ANA’S STORY A JOURNEY OF HOPE By: Jenna Bush Summary: Ana’s Story is about a 17 year old girl with HIV, who lost her mother at 3 to AIDS. Ana went from home to home and had a life full of secrets and dull memories. Growing up she is force to deal with abuse, trying to protect herself and younger sister. She never trusted anyone until she meets Berto whom leads her to new beginnings and hope. Biography: Jenna Bush is the daughter of President George W. Bush and Laura Bush. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in English. Jenna was then an elementary school teacher in Washington D.C. After she stopped teaching there she became invested with UNICEF. UNICEF means United Nations Children’s Fund. She traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean documenting the lives of children in need. Character’s Ana- Main character, a 17 year old girl, HIV positive, lost her mother to AIDS at age 3, sexually abused by her grandfather, does not trust anyone. Isabel- Ana’s younger sister by 2 years, abused by grandfather after Ana stands up for herself. Ernesto- Grandfather who abused Ana and Isabel and was the cause of most of their problems growing up. Berto- A boy whom Ana falls in love with and has a daughter with but they end up splitting after the child is born. Beatriz- Ana and Berto’s daughter who is not HIV positive. Conflict: A major conflict in Ana’s Story, is an internal conflict (man versus self). Ana is forced to deal with her mother’s death, having HIV, moving home to home, being sexually abused and also having nobody to trust or talk to. Literary Techniques: Foreshadowing- Ana’s mother dying from AIDS is the hint that Ana has a struggling life because she has HIV. Symbolism- The one picture Ana has of her mother symbolizes that Ana wished she had time to get to know her. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read nonfiction books. This book is an eye opening book to the other side that most people do not know about. It describes the struggle people have to go through when they are brought up in a tough way of life. For example, Ana is abused her whole life, has HIV, lost her mother at 3 and doesn’t have a stable home. Now a days most children never expect to go through this so I would recommend this book as an eye opener to what goes on in the real world.