independiente en la ciudad de Nueva York antes de participar en un programa de experiencia práctica con UNICEF en Latinoamérica y el Caribe.

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Ana's Story

A Journey of Hope
By Jenna Bush


Copyright © 2007 Jenna Bush
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-06-137908-6

Chapter One


Ana had one picture of her mother. It was not an original photograph but a color photocopy.

The image had been laminated, sealed in plastic for protection, so that it would last forever. When she was ten, Ana decorated the corners with sparkly stickers of flowers and stars. She handled the photocopy so often that the corners had started to curl and the plastic had begun to fray and come apart.

All of her life, Ana's aunts and uncles told her that she looked just like her mamá. Ana sometimes stood in front of the mirror, holding the photocopy next to her face. She wanted to see if her eyes really were the same as her mother's. Ana shifted her focus from her eyes to her mother's eyes until the images blurred and she could not tell where her mother ended and she began.

In the photocopy, Ana's mother was young; she was only sixteen when Ana was born. She had big brown eyes and feathers of dyed blond hair. Her skin, the color of cocoa, looked fresh, smooth, and polished. Ana hoped her family was right; she hoped she looked like her beautiful mamá.

Ana's mother had been gone for so long that Ana could only recall the curves of her face by looking at the ragged photocopy. Ana taped the picture to the wall of her bedroom at pillow height so that she could stare at it before she went to sleep, comforted in knowing that if she ever forgot what her mother looked like, she could glance over and remember.


Ana had only one actual memory of her mother. It was not vivid but vague and somewhat confusing. She remembered this piece of her past like a black-and-white movie, the images blurred and out of focus, beyond reach.

In the memory-Ana's first-she was three years old. She stood in the hallway outside a bathroom; her mother was on the other side of the door, sobbing and wailing.

"Mamá," Ana whispered through the wooden door. "Are you okay?"

She could hear her mother crying, then trying to catch her breath.


Ana put her hand on the knob and turned it. She pulled open the door and peeked inside. Her mother leaned against the wall with one hand and turned and looked at Ana through puffy red eyes. Her mother's hand trembled as she reached up to wipe the tears that streamed down her cheeks.

"Ana," her father said from the hall, "leave Mamá alone, por favor." Ana felt confused and afraid. Her papá's eyes were also red and he, too, had been crying.

"Your sister Lucía-," he started, then stopped. He drew a deep breath and then said quickly, "Your sister has died."

Ana heard the words, but she didn't really understand. She was too young to comprehend the meaning of death and grief. All she saw was that Mamá and Papá were crying, and that made her uneasy and afraid.

"Okay," Ana whispered, backing away from the door.

She knew that her mother had gone to the hospital and given birth to her youngest sister in the summertime. She knew that Lucía was sick and that her mother had come home without the baby. Mamá went to see Lucía at the hospital every morning but always returned home alone.

Ana had never met her baby sister, and now she never would.

Lucía died when she was two months old.


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Table of Contents

Preface     1
Ana's Story     7
Afterword     242
A Letter from Jenna Bush     245
You Can Make a Difference     249
Protect Yourself, Protect Others     259
Websites and Help Lines     269
What's the Real Deal? Ten Myths about HIV/AIDS     275
Do You Know the Whole Story? Ten Myths About Abuse     280
Discussion Questions for Ana's Story     285

