Rated Reads

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

by Mary E. Pearson

Rated: Mild

There was an accident. That’s all Jenna knows. And she only knows it because her parents have told her — since waking up from her coma, she has no memories of anything. She slowly tries to piece together her current life: learning about the people who say they are her parents, becoming comfortable in her home, getting used to walking again. Somewhere in this process, bits and pieces of her past begin to come back at the same time that Jenna tries to figure out who the new Jenna is.

I’m going to stop here and if you haven’t read it and you like young adult books, I’d suggest going to your nearest public library or independent bookstore and reading it before reading any more of my review. I read it knowing nothing about it and really enjoyed the journey. While I was able to guess at some things, it still gripped me.

OK. Now, if you’re interested in more information before reading: Wow, this book is a ride. In a biotech future, Jenna Fox’s world is a place where if we can imagine it, we can make it — but we can’t always control the consequences. This book is so full of philosophical questions, it almost made my head hurt. What part of us is there that is truly our essence; which part is it that we can call human? Is there a time to stop the progress of medical technology, or does everyone have a right to a long and full life? I love the ethical discussions, much like Unwound by Neal Shusterman. Totally different plot, but similar questions.

So I liked it a lot. Interesting characters. A poetic and purposeful writing style. So many things to think about.

Rated: Mild, for 9 uses of a crude word and multiple uses of the “h” word. Some teenage kissing.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

2 Responses to The Adoration of Jenna Fox

  1. Nancy says:

    My mom just told me my 11 year old niece read this book and wants to read more by this author. Thoughts? The recommendation for this book is 8th grade and up and the main character is 17… which makes me think an 11 year old shouldn’t be reading it. But I’d love your insight. Thanks. (From a fellow Rated Reads reviewer.)

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  • by Mary E. Pearson
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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