Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Imagine waking up in a house you don't remember. Not only is the house different, but you can't even remember your name. This is what happens to seventeen year-old Jenna Fox after she wakes up from a year long coma that was induced from a terrible accident. Not remembering anything is the least of Jenna's problems. She constantly feels different, is having to relearn everything from smiling to walking and can't get along with her parents for the life of her. This would be an issue for any teen, but when her memory slowly starts to return and there are lots of gaps, she starts having questions. She wonders what really happened in the accident and was her life really as perfect as it was portrayed in all the home videos she has been forced to watch. Everything comes tumbling down when Jenna learns the truth, but will everything be the same as it used to be, or will Jenna change the person she used to be into the person she wants to be?

Sorry for the short summary, but I really can't give much of the story away or it would completely take away from the book. This was truly a remarkable novel. I had heard so many great things about this book that when I finally sat down to read it I had very high expectations. Needless to say the book blew every expectation I had out of the water, it was just that good. From the very first words I was hooked by Jenna's voice. She was so real and lonely that I found myself drawn to her like she was actually sitting in the room next to me recounting her story. The futuristic plot (not really too far into the future!) gripped me from the first pages and kept me in its grasp until the very last period. Now I won't give the ending away because that would just be horrible, but I have to say I loved it. I thought the author did a fantastic job tying up loose ends and really ending the story. She really left no room for improvement. Now my absolute favorite part of the book is not the great plot or real feeling characters, but the fact that the book made you actually think. Mary Pearson takes a subject that we really aren't familiar with and throws it in our face with Jenna's story. She makes us think about how we would feel if we were put in this kind of situation and what we would want to have happen to us. She does this in a non biased way too, creating characters who are both pro, con, and neutral towards the subject. You all need to just read this book, it was a completely refreshing read that has the power to allow us a sneak peek into what may just lay in store for us in the not so distant future.


Meredith said...

This was an amazing book. I thought it was just great. I loved it!

PJ Hoover said...

Yep, I loved this one too!

Anonymous said...

I loved it too- fantastic book with a wonderful concept.

Jessica Burkhart said...

I so want to read this. It sounds excellent!

Em said...

One day I will read this. It sounds so good. :)


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