Saturday, June 20, 2009
Review of ANA'S STORY by Jenna Bush
From the inside cover:
She's been abused
And She is HIV-positive.
She is Ana, and this is her story. It begins the day she is born infected with HIV,transmitted from her young mother, Now she barely remembers her mama, who died when Ana was only three. From then on, Ana's childhood becomes a blur of faint memories and secrets---secrets about her illness and about the abuse she endures.
Ana's journey is a long one. Shuffled from home to home, she rarely finds safety or love. And then she meets a boy. Berto is one of the only people Ana trusts with all her secrets. That trust puts Ana on apathe to breaking the silence that has harmed her and leads her to new beginnings, new sorrows, and new hope.
This was one of the saddest books I have read in a long time yet it ended up sort of positive. One thing I did not like is that it ended up abruptly and I wanted to know more on what has happened to Ana. You find yourself wanting to protect her. The stuff she had to go through was horrid. I am glad that she did not let that deter her and made her a stronger person. Ms. Bush did a fairly good job in documenting this true story while on a mission with UNICEF.
I rate this book a 3.5/5 for the abrupt ending.