Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

What a clever book! I really enjoyed reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox because it was genuinely gripping and had plot twists right up until the final page. While I suspected some things from the start (which I announced to my classes today),  I didn't see many of the surprises coming. That is an awesome feeling.

Mary E. Pearson is such a smart woman, writing a story that appeals on so many different levels. My students probably won't follow the science, but will be staying up late to find out what secrets Jenna's parents are keeping from her. On the other hand, more mature readers will be impressed by the juxtaposition of Thoreau's Walden and ethical issues of biotechnology and what is 'real' and 'pure'. Lovers of bittersweet moments will revel in the final chapter, which had me closing the book slowly and saying "hmmm" in the best possible way.


  1. I really loved this book, too. And I like the paperback cover. Gives more of a sense of the book than the butterfly on the hardback. Glad you liked it!

  2. This is on my "to read" list. I can't wait to check it out.


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