Beartown

Ana and Maya became best friends after Ana pulled Maya out of a hole in the ice when they were six years old. Ana is “a child of nature who went hunting and fishing but didn’t quite understand people.” She’s never fit into the usual mold for a Beartown girl, though Maya is saddened that as a teen, Ana has begun to show more interest in makeup and guys than in hotwiring snowmobiles. She lives with her divorced dad, but spends more nights sleeping at the Anderssons’. Though she was hurt after Maya ditched her at Kevin’s party, she fiercely defends Maya after she finds out what Kevin did, and she is a loyal friend to the end.

Ana Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Ana or refer to Ana. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Beartown published in 2017.
Chapter 41 Quotes

Ana feels like pushing her neighbor up against the wall and telling him that the locker room where those boys sit telling their stupid jokes ends up preserving them like a tin can. It makes them mature more slowly, while some even go rotten inside. And they don’t have any female friends, and there are no women’s teams here, so they learn that hockey only belongs to them, and their coaches teach them that girls are a “distraction.” So they learn that girls only exist for fucking. She wants to point out how all the old men in this town praise them for “fighting” and “not backing down,” but not one single person tells them that when a girl says no, it means NO. And the problem with this town is not only that a boy raped a girl, but that everyone is pretending that he DIDN’T do it. So now all the other boys will think that what he did was okay.

Related Characters: Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl, Ana
Page Number: 330
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Ana Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Ana appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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In his kitchen, Peter finds Maya’s best friend, Ana. She’s making a huge mess while preparing a smoothie. She greets him cheerfully and explains... (full context)
Chapter 5
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In the car on the way to school, Ana and Maya joke around, while up front, 12-year-old Leo tunes them out. He asks his... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...eyes meet Maya’s. When Maya sees Kevin, she almost shuts her hand in her locker. Ana teases her mercilessly about it. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...or brave about everything. Maya is one of the latter. Lately, Maya has noticed that Ana has changed. She doesn’t do their complicated secret handshake as loudly in public, for example.... (full context)
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Maya met Ana when they were six years old. Maya had snuck out to go skating on the... (full context)
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Maya soon came to understand that Ana “was on thin ice in ways all her own.” Ana’s parents were always fighting, and... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Ana and Maya are in the rink cafeteria, helping Kira prepare food for the hockey crowd.... (full context)
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Amat finds Ana and Maya goofing around in the kitchen and stammers out a question—he’s wondering if Maya... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...doesn’t care, but either way, things are never quite the same between them. Maya and Ana are among the crowd, too. (full context)
Chapter 20
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As Ana and Maya walk to the party, Maya is sad when Ana repeatedly checks her makeup;... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...know exactly who she is. Each of them wishes they could be like the other. Ana stops drinking quickly. She’s disappointed that Benji has left, and she feels that no matter... (full context)
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Back at the party, when Ana comes out of the bathroom, Lyt towers over her, saying drunkenly, “I got an assist... (full context)
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Maya can’t find Ana, and she’s so drunk she’s leaning on the walls for support. Lyt makes a whispered... (full context)
Chapter 22
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The older girls in Kevin’s kitchen laugh cruelly when Ana asks about Maya, calling her a “second-rate bitch.” Ana doesn’t look for Maya or call... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...themselves for waking up happy the next morning. They think Maya spent the night at Ana’s and are surprised to find her in bed. Maya knows she can’t tell them the... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...in the shower. It takes forever to clean up the mess, and she cries, missing Ana. And even though the garbage bin is only ten yards from the house, she’s too... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Ana walks to school alone. She thinks about calling Maya, but she doesn’t. She feels like... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Ana eats a silent dinner with her dad and then takes the dogs out. Her mom... (full context)
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Ana shows up at Maya’s, having run all the way there. Even though her parents didn’t... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Ana used to want to be a hockey player, but she got into too many fights,... (full context)
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Ana blames herself for abandoning Maya at the party, but Maya assures her that it isn’t... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...Maya in the hospital room, all he can do is cry. He promises to get Ana and Maya’s guitar. Then Maya reminds him that he needs to talk to Leo, too,... (full context)
Chapter 33
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While Maya naps, Ana sits by her bed and anxiously scrolls through social media, waiting for the moment when... (full context)
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...after Kevin; the accusation is “bullshit.” Back in Beartown, Leo awakens to the sound of Ana smashing a computer against the wall. (full context)
Chapter 34
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Kira kisses Ana, who’s crying and ashamed over the shattered computer. She explains to Ana that she loves... (full context)
Chapter 36
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In the cafeteria, Ana sees Maya sitting in an isolated corner. She starts to walk toward her, but Maya... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Ana is at her dad’s house. To her surprise, he knocks on her bedroom door, looking... (full context)
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Ana’s dad wakes her up that night. He’s been asked to hunt down an injured animal... (full context)
Chapter 41
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Ana is cleaning elk blood off her dad’s pickup truck. Last night they gave an injured... (full context)
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Ana’s dad tries to calm her. She rages inside—girls in Beartown aren’t allowed to like hockey;... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Maya shows up at Ana’s house, and they have an emotional reunion. Maya has just been trying to protect Ana,... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Ana wakes up suddenly and realizes that both Maya and the shotgun are missing. In panic,... (full context)