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The Adoration Of Jenna Fox
'Why can I remember the details of the French Revolution but I can't remember if I ever had a best friend?'
When Jenna wakes following her accident, her recovery is slow. One day she can't walk; the next she can. One day her right eyelid droops; the next it doesn't.
But at what cost has her recovery come? What are her parents hiding from her? And why does her grandmother, Lily, hate her so?
When the memories do come, they're more than anyone bargained for, and as Jenna struggles to work out who she is, and what exactly makes us who we are, one thing becomes very clear: Jenna Fox is no ordinary teenage girl.
Who is Jenna Fox?
I personally found this book to be pretty typical of the genre. MC (main character) has no memory, but it slowly comes back. Starts to investigate their own past, because they haven't read enough books to realise that the truths they will reveal while doing so will not be anything they'll like. Discover parents have been lying to them but unsure what about. Massive confrontation. Shock. Promise to do something. End.
I’m really disappointed that I didn’t like this book. I’d heard amazing things about The Adoration of Jenna Fox and I simply didn’t feel the same way. The plot seemed really intriguing from reading the blurb, but the actual book was a lot less fascinating than I hoped. The first page drew me in, but after that I lost interest. The story was interesting enough at first, however I wanted more action from the beginning. The start of this novel was mainly about Jenna trying to remember her past and relearning the things she’s forgotten. Nothing major was happening and I didn’t feel as though it would be a great loss if I stopped reading the book before the end.
The way this book was written irritated me. I didn’t like how it wasn’t set out like a normal book: there weren’t any proper chapters. I hated the pages in the book that were dark grey and had little amounts of text on it. It seemed like the author was trying to add a different kind of writing style to selected parts of the book. I felt like it was some bad attempt at a poem. I gained nothing from those pages except that I realised I don’t like it when authors write half a sentence on one line and the other half of the sentence on another line. What was that all about? Perhaps the author was trying to be ‘new’ and ‘different’, but I really didn’t like it. Another thing I didn’t like about the way this book was written was the dialogue. I didn’t find it at all interesting. I felt no spark between any characters in the dialogue and it didn’t hit me on an emotional level, unlike other books I’ve read.
In some places, the plot was quite predictable. I figured out what was going to happen before Jenna did and that really annoyed me. I liked to be surprised when I read books, not be screaming at the characters to realise something when they were obviously too stupid to realise it themselves. I found myself groaning the word ‘boring’ as I struggled to make it to the end of this book. The only part of this book I liked was pages 108 – 123 (pages numbers may vary depending on which edition of the book). When I when this part of the book, I thought: Hooray! Maybe the book will start being more interesting now! Unfortunately, my excitement didn’t last for long. Those fifteen pages were really good. The best part in the entire novel. It’s just a shame this part didn’t come earlier on in the book and that I didn’t feel more interested after reading those pages. The exciting part had come and gone in the blink of an eye. Then it was back to working my way through the book until the ending. Even the ending wasn’t that good. I don’t feel compelled to read the next book in the series and I feel like reading this book was a waste of time that I could have spent reading something far more stimulating.
I felt nothing for the characters in this book. In a book, we’re meant to feel connected to the main character and want them to be successful in whatever they are trying to achieve. In this book, I couldn’t have cared less if Jenna died. I didn’t feel connected to her in any way. I didn’t feel anything for Jenna’s ‘love interest’, if you could even call it that. All Jenna and this guy did was kiss a couple of times. They had two half-decent conversations, the rest of the time their conversations were not impressive. I didn’t feel a spark between them at all. I didn’t hate the guy, I just didn’t like him. He was hardly special. I felt the same way about all of the other characters.
I’ve read so many books like this one and it didn’t stick out to me as being one of the best. The plot was too slow and the twists were hardly twists, seeing as I figured out most of them before they were uncovered. I understand that the author was trying to convey messages about what it meant to be human, but I felt like it could have been done better.
Synopsis: The story revolves around a seventeen year old girl who has just woken up from a coma. A year has already passed since the accident and she arises with an empty mind. Trying to figure out who she really is, and rejecting the 'fairytale' her parents give her, she bumps into 'new friends', Her friends have helped her to remember what life feels like; Ethan revived the word love, Allys friendship, and Mr. Bender, hope. When she finally decides to start fresh, her choice is altered by her disturbing findings; her father has invented a 'miracle medicine', her parents have done something illegal, she is known to be dead. But what provoked her the most was that she was illegal. And she doesn't even know what percentage of her IS Jenna Fox.
Favourite Character: My favourite character would be Jenna's grandmother, Lily. She is very true to herself, and despite her unknown hate for Jenna, she helps her to find out who or what she really is. She's always standing up for what's right, but is there to support her daughter, Jenna's mom, even after the mistakes she made and help her back on her feet.
Favourite Part: I have MANY favourite part from this amazing book! One part though, that means a lot to me, is when she decides that no matter how much of her was still her, or how wrong her parents were for not telling her the truth, she is still Jenna Fox. And that her parents would die for her; anything to give their daughter 'the life'. So she forgives them, and lets them hold her in their arms, lets them comfort her through her troubles.
Recommendation: Although the book says: "For secondary school age", I would say trom ages 11 and up. The book is enjoyable for all ages, boy of girl, sad or happy; it's for everyone. I would also recommend that schools share this book and read it in their classes. It will educate the young generation about possibilities for the future, with the overuse of technology, too many vaccinations. Surely, this is an all-time favourite book of mine.
Before the accident she was Jenna Fox, a sixteen year old who followed the rules, who was her parents' miracle child, who was perfect. After the accident she was no longer sure she was Jenna Fox. She was no longer sure who Jenna Fox was.
When she awoke she cried, she didn't remember doing that. When she awoke her family was with her; her watching father who was soon to leave her, her over protective mother who would not leave her side, and her grandmother who now despised her. They were all there but she didn't remember them.
When she awoke it was to a different world, a different city on the other side of the country, a different house unfilled and dilapidated, a different room bare and impersonal. What had happened for them to move so far, what had happened to all her belongings, what had happened to her?
As everyone around her tries to convince her of who she was she realises she no longer knows what she is. What is she if she can not understand the world around her, if words she once knew escape her, if voices she once heard still call to her? Is who she is now enough to exist, enough to be loved? Can she still be Jenna Fox without knowing anything about her?
The Adoration Of Jenna Fox is about definitions, acceptance and ethics. A captivating and moving mystery of life and change that demonstrates the blinding power of love, and how far people will go to save the ones they love.