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ana's story is a truely amzing book. i am just 14 years old and i love this story to death. It teaches about hardship and is a great book for women of all ages to read. i really appreciated this book and will read it many more times. I think everyone should read this book because it teaches you what life is like in other parts of the world and teaches you about who ana is. it reminds me of struggles i have had, like, with my eating disorder, and how you can get through anything if you really want to. two thumbs up and a truely amazing book. thankyou Ms. Jenna Bush for writing this as i really enjoyed it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. This book opened my eyes and showed me that there are people out there in this world that have it much worse than I but they still find hope in their lives. I am spoiled and have no idea what the real world is like. Their are young girls out there that have it rough. I have no right to complain or get upset when I don't get the things I want. I could have been like Ana. I could of had her life. She is an inspiration to me and I will look at life differently. I thought Miss Bush did a wonderful job writing this book. I think that it is an easy and quick read for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ana's Story is a very touching story about a girl who lives with HIV/AIDS, and a baby. The author documents her life, and learns about the struggles that she's had to go through in the seventeen years Ana's been alive. I learned about bravery and determination. Ana kind of moves from place to place a lot in this book. From her grandma's house, to her aunt's, to her friend Yolonda's. Then eventually she moves into a home for people who have HIV/AIDS. There she meets this guy, and they fall in love. She ends up having a baby later in the story, and the dad gets sick. His disease causes him to pass away. It makes Ana's struggle just a little more hard, but she lives through. It inspires me, and makes me feel like I can get through anything in life no matter how hard the struggle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LynnSigman on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Lots of great resources in back for group discussion and how to help yourself or others.
adromero on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a story of a young mother named Ana who is infected with the HIV virus. She struggles with this disease more or less on her own as her parents had passed away. Ana not only faces the dilemma of being an orphan and living with the disease, but faces abuse at the hands of various family members as she moves from one house to the other. However, through her ordeal she learns to be strong and face her situation and learns of hope. Jenna Bush wrote her narrative after meeting this young lady while working with UNICEF. Although the book was not the best written narrative, the content is very significant. Through Ana¿s story Bush illustrates the struggle of those young people who struggle with the disease, and the consequences of abuse
melydia on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I understand the point of narrative nonfiction is to avoid embellishment at all costs, but in this case I think the obvious concern for utmost accuracy robbed the story of much of its emotion. Here we have a true story about a teenage mother who was born HIV-positive, and I came away from it feeling about as moved as from your average low-budget after school special. Details about people's personalities were almost completely absent, to the point where I never felt like I knew where Ana or anyone else was coming from or why they did the things they did. As sad as it sounds, this story probably would have been more touching had it been a completely fictionalized version of real events. However, this book isn't a complete waste of time. I do appreciate the resources and discussion topics at the back of the book. It would probably be a reasonable reading assignment for someone completely naive about HIV. Unfortunately, to those of us pay even the vaguest attention to the news, this dispassionate story is easily forgotten.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I felt this book was poorly done. It was as if I was reading a small childs picture book. I appreciate Jenna Bush for her work and felt for Ana but the whole point is, did I feel moved enough to want to make a difference ,as with all books of this nature should? The answer sad to say is I was rather glad to be done with it. I felt cheated. I truly feel that if authors take on bringing a message to the world they should do so with effort. This book lacked that. Her work in UNICEF may be commendable but her writing stirred nothing within me.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ana's Story is a the tale of a teenage mother living with HIV somewhere in Latin America. She was born with the disease, having been infected by her mother, who in turn was infected by a rapist. Ana's life is a sad tale of secrecy, abuse, abandonment and fear. But it's also contains moments of strength, hope and love. The text itself is rather simplistic. I don't know if it's intentionally simplified to reach a less literate audience, or if that's the standard of young adult books these days. Either way,I think it took away some of the power of Ana's story. But then again, it's not a story to entertain, but rather to inform folks about some of the struggles endured by people suffering from HIV and AIDS. In that respect, Ms. Bush accomplished her task quite well.--J.
ashley_schmidt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very quick, simple read. Feels more geared toward a young adult audience. But in all its simplicity it serves its purpose to get a point and information across. I finished it in a few hours. You do feel a connection with the character, and you can feel the author's connection with the real Ana.
charlieanna on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Though the writing isn't amazing, I found myself enjoying this book. It's a very easy read and it's full of information. I love that after the ending of the book there were many pages filled with information about HIV. I think that teens should read this book to become more informed.
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