A young woman of only 17, Juana demonstrates great strength, determination, and sense of self despite her age. She is the kind of person who will fight for what she believes in and is willing to break social barriers, such as playing soccer despite disapproval from her stern grandmother.
In contrast, Juana's mother Ana Maria is what I would consider a "hot mess" in every sense of the phrase. Ana Maria is a single mother living with her own mother, brother, and daughter. Her mother consistently chastises her for not living a life that Juana should emulate. Although her mother's message is harsh, she has good reason to urge Ana Maria to change her ways. Ana Maria has a family of people that care for her, but she still proceeds to sleep with a married man.
Juana and Ana Maria possess a rare, dynamic mother-daughter relationship - the stereotypical roles of the two women are reversed. Ana Maria is led by her broken heart to seek a relationship with a man who she probably knows, in spite of her arguments against it, that will never break his marriage to be with her. Meanwhile, Juana is compassionate and cares deeply for her mother, consoling her and guarding her from the grandmother's resentment. She, too, wants her mother to stop putting effort in empty relationships, but she truly wants her mother to be happy as well.
Modern society dictates that teenagers are immature, sexually-obsessed young adults who have tendencies to cause trouble for their peers and parents. On the contrary, age is not a factor in Juana's maturity. She is a young woman that I would be proud to know, and the importance of overcoming age discrimination is a social issue that should be discussed much more in contemporary culture.