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Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 28, 2007
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From the Back Cover
The book features approximately 45 full color photographs taken by Mia Baxter, Jenna’s friend and fellow UNICEF intern, as well as detailed backmatter including A Letter from Jenna Bush; You Can Make A Difference; Protect Yourself, Protect Others; What’s the Real Deal? Ten Myths About HIV/AIDS; Do You Know the Whole Story? Ten Myths About Abuse; and Discussion Questions.
Top Customer Reviews
How many of you would tell your friends if you were HIV-positive,I asked. Almost all said they would be too afraid to tell. Afraid of being shunned. Afraid of the shame they'd feel -- even if, like Ana, such shame is undeserved.
Jenna Bush has written a compelling story, in a language that speaks to teens about a subject that remains taboo. Ana's Story should be required reading in schools across this nation.
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.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
If you have issues with her father that's one thing but she doesn't control her father.
As for the writing in the book..I do think it's silly to say it's written poorly and that it's not enough to hold a readers attention.
IT WAS WRITTEN FOR TEENS!
Also, why not give credit where it's due. She is over there helping when she doesn't have to be.
ALSO when is still living your life with the war going on a crime..aren't we all living? Planning a wedding is something she should be doing..why punish her!
As for her "daddy not passing the bill on childrens healthcare" how would that help over there? that had to do with the U.S.
I think it's a wonderful story and my 9 year old cared and wasn't forced to read it. SOME KIDS are raised to care about others and would want to read this.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was very interesting, and told very honestly. I was left wanting to know more about Ana, and I know that she is just one of so many more with a similar story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frances G
Ordered it mainly because it was written by Jenna Bush. I liked it - was very interesting.Published 16 months ago by Matisha
I'm an HIV Medical Case Manager and this book is an inspiration story. It's great for all ages and yes very sad...I highly recommend!!!Published 20 months ago by KMORALE617
I really love this book. I actually read this book, and I read this book in one day. It was very detailed and she was very expressive. Read morePublished 20 months ago by FaithCruzita
I ordered this on the recommendation of my daughter-in-law. Very well written book. Gives a different slant on those who live in 3rd world countries facing AIDS. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Anne Wiser