Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer Hiatus Review - The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox can’t remember anything about herself. She doesn’t know her name, recognize her parents, or have any memories of the past that would help her to fit into a new and strange life among people who she doesn’t know and who don’t understand her. She’s told that she was in a terrible accident but she knows that there are some things that her over protective parents are not telling her. When bits and pieces of her former life begin to come together Jenna discovers a shocking truth about herself, her memories, her friends, and ultimately, her new life. In a world where technology is taking over and anything can happen, that “anything” happens to Jenna. And while some people may be supportive of these new advances, others are deeply opposed. Will Jenna be able to sort out what she believes and discover who she was and who she is to become?

I adored (haha) this book so much. I think the main thing that made the whole story work was that it covered an extremely interesting topic and dealt with the difficult subject of mortality in a manner that didn’t force an opinion and yet still kept the book intriguing and semi-light. When you write about a heavy subject, it has a tendency to bring the book down and sometimes that’s a good thing, but in The Adoration of Jenna Fox, the story was written in such a way that it forced you to think and still kept the story moving. And it wasn’t just the topic of the book that made it so good, it was also the whole style of it; writing and otherwise. I liked how there were little poems and dictionary excerpts dispersed throughout the book. It helped to keep everything interesting and fresh which is always good. The writing style of the book was perfect too. It was flowing, smooth, and fit the whole book perfectly. It’s not often that you find a writing style that compliments and enhances a book rather than just tell the story. I also loved, loved, loved the cover. You’re never going to see a book cover much more beautiful than this one. Don’t you think? And that’s really a huge factor in a book because that’s the first thing you see. I think the whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” thing is actually rather misguided because the cover is a big part of how people are going to perceive a book. If it has a cheesy or bad cover, that’s what people are going to expect of the story and that’s probably actually a good assumption because if the publishing people haven’t spent a bunch of time on the visual aspect of the book, why would they pay attention to the writing? I’m rambling though. For me, the whole entire book was marvelous and couldn’t be improved any more. It was addicting, interesting, valuable, and pretty much just fabulous. I’m sad that I waited this long to read it! I highly recommend that you go out and pick up a copy soon; I’m sure it’ll be worth it.


  1. I've been hearing great things about this book. Can't wait to read it myself.

  2. I've only heard good things about this book; I need to get my hands on it!

    Great review as always - I'm having a contest on my blog, don't forget to check it out!

  3. I've seen lots of good reviews for this book. Now I really want to read it.

  4. Great review- I loved this book too. It was just simply amazing, breath-taking, and really made you think. I need to read more of Pearson's stuff.


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