Ana's Story

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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 and barely remembers her mother. Living with her strict grandmother, she learns how to keep secrets – secrets about her infection and about the abuse she endures 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.

Jenna Bush tells of Ana's struggle to break free from the cycle of abuse, silence, and illness with passion and eloquence. But this is not just Ana's story. It is also the story of many children around the world who are marginalized, neglected, and mistreated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061477928
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 14 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 (MSR)

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 mam. 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 mam.

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's Story (MSR). Copyright © by Jenna Bush. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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.
LynnSigman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of great resources in back for group discussion and how to help yourself or others.
adromero on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 ..no. 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book , "Ana's Story " , is truely amazing . Sooo much realistic scenes and how much Jenna Bush describes EVERYTHING in the story is very intreaging . Also it is such a joy reading b|c u learn how people suffer in REAL LIFE .... With all the comotion of love , to abuse , to death is so thrilling !!! I had finished this book in less than a 6 days w| almost 300 pages . This book is filled with events that MAKES you read on . It's deffinitly a book that I would NEVER forget . It's The Book Of A Life Time .
marshamay More than 1 year ago
So much hardship in a young life who took on a big responsibility. I too like how Ana's story was written along with the pictures, not only for adults but teenagers and young adults. Excellent work Jenna! Ana is a very smart young lady and looking forward to her book to be published.
Bethanie More than 1 year ago
...things out of the book. Better yet, I think she should have gone further passed the ending than she did. PLEASE do not misunderstand me... I am NOT criticizing this book in any way, but I was just not ready for it to end! :) I am really excited about Ana writing her book! Ana is supposedly writing her own book, and that is definitely one that I am looking forward to reading. I DEFINITELY recommend this book. I hope Jenna Bush writes more books! I am a big fan of hers...and her father!
Maddy89 More than 1 year ago
This is a fast reading biography of Ana, a teenage girl who is HIV positive. I like the way the story is told. It's mostly about struggle and love.Ana lost her parent's at a young age. She was left with the responsibility of taking care of her young sister. It took me about two weeks to read .Jenna Bush seems to care about others. Read how Ana's life is changed by the decisions she makes.I am planning to read another book by the same author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ana's story, is a emotion and eye opening novel about a series of horrible events that happen to a young girl. In the end, they lead her to happiness, miracles, and her fate. Ana is a young girl who is born with HIV. In the first 10 pages you learn she has lost a new born sister of 2 months, and her very own mother. This only leaves Ana with her younger sister Isabel, who she loves dearly, and her fun loving father, who can't afford to take care of his two daughters. The two sisters are very close, and travel constantly through many abusive family members and too many orphanages. Ana is trying to survive on her own, while trying to survive a very abusive life. In the end, its her turn to finally think about herself, and making all the right decisions she was told her whole life were to be kept a secret. In the book, you learn that you take what you have and run with it, to make the best out of it. Ana's "downfalls" lead her down the path to her happiness. Also, that keeping your feelings and all your secrets hidden, it will hurt you. I enjoyed this book very much. It opened my eyes to see that worse things can happen, and at some parts everyone can relate. Everyone goes through struggles. I also loved the fact I didn't want to stop reading. It has a certain hook; like a car crash, its a mess, but you can't stop looking at it. There weren't many downfalls but, at some moments how Ana reacted or what her situation led her to was very different just because of the culture and ethnic background. Everyone should read this book to receive a different out put on life. It truly opens your eyes to a whole new way of life. Overall, I rate this at a 4 star book.
Tina_10 More than 1 year ago
I chose to read the novel Ana¿s Story written by Jenna Bush because it was one of the books that we choose to read for our summer reading. I¿m glad I chose to read the novel because it seemed like and interesting true story. Also the novel opened up my eyes to the main character Ana who is less fortunate in life and has to go through many troubles. Also Ana learned and grew from her troubles with her family, friends, her home life, and having to move around with different people.
Ana¿s Story was sad, emotional, and true. I thought the novel was well written and had a good plot. The novel had many likes how Ana pretty much had grown up without people telling her that they loved her but Ana did not let that affect her. Also, Ana did not end up growing up a bad kid. Ana was responsible and if you read the book you would know that. One of the dislikes was that I did not like the way the novel ended but there is no way to change it because Ana is still living today. So maybe Ana will end up writing her own book of things that has happened to her since the book has ended and she¿ll pick it up from then.
If I had to read this novel again I would because it was a great book. Also I would recommend this book to people because you learn so much from this book like you need to appreciate everything you have and the family that you have in your life because there are people in the world that don¿t have that. But overall it was a great book.
Victoria_Giattina More than 1 year ago
Book Review on Ana¿s Story
I found Ana¿s Story from the list of books we were given for summer reading. Several of my friends read it and told me that I had to read it. I am very glad that I listened to my friends and read this book because it really made me appreciate how lucky I am. Ana¿s Story is one of the best books I have ever read. Everything that the characters went had to go through and how they faced them was very inspiring, emotional, and heartwarming.
