The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
by Mary E. Pearson
ISBN-13: 9-780312-594411
Publisher: Macmillan, Square Fish (2009)

Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma – so she’s been told – and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.

What happeed to Jenna Fox? And who is she, really?

I don’t know what took me so long to finally read Jenna Fox, but I’m so glad I didn’t wait any longer! The Adoration of Jenna Fox is one of those books that weaves the science fiction elements so cleanly throughout the book that you could almost believe that you are reading about present day technologies and concepts.

Jenna wakes up from a year long comma with no to little memory. She is living with her mother and grand-mother, while her father occasionally comes to visit from their old hometown where he still lives and works. Jenna watches videos of the life she had before the accident, and as she goes to school and live her life, she slowly remembers who she used to be. Who Kara and Locke are (two names she never forgot) and what happened the day of the accident.

Since the reader is looking at the events in the story through Jenna’s eyes, we discover her past as she does, and are in the dark when she is in the dark. It is only slowly that we get to understand what happened during the day of the accident, and why Jenna has to live in a different state, for all intents and purposes, hiding from the world. As Jenna remembers, the reader begins to understand Jenna better, and what life and family/friends means to her. We discover who Kara and Locke are to Jenna, and why their names stayed with her despite the amnesia. As Jenna realizes who – what – she is, all the different emotions come through the writing loud and clear.

I really enjoyed Jenna’s character; even thought she doesn’t know who she is, the reader gets a wonderful sense of her personality. Lily, her grandmother, is also quiet interesting to learn about and her reactions are very on track with the situation. I didn’t really connect with the mother and father – I didn’t feel I got to know their characters well enough. On the other hand, even though we never see them, I felt connected to Kara and Locke through Jenna. She revolves around them for a long time, and a major part of the story is dedicated to the mystery of who they are to her.

The only part of the story I felt didn’t quite work, or really belong, was Dane’s character. I kept waiting for something more to happen, and it never did. He was intense, and creepy and it seems like he’ll cause something to happen to Jenna, but he just stays creepy. It was kind of a let down, actually. Aside from him, though, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a well-written book full of good story, characters and science fiction concepts, with intense moments of mystery driving it. It’s so good!

I won’t say too much for fear of spoilers. This is one book where the major plot points and ideas need to be discovered as you read. The story as to be lived as Jenna lives it.

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