Rating: 4/5 stars.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a simply written story containing many complex issues. Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox awakens after an eighteen-month coma unaware of who she is – until the woman who claims to be her mother tells her her name. The memories of her life slowly come back to her, filling in the empty crevices of her mind with stories of happiness and friendship. The question is: who is Jenna Fox now? She has her parents, with her mom acting surreptitiously careful, and her dad with his fake smile. She sees her grandmother, but her grandmother doesn’t see her in the same way. Also, she begins to make friends at the local charter school. So how come she isn’t feeling 100% right with things as they are?
It is difficult to write a summary of this book without giving things away, because Mary Pearson utilizes foreshadowing as a major plot device. As much as I guessed the twists and turns of the novel, I was never exactly accurate, which was a good thing because it always kept me wondering what would happen next.
The best thing about this book was how it made me question our society’s use of science and medicine. What is the limit when it comes to saving lives? Should we be allowed to extend the natural human lifespan by using artificial means? Most importantly, what makes someone human?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a thoughtful story that will make readers ponder and question topics of humanity today.