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The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  31,865 ratings  ·  3,850 reviews
Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

This fascinating novel represents a stunning new di
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.
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I confess, my reason for reading this novel was not very noble. When I added The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer to my TBR, a couple of astute friends informed me that this book's synopsis sounded strikingly similar to that of The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Naturally, I couldn't stay away from a possible rip-off controversy (I already have The Hunger Games/Battle Royale, The Giver/Matched, Twilight/Hush, Hush/Evermore "research" covered.) The jury is still out on The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I found th ...more
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May 23, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susan by: Martha
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May 06, 2012 Lora rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA science fiction
"The accident was over a year ago. I've been awake for two weeks. Over a year has vanished. I've gone from sixteen to seventeen. A second woman has been elected president. A twelfth planet has been named in the solar system. The last wild polar bear has died. Headline news that couldn't stir me. I slept through it all."

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox can't remember who she is. For the last year and a half she's been in a perpetual state of vegetation, and upon waking she can remember nothing from
Huh, interesting. This book is the short first person narrative of a teenaged girl, told in a string of tiny sections, sometimes just a sentence or two, as she and the reader piece together her memory after waking from an accident. Justine Larbalestier’s Liar is the short first person narrative of a teenaged girl, told in a string of tiny sections, sometimes just a sentence or two, as she deliberately obscures the truth and jerks the reader around. And yet Jenna Fox was the book I found artifici ...more
Teenage Jenna wakes up after an accident with no memory of who she is—though she knows all of Thoreau’s Walden by heart. As quickly becomes apparent, what’s going on is far more complex than a case of simple old amnesia! Jenna’s slow investigation into what really happened to her ensues.

I was disappointed by this. I said “slow investigation” above because I found the pacing almost glacial: the narrative slinks along, gradually uncovering twists that utterly failed to surprise me. It doesn’t he
Maggie Stiefvater
Aug 22, 2008 Maggie Stiefvater rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who liked Feed, How I Live Now
I can't say much about this book without being spoilery. I do have to say that because the plot relies so much on secrecy, I would've never picked it up based on the cryptic jacket flap -- I didn't touch it until I had heard so many recommendations I couldn't take it.

I can say this: The characterization is wonderful and consistent, the characters are likable, and the plot was surprising. Even as I guessed at the "twists" might be through the book, I was never quite right and even when I was clo
Mar 11, 2008 Molly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya

I kept hearing about this book (it was just optioned for a moveie, I believe?) and everyone said "the less you know about it coming to it, the better." So I won't say much here. Except that I'm seriously impressed at Mary Pearson's ability to go from writing a contemporary first novel like A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET to writing something so very different as this is.

Did I love reading it? No. Did I find it compelling? Yes. The most accurate reading experience I can compare it to is reading Susan Be
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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I love to read good books.
This is one of them.

I was a bit suspicious about it after seeing that the reviews were not that great, so I was a bit afraid to read it.. I love surprises too.

If you want a lot of action, this is not a book for you.
If you want something really funny, this is not a book for you.
If you want a 'teen-love story' this is not a book for you.
If you want something about future and technology and stuff like that.. well, you got it, this is not for you either.

This is a book
To say Jenna Fox is different might be the understatement of the year. She has five times the brain capacity of every other human being on the planet; she can quote entire passages of Thoreau without even blinking an eyelash; and her limbs move a bit out of sync with reality. But like every other teenager known to man, all she wants to do is fit in and to live a normal life.

To say THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX isn’t your typical novel doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of where this novel ac
LethalLovely~I'm Waiting & Fading & Floating Away
There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this novel. When I read the synopsis, I thought it would be like Skinned. They're both about teenage girls living in a Dystopian world who had "accidents". But this was so much more. Maybe it's because this book isn't part of a trilogy & I know that every word thats written will be the last. I won't hear more about the characters when I close this book. It will be done. Finished. I felt so much empathy for Jenna, stuck in a body she did ...more
★ Jess
This started off very well: Unique, fascinating characters. A wonderful premise and a heavy feeling of mystery and suspicion. However, as the book went on-I lost all interest. The plot went down hill, I couldnt care for the characters, and decided I was just not interested in the situation anymore.
A wonderful premise, but disappointing book.
Neal Shusterman
Really liked it. My kind of book. Posed so many questions on what it means to be alive, the nature of consciousness, and the choices we make for our children, right and wrong, good and bad...
Morgan F
I've been waiting to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox for four years, ever since I happened upon it while browsing in B&N. I bypassed it, but every time I saw that novel from then on I would say to myself "I'm going to read you one day" (I said it in a Southern accent too, but thats irrelevant). Well, I finally did. All that hype, four years worth, and I am not disappointed in the least, as a matter of fact.

Jenna Fox is a 17-year old girl who has just woken up after an 18 month coma. She doe
These thoughts are mine and no one else's. They exist nowhere else in the universe but within me.
When is a cell finally to small to hold our essence?

These are just a few of the musings of the adored Jenna Fox. I personally loved the "gray" pages and think that they beautifully represent the most inner workings of the human mind.

Don't read to much about this book though. It is so much better to have no idea what's coming in the storyline. I love books like this where you never would have guessed
I kept seeing rave reviews about this book - enough so that I couldn't resist getting a copy. I'm glad I did, b/c it was a great read and definitely one for my keepers shelf.

