The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Published April 2008 by Henry Holt and Co/Square Fish 270 pages

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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? (Source: Goodreads)

This book started a little slow for me, because Jenna is having to piece together her life. Jenna was in a horrific accident and just awoke from a coma. She doesn’t remember anything and her parents aren’t really helping fill in the details. The only thing she has are a series of DVDs of her life. Her life is meticously documented. Kind of disturbing.

Once you know how science played a role in her current existance the book gets seriously intense. The Adoration of Jenna Fox is froth with discussion topics: role of science, ethics, living wills, religion, and the end parents will go to save their children. Also check out The Librarian Reads post.

WARNING may include SPOILER or OFFENSIVE content. I am plagued with always making connections with a book an anything that may be rolling around in my head. Most of this book, but this excerpt in paticular reminded me of part of one of Kat William’s stand up performances. EXTREME WARNING. Kat Williams uses lots of foul language. So if foul language bothers you, don’t watch. The first part of the clip sort of relates talking about his kid on ADHD meds, but the part for the excerpt starts at 4:40.

“Before the FSEB stepped in to regulate science labs, bioengineered plants and transgenic animals were being introduced into the food chain at the rate of dozens of species a year. Since these posed no direct health concern to humans, the FDA was approving these introductions at an alarming pace. But–“

I know where she is going. I shouldn’t interrupt, but my mouth is speaking before I can decide not to. “But no one looked at the effects of these new species intermingling with native populations? That’s the danger, isn’t it?”

“Exactly,” she answers. “They didn’t even consider the possibility. That’s why regulation is the key.”

“To make sure we don’t produce any lab monsters?” I offer. “Ones that might get out in the world and taint the original species?…” pg. 170

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4 responses to “The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

  1. Thanks for the link! I love this book!!! Still one of my fav. YA books of all time…

    P.S. Love the stand-up!

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