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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Reading level: Young AdultPaperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
Buy the book:  Amazon
Author's Website: Library

From School Library Journal:
Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox awakens after more than a year in a coma to find herself in a life—and a body—that she doesn't quite recognize. Her parents tell her that she's been in an accident, but much of her past identity and current situation remain a mystery to her: Why has her family abruptly moved from Boston to California, leaving all of her personal belongings behind? Why does her grandmother react to her with such antipathy? Why have her parents instructed her to make sure not to tell anyone about the circumstances of their move? And why can Jenna recite whole passages of Thoreau's Walden, but remember next to nothing of her own past? As she watches family videos of her childhood, strange memories begin to surface, and she slowly realizes that a terrible secret is being kept from her. —Meredith Robbins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, New York City

I saw the paperback cover for this book at the store many times, and it really caught my eye, but I have had so many books to read that I never picked it up. But over the past few months, I've continuously heard The Adoration of Jenna Foxbeing mentioned when people (including many authors) list their favorite books. So, I finally picked up a copy for myself.

I really liked it a lot. It reminded me a lot of Skinned but without all the language and sexual content, which I was grateful for. I found myself completely immersed in Jenna's life, discovering with her the secrets to her past, and the reality that is her future. I thought that the "possible future" that Mary Pearson created was absolutely fascinating, and what made it so fascinating was that it didn't seem that far-fetched at all. There are some dystopians that, although they are enjoyable to read, just feel like they could never actually happen. This, however, felt completely plausible.

I really felt for Jenna while she came to terms with what/who she was and what her parents did to (or for) her. It was heartbreaking to read about the way her grandmother treated her, and how she had to be hidden from the world in fear, and especially how she ultimately questioned her humanity and right to be alive. It made me think about what I would do if she were my child. How far would I go to save someone that I love? How far would I want someone to go to save me?

There were some slow and disappointing moments for me. I thought that the entire book had this intense build up, then the finally was kind-of anti-climactic. I also didn't feel like Dane's character was really resolved. I thought there could be a lot more there. However, I still really enjoyed reading it. It was entertaining, thought-provoking, and emotionally compelling, with a touch of mystery and romance.
I really liked it!

  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Language:  Moderate
  • Violence:  Mild
  • Other Notables: Some underage drinking


  1. Awesome review! I think this is one of the most original Ya books i've ever read and it's definitely a favortie :)

  2. Great review! I really enjoyed this book myself. I thought Jenna was a great character, but I agree the ending was a bit anti-climatic.

  3. Thanks guys!! I'm loving all these futuristic type books. Dystopians, Negative Utopia, Post-Apocalyptic and whatever else! :D

  4. So happy to see your review -- I just got the book yesterday.

  5. An incredibly unique concept for a novel, The Adoration of Jenna Fox was impossible to put down and the secret was much more interesting than I expected.
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