Saturday, August 7, 2010

How They Love Her

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Written by: Mary E. Pearson

Released: April 29, 2008 by Henry Holt & Co.

Summary: Who is Jenna Fox?

Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she’s still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her home movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen?

Little by little, Jenna begins to remember. Along with the memories come questions—questions no one wants to answer for her. What really happened after the accident?

In this fascinating novel, acclaimed author Mary E. Pearson presents an unforgettable look at one human life and a glimpse into a possible future that may be closer than we think.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into reading this book, and I’m still not too sure what I think about it other than I liked reading it.

Back in July when I was reading this book (this review is long overdue) I couldn’t help but notice how similar this book was to Robin Wasserman’s Skinned. Now, since I’m lazy and I don’t feel like writing out everything again, I’m going to direct you to my post.

Now, after reading, I still feel the same way – that The Adoration of Jenna Fox took a different path from the same starting point of Skinned – however until I can read Wired this September I can’t fully compare the two.

So, I’m going to focus on everything else.

Jenna Fox as a character was one who I didn’t really connect with but I didn’t hate her. She just fell flat for me, which is understandable since she didn’t even know herself so how could the reader get to know her properly. As Jenna regained a sense of self, I did start to enjoy reading about her more, but even at the end of the novel I didn’t find myself caring all that much.

I enjoyed reading the science part of the science fiction aspect of the novel; the entire debate of how or if things should be regulated is one that really relates to how life is now. Medical ethics is something that the book really delves into and it’s really interesting. Also, the lengths that a parent will go to in order to keep their child with them, medical or no, are ones that sort of scare me with this book but I can also completely understand where it was coming from.

Anyways, I’ve babbled enough about this book (does it even all make sense?) so I’m just going to rate it a 7/10 and leave it at that.

On a side note, here are other versions of covers for this book. Aren’t they all gorgeous? I love them all for different reasons.

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