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  • Mar 29, 2010
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Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year long coma. She doesn't remember much of her life before the accident. All she knows about herself and her former life is what she is told and what she learns from the videos of herself that she is given to watch.

The not-too-distant future Ms. Pearson creates within these pages is both believable and intriguing. I enjoyed watching how Jenna uncovers in slow increments more and more of her life... but you know something is off right from the start. To be quite honest, this was what I enjoyed the most of this story. The suspense... WHO IS JENNA FOX?

I loved that we get little tidbits of pre-accident Jenna and how post-accident Jenna assimilates this information and then uses it to put the missing pieces together. I had all these different conspiracy theories going the whole time... is she a robot, is she a clone, is she an alien... Can I just tell you how much I loved not knowing. And the best part of it all, I never figured it out before Jenna did. That alone makes it worth the read.

At a glimpse this might seem like a story about a girl coming to terms with who she is and finding herself... but it is so much deeper than that. There are some strong messages scattered throughout the book dealing with religion, science, ethics, and humanity. But the one thing that really gripped me about this book was the thought... to what extent would a parent go to in order to save their child?

Although slow-paced, I found The Adoration of Jenna Fox to be utterly absorbing and highly thought-provoking. It contemplates one of life's great questions--"What makes us human?" Is it our body, our memories, our knowledge, or something else entirely? This is geared more towards older teens, but definitely a worthy read for adults as well. If you're like me who doesn't really enjoy science fiction, this book will prove you wrong. READ IT!

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review by . May 09, 2009
After waking from a year-long coma, Jenna has no idea who she is. She's been told her name and has watched the many home videos of her life but she still can't recall the details of her past life, who she was, and how she ended up in this situation. All she knows is that she was in a horrible accident. Little by little, memories start to come back to her, yet they are meaningless because Jenna doesn't understand their significance. And worst of all, Jenna can't remember the accident and what happened …
review by . November 19, 2008
Jenna Fox has no recollection of anything that happened before the day she woke up from her coma, a result of an accident that happened over a year ago. All she knows is what the people around her tell her: Matt and Claire, who claim to be her parents, and Lily who they say is her grandmother, but seems to hate her. And there are the videos--they've captured her life since the day she was born. But still, Jenna doesn't remember anything.    But she doesn't need to have memories …
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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox awakens after more than a year in a coma to find herself in a life—and a body—that she doesn't quite recognize. Her parents tell her that she's been in an accident, but much of her past identity and current situation remain a mystery to her: Why has her family abruptly moved from Boston to California, leaving all of her personal belongings behind? Why does her grandmother react to her with such antipathy? Why have her parents instructed her to make sure not to tell anyone about the circumstances of their move? And why can Jenna recite whole passages of Thoreau'sWalden, but remember next to nothing of her own past? As she watches family videos of her childhood, strange memories begin to surface, and she slowly realizes that a terrible secret is being kept from her. Pearson has constructed a gripping, believable vision of a future dystopia. She explores issues surrounding scientific ethics, the power of science, and the nature of the soul with grace, poetry, and an apt sense of drama and suspense. Some of the supporting characters are a bit underdeveloped, but Jenna herself is complex, interesting, and very real. 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.—Meredith Robbins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, New York City
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ISBN-10: 0805076689
ISBN-13: 978-0805076684
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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