Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush

Ana’s Story is a narrative nonfiction piece based on Jenna Bush’s work with UNICEF in Latin America.  The book delves into the life experience of one girl facing the hardship of being born with AIDS. 

When I began reading the book I had expected a detailed portrait of a life of sorrow.  Descriptive passages transport the reader to Ana’s world.  I was surprised at Ana’s optimism in the face of illness.  She is inspiring.  I have not read much on efforts to combat AIDS throughout South America however the narrative style opens the door to a new cultural experience and a personal look at the toll of the disease outside the U.S. borders.  Ana’s Story demonstrates how strength and resilience can be found in those who survive abuse, neglect, violence and disease. 

On a side note, it is amazing how heavy the book is for the page count. 

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