The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Paperback | September 1, 2009

byMary E. Pearson

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Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?This fascinat...

Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Yea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.19 × 5.45 × 0.76 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312594410

ISBN - 13:9780312594411

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent story I actually saw this book on the shelves of my local library on several occassions but didn't get around to reading it until a few days ago, and once I started I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different. Jenna's whole situation was I'm not even going to say what the story entailed because I don't want to give anything away. But I will say that after reading it I was just left wondering why/how an author would write something like that. I wanted to know how she came up with this idea. Then I read the author's bio and it made sense. I'm going to say that this book is different. It's very modern...set in the future. I'm not sure how I feel about it overall. I have a lot of mixed feelings. Some of the relationships and people that Jenna encountered seemed sort of useless. I felt there should have been more emphasis placed on Jenna's relationship with her parents. Also, I didn't really like how Jena dealt with figuring out "the truth". I guess I was looking for a more badass rebellious teenager...which Jenna clearly wasn't.
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who is Jenna Fox? 17-year old Jenna has just woken up from being in a coma for over a year. She can’t remember anything. Her family (including her grandmother) has moved from Boston to California, in hopes that it will help with her recovery. Besides not remembering anything, though, there is something really odd about Jenna, and she knows it… But she can’t quite figure out what it is… This was really good. It’s set in the future and delves into bioethics, so there are some really interesting issues raised in the book.
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Adoration of Being Too Unrealistic The novel was about Jenna, who was in an accident, and spent a long time in a coma. The book begins with her healing, after she has woken up from her coma, and left the hospital. Jenna doesn't remember any memories of her life, and she even forgets the definitions of some simple words. As she watches home videos, in order to jog her memory, she is desperately trying to figure out who she was. As the novel continues, she decides she needs to move on with her life, even if she can't remember much of her past. However, Jenna finds that everyone is hiding something from her... like the fact that why her family moved away from their home right after she awoke from her coma, and why she remembers odd facts, but not memories. The novel continues about Jenna remembering memories of her life, and discovering the truth of what happened and who she really is now. Jenna spends most of the time thinking about how to take charge of her own life and not dwell in the past. The novel concludes in the future, but does not complete the story of what had ever happened to Jenna and how she overcame her hard life. The novel's plot was a bit slow, but interesting. However, I found that WHAT happened to Jenna very unrealistic... too unrealistic to even believe. The story was a quick and easy read, but a strange plotline.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent read for teens and up! The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson, tells the story of 17 year old Jenna, who's recently woken up from a terrible accident many years into our future. It was an accident that's left her amnesiac about her life. Her parents assure her that she'll remember who she is in time, but she's not sure they're telling the truth. Or that they even know the truth. As a means of remembrance, Jenna watches videos of her former life. Videos of a much adored girl. A perfect girl. A girl she's not sure she is anymore or can ever be again. Things in Jenna's life spiral out of control as she tries to create her own identity and learns the truth behind the accident and what her parents did after it in order to save her life. The novel examines the meaning of identity, the law, and the lengths parents will go to to save their child. It's well written, thought provoking, delightful and gut-wrenching. A great science fiction read for teens (even younger ones, as there's no 'content' issues with this book) and adults.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! Jenna Fox doesn't know how to smile. She's doesn't know how to walk. She doesn't know who her friends are. She doesn't know anything. When Jenna Fox woke up, she was informed that she had been in an accident. To her, everything is a blur. Her parents tell her about her life-they give her videorecordings of herself to watch. And yet Jenna feels that something isn't right. She doesn't feel like that girl in the videos. The Adoration of Jenna Fox was incredible. Taking place in the future, the novel has a lot of interesting technology. For example, Jenna was kept alive through the use of biotechnology. This brings up startingly questions from the novel involving how far we are willing to go for life and ethics that come with some forms of technology. It's the kind of novel that's impossible to put down! In addition, the Adoration of Jenna Fox is written beautifully. It's not really a mystery to the reader but it's fascinating to watch the story unfold in front of Jenna. This is the first novel that I've read by Mary Pearson and I'm looking forward to reading her older titles.
Date published: 2008-05-25

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I look at my fingers again, the ones that trembled and shook just a few days ago at Mr. Bender’s kitchen table. I bring them together, fingertip to fingertip, like a steeple. Each one perfect by appearance. But something is not . . . right. Something that I still have no word for. It is a dull twisting that snakes through me. Is this a tangled feeling that everyone my age feels? Or is it different? Am I different? I slide my steepled fingers, slowly, watching them interlace. Trying to interlace, like a clutched desperate prayer, but again, I feel like the hands I am lacing are not my own, like I have borrowed them from a twelve-fingered monster. And yet, when I count them, yes, there are ten. Ten exquisitely perfect, beautiful fingers.

Editorial Reviews

"* Raises the ante in unexpected ways until the very last page." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"* This is a beautiful blend of science fiction, medical thriller, and teen-relationship novel that melds into a seamless whole that will please fans of all three genres." -School Library Journal, starred review"* Outstanding examination of identity, science and ethics." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Readers will respond eagerly to this provocative novel." -Kirkus Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Special"What will hold readers most are the moral issues of betrayal, loyalty, sacrifice, and survival." -Booklist"Fascinating and thought provoking." -Kliatt"This novel is truly unlike any other I have ever read and is a breath of fresh air in the often predictable world of teen literature." -ELLEgirl"This is an amazingly powerful, thought-provoking, just brilliant novel." -Teen Book Review"An extraordinarily fine novel." -VOYA"Gut-punch plot twists." -The Seattle Times