Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox awakens after more than a year in a coma to find herself in a life—and a body—that she doesn't quite recognize. Her parents tell her that she's been in an accident, but much of her past identity and current situation remain a mystery to her: Why has her family abruptly moved from Boston to California, leaving all of her personal belongings behind? Why does her grandmother react to her with such antipathy? Why have her parents instructed her to make sure not to tell anyone about the circumstances of their move? And why can Jenna recite whole passages of Thoreau's Walden, but remember next to nothing of her own past? As she watches family videos of her childhood, strange memories begin to surface, and she slowly realizes that a terrible secret is being kept from her.
Beth says 4.5 stars...
This book confused me at the beginning. I wasn't exactly sure what was going on, but then neither was Jenna, the main character. This book definitely made me think. It wasn't afraid to ask what makes us human. It also questions the future of medicine and the extent we play God. It thoughtfully posed these questions through the story of Jenna. Jenna was very well developed and had many layers. Her journey, though a bid discombobulated, was striking. The plot moved along beautifully and remained interesting. I was pulled into the book and couldn't get out. The relationships and emotions were well done, but a bit extreme. The exremity was warranted occasionally, but it still made the book feel a bit less realistic. This book made me think, and brought issues to the front of my mind. Overall, beautifully written, and something everyone should read.


celi.a said...

Thanks for your review! Actually may pick this up, now...

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