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The Adoration of Jenna Fox

(Jenna Fox Chronicles #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  53,781 ratings  ·  4,844 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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Marianne Murray Not really. Does the main character find a boy friend? Yes, but the story doesn't revolve around it.…moreNot really. Does the main character find a boy friend? Yes, but the story doesn't revolve around it.(less)

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Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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Maggie Stiefvater
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 03, 2012 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 fr
Heidi The Reader
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Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Martha
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars.

I get why this book is liked by so many people.

Personally, I didn't connect to it or the characters. It is an interesting premise but I need stories that are preferably packed with drama, conflicts and emotions.
The issues explored here, the ethics and morals of what makes a human, are interesting, but too light. These topics are reflected in a superficial way, that although might be ideal for teenagers, it left me wanting, incomplete. I would have enjoyed the story more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

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 b
Neal Shusterman
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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...
Maggie ☘
“Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can't see the other. They don't know they are connected.”

Oh man, this was a strange one. How can a book be simple, yet complicated at the same time?

So strange that I don't even know how to rate it. I'm only sure that Pearson is a very talented author. Her Remnant Chronicles are among my all time favourite series and this one is so so different from it, in a good way
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Claude's Bookzone

Well this is quite a slow story with a very interesting premise.

Sadly I think the blurb gives away a bit too much as Readers will know what to expect and then, despite being a shortish novel, discover it takes a really long time to get there. It does pose some interesting philosophical questions about what makes us human, and how far a parent would go to save their child. I still think this is a solid YA book and will definitely be using it in booktalks. Starting book two!
Mar 14, 2013 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
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
UPDATE 2017: I definitely liked this book more the second time round!

I really don't know what to think of this one. I liked the philosophical aspects but I regret to admit I forced my way through the vast majority of this book.

Spoilers (perhaps)
I really liked all the ideas of keeping one's soul in a box and then reconstructing their body, thus bringing them back to life. The science behind that whole process was very well thought of. But I felt Jenna's discovery dragged a bit. The whole atmosph
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
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
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 didn't ...more
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
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 doesn't
★ 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.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
A consideration of questions of identity and ethics. Unusually good for YA, actually.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Adoration of Jenna Fox explores how far a parent will go to save a child. Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox is recovering from a terrible accident after spending over a year in a coma, and she remembers very little of her life. Slowly she remembers, and more about her life and the accident are revealed to the reader. The deception of Jenna's parents creates the major conflict of the story and drives the narrative.
Mary E. Pearson said in an interview that she was inspired to write this story when
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.

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.
Alana Kelly
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretendi ...more

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