Saturday, February 20, 2010

Book Review - The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
By Mary E. Pearson

Reviewed by: C. K. Bryant

It's been a while since I've done a book review. I'm not sure if that's because my reading list has become quite scarce or if it is because I haven't been very impressed by what I've read. Either way, I couldn't go without telling everyone about this wonderful book.

Jenna Fox is a 17 year old girl whose been in a coma for the past year. When she wakes up, not knowing anything from her past, including her name, she feels lost and alone. As the days go by, she learns to walk again, speak again and eventually gets used to being called Jenna. But who is Jenna? She has no idea, and as she seeks to discover herself, finds that those around her, those who she's been told are her loved ones and those who care the most about her, have been keeping secrets. Jenna is NOT who she appears to be.

In an attempt to solve her own mystery, Jenna finds out things about herself she would have rather left forgotten.

Her inner struggle is poetically spread across the pages like no other I have ever read. The author's voice, Jenna's voice, is internal, deep and emotional. Her feelings pour out before you, making you a part of her life, sucking you into her sorrow and confusion. You laugh when she laughs, cry when she cries.

There were points in the book when I thought I had it all figured out, but then Jenna would discover something else about herself that pulled me right back into the mystery, searching right along with her to find the truth of it all. Even the ending, the last page, last sentence and last word, were a surprise. So much so, that I cried real tears. Not because it was sad, but because it touched my heart in a way no other book has.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox will forever be on my list of my favorites. And I must say it is a short list.

You can find out more about Jenna Fox, the book and the author by clicking HERE.


  1. This sounds like a great read. It's now added to my TBR pile.

  2. I LOVED this book. It was hugely influential to my own writing, in terms of craft and story. It is definitely one of my favorites!!

  3. Oooh... Christine! you have my hooked... must. get. this. book.

    Thank you!

  4. I think I'll have to read this one. I read David v. God by the same author, and I'm excited to read more since she's coming to Writing for Young Readers this summer.

  5. I just went and requested it from my library. Thanks for the tip!



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