I really enjoyed reading this novel because it was a true story and told the tale of a girl around the same age as me. It allowed me to see how different the lives of teenagers are in other places. I could definitely say the main character, Ana, moved me in many ways. She is so strong and courageous. Having to keep a huge secret of having AIDS for the majority of her life was only one of the many difficult things she had to go through. Her mother died at a young age and then her father later passed way. Ana was forced to live with her grandmother whose boyfriend abused her. She was also forced to be moved around to different homes and shelters throughout the novel. Her life was so difficult and she stayed so strong. All of these things she has to go through made me realize the simple things I have that I often take for granted.
I loved the plot of the book, I never really knew what was going to happen next and I was always amazed at everything Ana would have to go through. One good thing would happen and I would think that everything would get better. Then all of the sudden things would only get worse. The way Ana¿s Story was written kept me wanting to read so I could find out what would happen next.
The only thing that I didn¿t like about the novel was how I wasn¿t able to find out what will happen next in Ana¿s life because she is still living it today. I hope that somehow I will be able to find out how everything turned out for her. I think it was very neat how she wrote about someone¿s life that is being lived right now.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Ana¿s Story opened my eyes to many things I have never thought about. It made me realize how lucky I am to be living without diseases and in a home with a family I know is going to love and care for me. This book also inspired me to be a stronger person. I think that everyone should read Ana¿s amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ana's Story was brought to my attention by our summer reading program. I was influenced by my peers to read this book because they said it was a great, easy book to read with a great storyline. I would have to agree with them because this was a great book.
In this novel, Jenna Bush writes about a Spanish speaking girl's life and how she overcomes many obstacles. Ana, the main character, is a girl who lost her mother at an early age due to HIV/AIDS. It is very mindblowing how Ana overcomes this. I think that Ana is very brave and a strong person. Every time I turned the page, some struggle would be in her way, but she constantly found ways to overcome them.
Throughtout her whole life, Ana lived with a secret that she didn't want to tell anybody. This secret was that she had received HIV from her mother and that she was infected with the disease. Going through each and every day knowing you could possibly die soon would be an awful experience that one could have. Knowing that Ana lived each day to the fullest and tried to do the best thing for not only her but as well as her sister made my heart warm. This novel has definitely changed me and my views on HIV/AIDS patients. It lets me know how lucky I am to not be infected and also to be thankful for the roof over my head and the family that I have.
This novel really inspired me to, in the future, do all I can for the less fortunate. This taought me ways in which I can overcome obstacles and how you can trust friends with personal secrets. I love how in this story Ana becomes bold with her secret towards the end and begins to finally start feeling comfortable about sharing her secret with others. I love in this story how she carries herself bravely and boldly.
Reading this book made me realize that people my age are being neglected by their family members and are having to live in shelters with people they don't know or trust. I like Ana in the fact that whenever she had a problem, she would pray or talk to her priest or converse with her sister or friends. When she is sexually abused and assaulted by her grandmother's boyfriend, she turns to someone she can trust who happens to be her priest and tells him what has happened to her, which is something that I like about Ana's decision-making skills.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I love all of the life lessons you can learn from it. I did not like how the book just ended, but I understand because her life is still happening. I would definitely recommend reading this book if you haven't already. If Ana decides to finish her story and write a book from where she left off, I would definitely try to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ana's story was very emotional. If you are a person that does not like emotioniol books don't read this book. She goes through a lot of hard times but comes out to having a lovly family and a baby in the end.I love how it makes you want to keep reading since the chapters are short. I would give this book a 4 1/2.
Lauren_03 More than 1 year ago
Ana's Story was recommended to me by several of my peers who really enjoyed reading it. I found that Ana's Story was very moving, thoughtful, emotional, and heartwarming. It really makes you think, and it makes you feel so grateful for the things you are blessed with. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
Ana's story is a lifestyle that I am completely unfamiliar with, and, until I read the novel, I was nearly completely unaware of how bad life situations can really be. Ana is a teen mother living with AIDS. She grew up in several abusive homes, and she was passed around from one family member to the next and then to and from different orphanages. Lucky for Ana, she was able to stay strong and somehow overcome all the hardships. She is a great role model, and her story is truly a story of hope.
I would definitely recommend this book. It's typically an easy-read, and it keeps you interested the entire time! I didn't ever want to put the book down. I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next! If you are looking for an uplifting novel, but with several 'tear-jerker' episodes as well, then Ana's Story is definitely the book for you! Ana should be an inspiration to us all.
terra09 More than 1 year ago
This book I find really interasting. I never seen a book like this before. This book will make you cry. Once i got into the book I started to compare things in my life to it and put me in Ana's shoes. It makes you wonder alot. This book i will recommand to readers that will take this book real seriously. An that is ready for a big challenge.
Queen_JoJo More than 1 year ago
The book was thrilling and wonderfull. It had a lot to do with real life. it was kind of sad but the book got u to think about how not perfect the real world is.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
First Daughter Jenna Bush spent time during an internship with UNICEF working throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. During that time, she met a young girl named Ana. This is Ana's story, and it's one filled with hurt and abuse, with illness and disease, but also with hope and triumph.

