Review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox

I have a long commute and this fact takes away from my reading time, but I found a way around it with audiobooks. I go thru at least 4 to 5 a month. Recently I listened to The Adoration of Jenna Fox and weeks later it still is with me. At first I did not want to review it because it had been released over a year ago and because I did not have a book at my disposal that I could not go back and re-read certain passages to confirm my thoughts and views. Yet, I realized that when I looked over my book notes I had put some thoughts and ideas about this book down on paper and decided to pursue this review.

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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 29, 2008)

Who is Jenna Fox?

Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she's still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen.....


Jenna Fox awakens from a year-long comma and does not remember... anything. She is told by those that claim to be her parents of who she is and is given video's in order to piece together the fragments of her recovering memory. As she watches these video vingets of her life she begins to ponder about who is Jenna Fox?

The person on the screen looks like her, but her ever inquistive mind is always searching for more answers. One minute she is not able to utter a sentence and the next she is spouting Thoreau. She is questioning everything and then she pushes forward to go to school where sge encounters a diverse group of classmates. Here she meets Dane the neighborhood kid who's humanity is masked in dark emptiness. Ethan, whom Jenna is attracted to but seems distant as if he is hiding a dangerous secret and Alice who has many medical issues and prosthetic limbs, but is heavily involved in the federal ethics committee that is now governing medical procedures.
It is at this point that Jenna learns about the 100 points lifetime allotment system that is used for medical reasons, she learns that a limb replacement is only low on the point scale. And yet other procedures would be much much more...

As Jenna begins to explore the world around her, the secrets and mysteries that are her life slowly become revealed. Remembering what Alice has explained about the lifetime points, Jenna comes to realize that there are even deeper secrets about her that she must uncover. Why did her parents move from Boston to California if her health was so critical. Where are her friends and why can she not contact them? Why are they so secluded from everyone. Is it to protect her from those that were involved with the accident? Or does it have more far-reaching medical and ethical implications?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, because it makes you think in depth about our society and future as a civilization. Where are scienctific advances taking us? What is it that 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 have you contemplating long after the last word has been read.

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