THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX
New York : Henry Holt, 2008
Jenna Fox is recovering from a serious accident that left her in a coma. Upon waking, she has little or no memory of who she is. She meets her parents, but has no memories of them. Nothing about her surroundings is familiar, and then she learns that her family has relocated to a new area to have a fresh start after her accident. Despite being fed pieces of her life from her parents and watching countless DVDs that captured her life before the coma, she barely recognizes the girl she sees on the screen. As she explores deeper into who she is and flashes of images begin to appear in her mind, she starts to feel that those closest to her are hiding something … something big. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Program, 2009-2010)
Seventeen-year old Jenna awakens from an eighteen-month coma to realize that she has no memory of the devastating accident that left her with a life and a body she no longer recognizes. Jenna and her family suddenly move to California to live near her grandmother, who is strangely hostile, and Jenna struggles to remember her previous life, her friends and her family.
Jenna soon discovers a complex lie that has been constructed by her father, an expert in biotechnology, who created a “new” Jenna with a new body and intellect to keep her alive after the horrible accident.
As Jenna struggles with the ethics of her parent's decision to keep her alive in a new body and mind, she fights to make her place in her world. (Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee, 2010)
You wake up in the morning and brush your teeth; when you see your face in the mirror shouldn't it look familiar?
You have loving parents, who can't seem to do enough for you; shouldn't you feel something for them?
Don't grandmothers usually love their grandchildren? Why would yours seem to hate you?
Isn't it supposed to be easier to remember your best friends, and what you did together, than to remember your first birthday--perfectly--or to recite an entire book by Thoreau?
And even if you have just recovered from an accident, and being in a coma, after three or for weeks shouldn't you be allowed to eat real food, not just some kind of weird liquid medical muck?
Jenna Fox was in a terrible
car accident. She nearly died. She was in a coma for months. The reconstructive
surgery required would have been impossible for anyone but the daughter
of the scientist who runs the world's top medical research company. What
it took to save Jenna was the latest in cutting edge tbio-echnology. But
as Jenna Fox begins to recover in a strange house across the country from
where she used to live, she begins to wonder just what secrets her family
is hiding from her. She begins to wonder who--and what--she really is.
And if, perhaps, it might not have been better if her father had let her
Her parents never talk with her about the accident. It happened when she was sixteen. Now she is seventeen. She slept for over a year and now is recuperating at a secluded cottage in California. Her mother pores over the details of her before-the-accident life. But nothing seems to click. It is clear her parents love her very much, that they would do anything for her. But she remembers nothing. She feels nothing. Who is Jenna Fox she asks herself? Who am I?
Then she has her first memory, a flash of falling off a pier and of being saved by my grandmother as a little girl. But strangely her grandmother now seems to dislike her. Why would she resent Jenna being alive? After being in a coma for over a year the girl desperately wants a real life with friends and a future. And the more she remembers the more questions she has. Why can she remember so few personal details about her past live? Why did they move to California when her doctors are in Boston? Why is she forbidden to travel and return to school?
In a world changed, not always for the better, by the advance of biotechnology, maybe it is better not to ask too many questions. Because the answers might challenge your idea of what it means to be human.
Her parents love Jenna Fox. They would do anything to keep her alive. But what are they hiding?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
(booktalk by Tom Reynolds, librarian & author for The Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 2011)
Medical ethics -- Fiction.
Bioethics -- Fiction.
Biotechnology -- Fiction.
Self-perception -- Fiction.
Memory -- Fiction.