I really got into it. I found it to be pretty compelling for the most part and didn't even mind the science-y stuff :) I thought it was a very well thought out and presented premise and an original story.

The prose was just lovely to read and the way Pearson often varied it with verse style snippets was really kinda cool.

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 f ...more
Alana Kelly
I’m having a hard time summing this book up into a tidy little paragraph because it has a little of everything. The story is set in the not-too-distant future and, as the summary says, follows Jenna Fox who has just awoken from a coma. But it’s also so much more then that. This book makes you stop and think about what it is that makes us who we are and if our humanity is limited by the cells in our body. It also takes a deep look at family and how perspective can make all the difference.

I have t
How far would a parent go for a child?

3.5 stars. I enjoyed this easy-reading dystopian novel. It was well-written, and I found all the characters believable. I liked the use of dictionary descriptions to explain the different meanings of the words that Jenna lost. If you liked the Unwind series I think you will love this. The world building is not as thorough, but I found the journey to be more emotional, probably because there is only one point of view.

The Story: In the not-too-distant future,
The Adoration of Jenna Fox begins with seventeen year old Jenna as she emerges from a year long coma, and struggles to regain her life and her personality as she battles complete amnesia. She lives with her parents and grandma, but knows this only because they tell her this is so. She knows she was in an accident, but beyond that, her family is reluctant to reveal too many details of her prior life. Of course there is so much more to this story, but to say anymore would spoil it. For me, part of ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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What makes us human? How far would you go to save your child? What is ethically and morally right and wrong? These are heavy questions that the author will make the reader ponder long after the last page has been turned.

Jenna Fox has just woken up from over a year-long coma. She doesn't remember anything, but has fragments of memory that she is slowly trying to piece together. There are people there that say they are her parents, and another woman that is
Jenna was sixteen when she was in the accident that sent her into a coma. Now she is seventeen. She has just awoken from her coma. She is missing a year of her life, but more importantly, she is missing herself. She has no memories of herself, of life before the accident--of life at all. Her parents show her pictures, home videos, tell her stories, and slowly, Jenna begins to remember. But with her memories come the questions--what really happened after the accident? Why did her family leave the ...more
i am a little behind in getting to this book, but oh yes was it worth the wait. Jenna's story is completely bizzare and borderline insane, but it is sooo good. From about page 5 I was hooked.
If you haven't read this, do it. You will not regret it.

Enter Jenna, your pretty much typical teen. She strives for perfection. She has friends. She is normal. Then there is an accident. Jenna should have died, only she didn't. Her father is a Doctor of sorts. An inventor. He created something called Bio-gel
This book is magical and seriously the best book I have read in a long time. I know I rate alot of books 5 stars, but 5 stars only felt like such an understatement of this book and its quality. I am so frustrated that I can't put how life changing and alive this book is! The style the author has used, the wording, the careful construction of such a human, fragile and broken protagonist, the characters with their own problems and the deep thought-provoking lessons learnt are simply stunning.

A sto
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Jenna Fox only has 10% of her original brain, "The Butterfly" her mom says. The most important part. But Jenna is not sure because for one thing she is illegal. The law says you can't replace more than 49% of the brain. When Jenna wakes up from her coma she can't remember her life or why she lives in California now instead of Boston. Why none of her friends from her old life have called. Why her mom doesn't want her to go to school. Why she remembers history facts so easily. Why sh
Feb 02, 2010 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone (and yes, Julia, that includes you!!!)
Who is Jenna Fox?

Throughout this book I was asking myself this question along with Jenna Fox, a seventeen-year-old girl who had woken from a coma after a terrible accident.

Jenna doesn't know who she was-- or who is is, for that matter. She can't remember anything of her past, only memories from when she was just a mere baby (spanning from her baptisim to the time she almost drowned when she was two). The new Jenna can't eat real food. The new Jenna can't leave the house. The new Jenna can't rec
Sita Sargeant
Oct 24, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I have no clue...
Recommended to Sita by: No one...
I feel like such a bad person for saying this.


…But I really did not like this book. I can see why people did, but me personally. I really didn’t like it. So now you are probably sitting back in your seat wondering Why the hell not? Everyone else loved it! And I will tell you why, in a short list.

1. I could not connect with the main character. Sure she was going through that (not going to give it away). But really how she handled it, I don’t know. I probably would have done the same thing. I ju
Jenna awakes from an eighteen-month comma unable to remember who she is or those who are the closest to her. All that she knows is, is what she is told, she was in an accident. When her memories do start to come back, they are only in bits and pieces but something isn’t right. Jenna has memories of herself as an infant, and although she can’t remember anything about herself, she knows an unprecedented amount about world history. It doesn’t take Jenna long to figure out that a huge secret is bein ...more
Yet again I'm dithering between ratings - 3 seems too mean, given my appreciation for the size of the issues Pearson took on, but 4 seems a bit more than I really feel, given my reservations.

No need to do a proper review, as so many people will have heard all about the book and the set-up. One thing that surprises me though, is that I haven't seen anyone refer to Peter Dickinson's Eva, another YA book dealing with the same situation.

In general I really liked all the questions Pearson raised - ho
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I suppose I have always been enamored with story and character. My mother tells me I could be the most annoying little kid, waking up each day as a new character. Every morning she would have to ask me "who" I was for that day, because unless properly addressed I refused to answer anyone.

One time when I was about four years old, my parents were out shopping at Sears. They each thought the other h
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