Week 32–The Adoration of Jenna Fox

This novel was recommended to me by my sweet friend Kacie as a book that I personally would really enjoy.  She pitched it to me as a suspense novel, but didn’t tell me what it was about because the mystery is part of the fun.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=Bibliograph07-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003H4REEQ&fc1=F3EDED&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=040404&f=ifrI will do the same favor for you.  The novel is about a girl named Jenna Fox who has just woken up from a coma. She cannot remember anything about who she is: her name, her parents, her grandmother, her friends. All that she has are brief flashes of memory and the word of the person she’s been told to call Mom.  As the story progresses, however, the reader notices as Jenna does that there are some things that aren’t quite right. The things she’s being told and the things she’s noticing for herself do not add up.

The novel took turns that I most definitely did not see.  I enjoyed the suspense I felt, needing to know what actually happened to Jenna and why everyone seems to be hiding things from her.  Also, the novel is written in very small subchapters, and each section is divided by a page written in verse. Jenna also occasionally begins a chapter with definitions from the dictionary, giving indication of what the chapter will be about.  Though they are not major breaks from the usual pattern, these things serve to make the novel just that much more intriguing.

One of my favorite things about this book was the theme of identity, and the need for Jenna to be able to discover who she really is.  Jenna has a strong will, and does not allow the people around her to manipulate her. Her parents would gladly keep her in the dark on what is actually going on, and repeatedly tell her only half-truths.  But though they tell her that their secrets are for her own protection, Jenna insists on making decisions for herself and deciding what the path of her new life will be like. The fact that this teenage girl, at an age where so much of a person’s identity is defined by the people around you, is willing to blaze a trail of her own is one of the things I loved most about the novel. She has no recollection of her past, and must to all of her personality development again.  For a nerd like me, it only adds dimension to the novel.

I realize that this review doesn’t tell you much, but I’m reluctant to give any of the plot away.  You’ll just have to read this great book for yourself and find out what it’s all about!

ex libris


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