It Happened to Nancy

Topics: Rape, Garth Brooks, Family Pages: 3 (1007 words) Published: April 20, 2000
This book is a diary that goes through the last two years of a young teenage girl's life, who got infected with the HIV virus after being date raped . The girl in the book is named Nancy and she is important enough to have her diary published because her life went from being a normal teenage girl with normal problems, to an abnormal girl with AIDS and abnormal problems. She agreed to have her diary published so that other people who think that AIDS and rape can't ever happen to them can have a different perspective.

The times in which this diary takes place is from April 14, 1991 to April 12,1993. the book starts out when Nancy is getting ready to go to a Garth Brooks concert with her friends El and Red, "Imagine me going to a concert! A Garth Brooks concert!" (p.3), and ends two days before she dies, "Nancy died in her sleep April 12th two days after her last entry" (p.219).

In Nancy's diary the places that impacted her life were:- at her home in South Carolina with her mother, friends and boyfriend, in Phoenix, Arizona with her dad, and in Idaho with her Aunt Thelma. Nancy mostly loved to stay with her mother, but then had to leave for her mother's good.

Her home in South Carolina is normal. Her mother was a real-estate agent, so they didn't see each other that much. Her friends, El, Red, Dorie and Lew, are all part of a group called the "gaggle", which means talkative or a group of geese. Lew is of coarse the "gander", meaning the male goose, of the gaggle and Nancy's boyfriend. Nancy's friends are apart of her life in the biggest way possible, "I'll miss the gaggle, they are like my sisters and not my brother" (p.174).

In Phoenix, Arizona she lives with her dad during the summer. Her dad loves her dearly, he is a very protective and caring figure in her life, "Dad lovingly but firmly told me that if I don't eat every two hours he is going to take me directly to the hospital" (p.150).

She spent her last couple of months with her aunt Thelma in...
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