The Compulsive Reader: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox has no recollection of anything that happened before the day she woke up from her coma, a result of an accident that happened over a year ago. All she knows is what the people around her tell her: Matt and Claire, who claim to be her parents, and Lily who they say is her grandmother, but seems to hate her. And there are the videos--they've captured her life since the day she was born. But still, Jenna doesn't remember anything.

But she doesn't need to have memories to understand that her parents are hiding something from her, or to realize that something has changed between the relationship she and Lily had in the videos and the cool words and coiled tension that lies between them now. Jenna doesn't need to remember the past to see that something is very wrong in the way her mother is overprotective and keeps her locked up in the house all day. But unfortunately for her, it just might be the key to discovering what truly happened after that horrific accident.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is cleverly written to pull readers in from the very first page with its relentless questions and mysterious air. Jenna's blunt voice and stark honesty make her a character to fall in love with, and sweeps readers right up into the mystery that is Jenna Fox. A combination of prose with scattered short poems within strike just the right balance in the story, giving it an understated and slightly foreboding air.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox also raises certain ethical questions and challenges readers as well intriguing them, giving the book more meaning and making it a more thought provoking and absorbing read by posing the simple question: who am I? Though the revelation of what really happened to Jenna is not as complex as what readers may have been expecting, it is nevertheless as affecting. You won't be able to get Jenna Fox out of your head.


Hillary said...

This looks like a really good book. I'll probably wait until it comes out in paperback though.

Okie said...

Nice. I've been reading a lot of "identity" books right now exploring the "who am I" question. This one sounds intriguing.

Anonymous said...

I want to read this book.

wdebo said...

Yeah, you read it! I really do love this book!


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