Ana was born with HIV/AIDS. She knew, from the time she was young, that she was different from many other children. She was sick, and she didn't understand why. When she loses first her mother and then her father to AIDS, Ana knows pain and heartbreak. And then the abuse starts, from uncaring relatives to whose homes she gets shuffled around to.

Ana's life seems to take a turn for the better when she finds a center that specializes in the treatment of her disease -- and when she meets Berto, a young man with whom Ana can, for the first time, share the secret of her illness. What once seems like a death sentence turns into the longing to have as normal a life as possible, including an education, a family, and a future with Berto.

ANA'S STORY is both Miss Bush's story of serving as a UNICEF ambassador and Ana's story of wanting a better life for her young daughter, who was born without the HIV/AIDS virus. It's at times both sad and uplifting, but above all serves as a reminder that this disease is a very real problem that demands a solution. Filled with several photographs and written in short, easy-to-read chapters, it's the story of one brave young adult for all young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I picked it up for a book report and did not put it down until i was done. Its emotional, spiritual, and loving. When the characters fell pain, your heart cries with pain. When the characters experience joy, you too feel happy. Who knew Jenna Bush was such a great storyteller. I give props to Jenna and Ana. By the way, I am a thirteen year old girl living in a very material world. My mom picked up this book for me. When i saw it i was mad at my mom. I'd told her to buy me the new Gossip Girl book. She told me to start reading it. ONce I did i was really thankful she bought it for me. It changed my perspective of how the world works and how these diseases really affect peoples lives.I loved this book. It brought me back to the real world.