Book Review: “The Adoration of Jenna Fox”

“The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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 was not what I was expecting. I was expecting more of a contemporary fiction story like Notes to Self where the main character is trying to move on after an accident. Imagine my surprise when the sci-fi elements popped into the story!

The story was interesting because of the topic. Who wouldn’t want to save a loved one from death? I think we all wish we had that power. Well in this world, the medical technology exists so Jenna’s parents were able to pull her away from the brink of death. The compromise was she ended up being more technology than she was Jenna. It was a good story to make you think. Is it worth saving someone if 90% of them is artificial? Does that still make a person him or herself? Should we do things like this just because we have the technology? What would you do in this circumstance?

Writing was a bit disjointed. I understood what the author was going for. Jenna is still trying to piece together her memories. Her memories are a bit disjointed so naturally her narration should be disjointed. It just makes for awkward reading though.

While the story idea was interesting, I found everything else to be pretty blah. The characters were just okay. I didn’t love them but I didn’t hate them either. The story wasn’t out of this world but it wasn’t terrible either. It’s just one of those books that didn’t really leave an impression one way or the other.

The bottom line? It was okay.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Adoration of Jenna Fox”

  1. I totally agree with you. I was expecting so much more from this book! I thought it was a really interesting concept but most of the writing and the characters fell flat. I think the grandma was the most exciting and real character for me. I think I might read the second book, but I’m still undecided.

    • Glad I’m not the only one who thought the characters were flat. Hope the next book is better if you get a chance to read it. I think I’m going to pass on it.

  2. Bummer! I for some reason had this one my “must get” mental list…but I must have been thinking of something else. I will put this on my “if I want a YA book and it is available at the library” list – lol. Lovely review.

  3. I got the sequel to this book in the mail randomly, but I have yet to read it. I did like this one, though. It was back when I was getting into YA after not really reading it for ages…

  4. I read this book when it first came out and I remember liking it…but now I don’t really remember much about it other than the fact that I liked it. 🙂 So apparently I didn’t like it THAT much. 🙂 I guess time tells all, doesn’t it?

  5. This sounds like a really interesting concept for a story and like it would address a lot of really pertinent and timely questions (like Unwind does), but if it fell flat for you, I’m not sure I’ll bother. I would have pretty high expectations of a story like this!

    • Oh man, I didn’t even think about Unwind while reading this. I bet that’s why I didn’t love this book. This book wasn’t bad but I think Unwind might have ‘ruined’ me.

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