The Adoration of Jenna Fox: The Jenna Fox Chronicles, Book 1

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Amnesia's just the half of it for post-coma teen.
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age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Parents break the law to save their child, but the book does a good job of weighing what the sacrifices were and how their controversial decisions affected their child.

Violence

Jenna is almost attacked by a male classmate, and she fights back before help arrives. Jenna breaks dishes in a rage and cuts open her hand. Vague flashback descriptions of hospital procedures, brain and burn damage, and a car accident that kills teens and lands one in a coma. Mentions of an epidemic and natural disasters that killed scores of people.

Sex

Teens kiss.

Language

A few uses of "dickhead."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jenna drinks wine in front of her parents to shock them.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi book includes some kissing between teens and violence that's mostly mentioned in flashback, including an epidemic and natural disaster that kills scores of people and a car accident that kills teens and lands one in a coma. One male student almost attacks the heroine, but help arrives on time.

User Reviews

Adult Written byjefo August 6, 2011

Brilliant book-but is it really written for teens?

In my opinion The adoration of Jenna Fox is a brilliant book. It is written in such a gripping way that it is difficult to stop reading it. I have to say that... Continue reading
Parent of a 10, 12, 13, and 15 year old Written byMelissaB August 18, 2009

A little sci fi, girl main character, but not a "girl"

Had some mild language that was unecessary and a character that was a bad guy/nemesis, but you never find out why.
Teen, 14 years old Written byLady JJB October 12, 2011

Good book

I like the book.You have to read every part or you never know whats happening in the book. I also think you have to at a age where you can understand whats happ... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrakshithav0525 July 15, 2015

Must Read!!

The book is really good and I'm grateful for my school to add this book as a summer reading. This book would tell someone how a life is valuable and what a... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Jenna Fox wakes up from an 18-month coma, she remembers nothing, and she's in rural California in a broken-down house with her mother and grandmother instead of her home in Boston. All she has is every highlight of her old life on disc -- her life as the perfect daughter that her parents adored so much that deals were made to make sure they wouldn't lose her, even after an accident she wasn't supposed to survive. But once Jenna starts to unravel her parents' secrets, can she live with the decision they've made?

Is it any good?

This sci-fi story definitely gets you thinking. Not only about what kinds of ethical decisions humans will have to deal with in the future (way beyond cloning), but also about what the cost is of not letting go when it's time, both in the regular "empty nest" parent sense and the grieving sense. And all of that is wrapped in a taut mystery that Jenna dramatically unravels. Because of what Jenna's father does for a living, readers will be clued into the big secret way before Jenna is, but luckily there are more revelations in store.

Some of the characters in Jenna's new life seem too conveniently placed -- like her friend Allys with artificial limbs who volunteers for the medical ethics board, as well as both a love interest and a neighbor who have big secrets. But within Jenna's family, the tension feels real, and her grandmother is a great mediator between the strict order her parents try to maintain and the fierce need for independence of any 17-year-old. If the author followed today's trends, there would be hundreds more pages dedicated to Jenna's budding romance and her bickering with her mom. So it's refreshing that Pearson sticks to the heart of her story and leaves the rest to readers, whose imaginations will definitely still be reeling for days afterward.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Jenna's parents. Do you think they made the right decision, even if it was against the law? What about Allys' parents? Teens, what would you do if you found out your parents were keeping such big secrets from you? Also, why do you think Lily told Jenna some of the things her parents tried to keep from her? Also, on a deeper level, do you think Jenna has a soul?

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