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

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  38,605 Ratings  ·  4,358 Reviews
Everything is different

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma - so she's been told - and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her famil
Paperback, 265 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Square Fish (first published April 29th 2008)
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Apr 30, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, 2011
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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Maggie Stiefvater
Aug 22, 2008 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cait (Paper Fury)
I'm definitely a crank minority here but:I was totally bored while reading this. I KNEW THE PLOT TWISTS. Like, a few chapters in....I just guessed everything. So that took all the punch out of the story for me. Was it too heavily foreshadowed? Am I just a genius? We can never know. (I'm gonna go for the "genius" theory, though.) But I honestly found myself trying to just stay awake while reading this.

The plot was kind of this hybrid of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Everything, Everything. It's
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
Apr 17, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Martha
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Apr 03, 2012 Lora rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Jan 11, 2011 Ariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, series

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
Mar 11, 2008 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Shannon (leaninglights)
I really enjoyed this book. It's thought-provoking yet simple and straight to the point. Just read the synopsis for book 2 and ahh, I can't wait to read it. I only docked it to 4-stars because the pacing was a bit slow in the middle. Otherwise, a great read I recommend!
Neal Shusterman
Mar 20, 2011 Neal Shusterman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Mar 14, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2010 Desperado rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is a fan of Dystopian fiction.
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
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.
Jan 26, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audio and I really tried to like it but I was literally DYING during the last two hours. I don't know if I've ever wanted an audiobook to end so badly.


I thought Jenna was an absurdly annoying character and I saw the twist coming a mile away. Mary E. Pearson is a fantastic author (I really enjoyed Kiss of Deception) but not even her writing could save this book. I didn't care for a single character in this book. The love interest was boring. The antagonist was... well, I co
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
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
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
I feel so bad to DNF this book because I love Mary Pearson and I adored her Remnant Chronicles but this one is not doing it for me.
Everything I will say from now on will sound like blasphemy to me and I almost type it with my eyes closed because I can't stand saying negative stuff about a Pearson reminded me of... oh God... I'm gonna say it. I'm gonna say it and I'll end up in hell but that's the truth.
It reminded me of We Were Liars.
There. I said it.
Jan 01, 2011 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mila BlackSheep BS
“When you are perfect, is there anywhere else to go?”

I always have a problem when it comes to reviewing a book a liked. I become much less articulate and descriptive because all I want to do is shove this book into everyone’s faces and say READ IT until they do.


(imagine this, but a touch less agressive)

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a book about family, about humanity and friendship. It was so incredible seeing these characters, all so flawed and complex in their own way, navigating through th
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.

Jul 12, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Adoration of Jenna Fox is an emotional story of a girl deciding how her humanity works and how a parents love for their child may mean doing anything, maybe even something they shouldn't have done, to save their child. I found Jenna's experience to be so sad yet true. How do you deal with such a changed life. Deal with a friend who doesn't believe you should be allowed to live. A boy that sees who you are but loves you. But you don't know who you are. I loved every surprise and
Ayse Kelce
Jul 19, 2016 Ayse Kelce rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Kitabın verdiği mesajlar ve değindiği bazı problemler çok hoştu ama puan kırmamı sağlayan bir yönü vardı ki o da kurgudaki bariz eksiklikti.
Roman içinde sınırlandıracak olursak asıl üzerine basılan şey Jenna Fox'un kişisel gelişimi olduğundan diğer bazı olay ve karakterlerin sonuca bağlanamadığını fark ettim.
Dane ve Ethan için biraz daha farklı perspektiflerden bahsedilmesi ve motivasyonların daha sağlam olması gerektiği görüşündeyim. Bunun dışında Lily, aynı kitabın başında tahmin ettiğim gibi
Alana Kelly
Aug 25, 2009 Alana Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2014 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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,
Mar 15, 2009 Jessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This 272 page book took me forever to read! I wanted to put it down and be done with it so many times--but I didn't and oh how I wished I had! The characters in this book are very cold and it was very difficult to try and have any sympathy for them or identify with them. The parents would do anything to save their child, yet they wanted more to control her than to love and accept her. They videotaped every waking moment of her life which to me seems pretty creepy. The main character is extremely ...more
Arielle Walker
Mar 21, 2012 Arielle Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
I really, really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately there were a few things that stopped me giving it the full 5 stars. These all somewhat followed the same theme - lack of clarity, and slightly forced writing.

Firstly, there was the issue of Dane. It is made very apparent that he is "bad" - but more because we are told this, than from being led to really feel this way. There's a reason "show, not tell" is so often cited as a rule of good writing! I found (view spoiler)
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
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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.

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