Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

I put this book on hold based on Tara's recommendation.  I liked it.

The story begins with a 17-year-old girl, Jenna Fox, who has come out of a year long coma and is struggling to remember everything.  I thought the beginning was a little boring, but I think that is intentional because Jenna is so awkward and confused at first.  It gets better as she makes friends, and begins to solve the mystery of her "accident" and her recently awakened self.

This is science fiction, and poses ethical questions about what might be possible in the future of bio-medical advances.  I thought that aspect was interesting, but really its just not my favorite genre.  What made this book interesting to me was the idea of how parents expectations or dreams for their kids influence their ethics.  I thought the title was very clever. 

"Jenna is so used to every move being recorded at this point that she seems to have surrendered herself to the adoration of Jenna Fox."

"Sometimes a person gets tired of being fixed all the time.  Where every little problem becomes a project.  Where every shortcoming needs to be addressed."

I don't expect my kids to be perfect (have you met my kids?), but I do want them to find one true passion and excel at it.  I want them to be good at something, or a few things, and reading this made me think about my dreams for them.  Do I adore my kids enough as their normal selves?

Although I found it thought-provoking from a parent's point of view, I think the best audience for this book is a female young adult.  Maybe 12-16?  I passed it on to my son who is 12, and he read it on the way too and from an outing and finished it.  He liked it too.  He did point out a few things they mention but don't develop much, but if I mention them it will spoil the book.


Kai said...

I've only recently discovered your blog & I REALLY enjoy your reviews! I'm an editor & anything to do with reading makes me so happy! It's very nice to meet you & I'll be 'visiting' daily! Smiles! said...

Glad you liked it:)

Cherie said...

Jessie and I both just read this one, too. I really enjoyed the book up until the end. I would have enjoyed it more if the author wrote more about how Jenna dealt with life once she discovered who she really was. It was like she finally figured it all out, then her friend is about to die - then years in the future. I didn't like the ending very much.

Kammy T said...

I thought the ending was pretty cheesy. I think only rarely does a glimpse of the far away future add much to a book. The story is continued in another book, but I haven't read it.