We finally started reading Jenna Bush's literary masterpiece, and it took about five minutes to get all: "Whoa, this is really fucking depressing. The writing is pretty no-frills about it, but so far the main character Ana, a poor Panamanian cab driver's daughter with HIV, has been beaten, raped and seen both her parents die of AIDS; oh, and also watched her sister get raped. (Money scene in the school cafeteria when Ana fills with shame watching in silence as her friends heckle/hurl milk cartons at another classmate they suspect of having HIV.) But probably the most interesting part of the book thus far is the portrayal of step-grandpa Ernesto, who not only rapes Ana and her sister but also, she later finds, raped her dead mother, which is how everyone ended up getting AIDS. Ernesto is a pretty fucked-up dude — but by the time Ana is watching her second parent die of the disease, he's lost most of the "evil" she thought he was capable of:
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