Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles, book one
Published by Macmillan on 2009-09-01
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.
I know that this book isn’t new but I had to blog about it anyway! I read it in November and absolutely loved it!! It gives you so much to think about and discuss! I’ve passed it around to a number of teachers and students that I work with and they’ve really enjoyed it as well. Actually, I ordered it for our book room and the students have been reading it in literature circles too! It’s such a great mix of genres. It’s sci-fi but seems realistic. There are relationship issues but it’s not too girly. And then you add the medical mystery/thriller aspect….it just gets better and better!! I honestly couldn’t put it down. We meet seventeen-year-old Jenna as she is waking up from a year long coma. She doesn’t remember who she is or what her life was like. All she knows is that she just feels “off”….you know, not quite right. This odd feeling grows as Jenna learns more about her life and her family. Why would she wake up right after her family moves across the country? Is that a coincidence? And…why does her grandmother, who seems so adoring in videos, avoid her and treat her as if she isn’t herself? Plus there’s the fact that Jenna can’t remember anything about her life yet she can recite whole passages of literature she doesn’t ever remember reading… it’s just too weird. Jenna’s story draws you in as she discovers more about herself and those around her. It’s a book I would recommend to almost any reader!