Who is Jenna Fox?
Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson’s vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication. (Goodreads summary)
With a slight sci-fi bent and a beautiful use of language, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a poignant, gorgeously introspective book about what it truly means to be an individual, the nature of grief and loss, and the sheer ferocity of a parent’s love. This novel held so much depth, and many times I found myself blown away by Pearson’s keen and honest insights about life through Jenna’s inner monologue.
Jenna, her parent’s miracle baby, has long felt weighed down by the enormity of their expectations for her. For so long, she’s felt the need to pursue perfection to please them — to keep their love and approval. It’s interesting to watch her interactions with her parents and grandmother evolve as Jenna rediscovers and reinvents herself in the aftermath of her accident. Ironically, Jenna just may find the tragedy that forever altered her life, may just have given her the freedom she needs to be her own person.
Overall, Jenna’s journey to discover who she is and who she was will resonate with readers on many levels, as she questions who or what defines a person, what gives us worth and what really makes us human.
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Title: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles (Book #1)
Published: April 29th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Paperback, 265 pages; Kindle; Nook