Friday, October 30, 2009

Review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

My rating: 4.5/5.0

This was my first read of the fall Read-a-Thon and I didn't even want to put this book down each hour to do a quick tweet and summary.

About the Book:
Who is Jenna Fox?

Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she's still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her home movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen?

Little by little, Jenna begins to remember. Along with the memories come questions—questions no one wants to answer for her. What really happened after the accident?

My Review:

It's a fascinating what-if story that really tugs at your soul. I can see both sides of the issue at stake in this book - what it's like to be the teenager and what it's like to be the parents since I am a parent. This is a young adult book but I believe it will appeal to the young and old alike.

I really enjoyed how the suspense builds and how Jenna would find out a little and then a little more until the whole story finally unfolds. The plotting is done really well to keep the book moving along. The characters are also very interesting. I enjoyed getting to know Jenna, Lily, Ethan and Allys. They were well done and very sympathetic and real characters. You see each of their struggles with what this situation has given them.

I think my only complaint with the book was there were a few other characters added and then never really fleshed out much and for some reason it bothered me in this book. I almost felt like if the author introduced them, there should be more about them, but that probably stems from the fact that the main characters are fleshed out so well. And my complaint is very small because overall this is an outstanding young adult novel.

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Melissa said...

I've been wanting to read this for so long. I'm happy to hear that you liked it.

Melanie said...

I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while as well. I'm glad to see another favorable review!

reviewsbylola said...

I considered this book recently but never ended up following through. Your review has convinced me I should read it!

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