07 May, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Review

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: 28 April 2008 by Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN 10/13: 0805076689 / 9780805076684

Category: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and Kindle Edition)
Keywords: Futuristic, Memory, Healing

How I found out about this book: Alethea listened to the audiobook for YABC, and later bought the hardcover when her husband insisted that something so quotable should definitely be taking up shelf space in their library. Kimberly borrowed the hardcover.

Kimberly's review: Who is Jenna Fox?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a beautiful multi-layered story of a girl and her search for herself. After waking from a year long coma, Jenna Fox's memory is almost wiped clean. She must relearn how to live, who she once was, and who she is now.

As the novel slowly unfolds, its depth is revealed in waves of prose with scattered poetry. At only 265 pages, it took me a couple of days to read. This book is small but dense and thick, and should be read slowly, savoring every word. Don't miss anything, or you'll be sorry! It's more than a simple identity story, more than a sci-fi YA story, more than a coming of age story. It's a life story, relearning and falling back into who you were and who you choose to be. And who others expect you to be and how you break that mold, or not.

Well written and vivid, I felt a real sense of the characters. Jenna's narration is a teenager struggling, helpless, sorrowful and yet strong and resourceful. She fights. She stands her ground. And she becomes who she was meant to be. Her cast of friends include the sweet Ethan, and the complicated Allys. Her parents are three dimensional, showing all the signs of love, wear and tear. Lily, her grandmother, is a beautiful character, the center of the family. I felt like she had such presence in the story, her voice always ringing with truth.

Alethea's review: I just loved this story! It brims with complexity, and while it asks a lot of questions, I don't think it provides a whole lot of answers--this makes it a fantastic discussion book. The central themes are gathered around the preciousness of life, the matter that makes the human soul, and identity--what shapes it? Whose responsibility is it? Are we a product of our genes, our choices, or a bit of both? Are we our parents' creations, or our own separate individuals?

And why does it matter?

As soon as you finish reading this book, you'll not only be looking for someone to talk to about it--you'll be looking for more! Good thing the series got picked up for two more books!

The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles, Book 2) will be out in August.

I have to add, The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a 5-star for me. I can't wait for the next one!

Visit the author online at www.marypearson.com, follow The Fox Chronicles on Facebook, and @MaryPearson on Twitter. You can also view the book trailer and other resources at www.whoisjennafox.com.

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Add this book to your Goodreads shelf, buy it now in paperback or hardcover, download the audiobook, and pre-order The Fox Inheritance!

Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)


  1. Oooo, Ahhhh, this looks goodddd! I actually have the book sitting on my bookshely, patiently waiting to be read. Thanks for the coolio review :]

    Nora, The Bookery

  2. Oh wow,

    I chanced upon this book a while ago, but didn't pay it much attention - but now I am reading your review, and realizing what a mistake that was. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  3. I liked this, and it has been very popular with my students as well.

  4. I really enjoyed this book as well. I agree, you have to keep our eyes peeled while reading this one! So many times a subtle comment or action was made that I wouldn't have realized unless I had paid attention earlier to understand its deeper meaning. Definitely a great discussion book! I had no idea there were going to be other books in this series! Thanks for letting me know, and great review!

  5. Thanks for reading everyone! I appreciate all the feedback and support!