Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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

(summary from goodreads)

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? 

In this fascinating novel, acclaimed author Mary E. Pearson presents an unforgettable look at one human life and a glimpse into a possible future that may be closer than we think.


This story had a very interesting premise to it. I mean, girl's in accident, girl should be dead, girl lives, girl doesn't know if her memories are her own. Who wouldn't be interested in that? When I first picked up this book I didn't realize that it took place some time in the future. This led to quite some confusion on my part. But once I figured that out it was pretty smooth sailing. It was an adventure, to say the least, to go through the book with Jenna and try to solve the problem of who she is and what happened in her past.

In my opinion Jenna was an okay character. A bit confusing at times, but hey, she doesn't know much about herself, so she's bound to be a bit confusing. Ethan, however, I did like. He seemed like a really sweet guy, but it also seemed like he wasn't a very well developed character. One of my biggest problem with this book was Dane. The guy was really weird, to put it bluntly. And there was never an explanation for why he went off and acted like he did. Characterwise, I believe the book was saved by Jenna's parents. They acted like most parents would in the situation they were in: scared for their daughter and very overprotective. This made them seem much more real to me.

I loved the writing in this book. It was in first person, which I love, and that really let me see the confusion that was Jenna, because it was her words and her thoughts. The only thing I was confused by were the poem like entries throughout the book. Was it Jenna talking? Was it before or after the accident?

Overall, this is an interesting book with a protagonist who is faced with a peculiar problem. Although some characters were lacking and the writing a bit confusing, the story itself was worth it. 

1 comment:

Small Review said...

I loved this book and I agree with what you wrote in your review. I wish we were given more answers with Dane. It seemed like he was being developed for some sort of action, and then nothing happened with him.

Still, even with that this was one of my favorite reads of 2010.


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