I think this could have been a good book had it had a stronger ending... which is difficult because I believe it's actually non-fiction. I felt that t...moreI think this could have been a good book had it had a stronger ending... which is difficult because I believe it's actually non-fiction. I felt that the character made no big leaps or bounds at the end and that they weren't very redeemable. They hadn't overcome anything and it just kind of ended. Up until that point in the book I really enjoyed it, the writing was really readable.(less)
I've been looking at this book since it came out, but since it's in verse form (and therefore a really fast read, about two hours) I was really hesita...moreI've been looking at this book since it came out, but since it's in verse form (and therefore a really fast read, about two hours) I was really hesitant about buying it. Luckily, my library had a copy and I checked it out today.
The book balances out the romance and the depression very well. Although the jump to the end was very fast, I feel as if there could have been a hundred more pages because Ava made that emotional jump that was needed.
I thought the verse was bland. Lisa Schroeder is no Sonya Sones. In a verse book I feel like the verse should add to it and not just be a quicker way to write the book. This was particularly clear in the beginning when there was really no lyricality to the verses. They just seemed like short paragraphs.
Overall though I enjoyed the book. I think it made a nice bedtime story and I think a younger reader would enjoy it much more.(less)
What would you do to save a human life? And, better yet and perhaps more importantly, what defines a human life? In Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of...moreWhat would you do to save a human life? And, better yet and perhaps more importantly, what defines a human life? In Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox these are the two underlying issues of the book. On top of that though, is the dilemma every teen faces. Jenna is trying to figure out who she is.
It's hard to rave about this book without giving too much away. Even with what I've said already I'm scared that I'll have ruined the book for someone. The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a beautiful mystery. Pearson has crafted it very well. I "read" the book in audio format, usually listening to it when I walked home from work. Instead of pausing it and finishing it the next day I went and sat on my bed for the last few hours of the novel, the mystery was just that engaging!
The narration of the book is very lyrical. In fact, had I not bought hardcover of the book (yes! that's right, after having the book in audio I went out and bought a hard copy just so I could have it on my shelves) I never would have known that some of the book is actually written in poetry.
Jenna's character is very enduring because she faces many of the same problems that teens do. A main point in the book is her desire for freedom, even teens not in Jenna's circumstances deal with this. All the characters were very real, they could easily jump off the page. Lily, Allys, Ethan, Jenna's mother and father. All well done. This book has been optioned for a movie and I really hope that it doesn't fall apart because it could be something very beautiful.
Aside from the fact that this is one of the very few novels that really kept me on my toes and constantly guessing and re-guessing what was going on, I really liked how the mystery and science of the novel was still based on the issue every teen is dealing with. Jenna wants to know who she really is, and it's because of this that the book resonates so well.
I know this review doesn't say much. It's because the book is so chock full of mystery and suspense that there is very little I can really say about the book without ruining it for you, since the mystery makes the book I simply can't let that happen.