Friday, June 18, 2010

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

     When Jenna wakes up from a coma, she doesn't remember anything about the previous 17 years of her life or the horrendous accident that put her into the hospital. She tries desperately to remember who she was and to be the Jenna that her parents want her to be. Jenna can't shake the feeling that, despite the countless home videos and pieces of information her parents have shown her, she isn't getting the whole story. So, as she begins to find her memories she also searches for answers.

     I was caught up in Jenna's struggles from the beginning. She is naive but quickly learns not to accept everything she is told as truth. Jenna becomes self-reliant because she must, but she can't shake the need to get the approval of her parents. Who can honestly say they have never wanted to please someone in their lives? 
     Jenna's most difficult lesson to learn seemed to be the meaning of humanity. What does it mean to be human? I have blue-green eyes and curly brown hair. I have a brother and a sister, a mother and a father. I have a name, a birthday, and blood running through my veins. Does that make me human? Maybe our physical appearances don't actually have much to do with our humanity, maybe what really bonds us together as men and women is our ability to love. Our consciences and emotions, the intangible things, make us human. 
     The Adoration of Jenna Fox was engaging. It made you think beyond what was being said. I loved how Pearson was able to develop Jenna so thoroughly by the end of the novel.
     Rating: 8.5
     If you'd like to find this book, check out these places: Amazon and Books a Million.

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