The Adoration of Jenna Fox – book review

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is the first book in its series, written by Mary E. Pearson.

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just woken up from being in a coma. She doesn’t remember anything about her past. They tell her that her name is Jenna. They tell her she’s been involved in a serious accident that happened over a year ago. But is there more to the story? Will Jenna ever be able to remember what happened? Will her memory eventually come back? And are those memories actually hers?

I’m really disappointed that I didn’t like this book. I’d heard amazing things about The Adoration of Jenna Fox and I simply didn’t feel the same way. The plot seemed really intriguing from reading the blurb, but the actual book was a lot less fascinating than I hoped. The first page drew me in, but after that I lost interest. The story was interesting enough at first, however I wanted more action from the beginning. The start of this novel was mainly about Jenna trying to remember her past and relearning the things she’s forgotten. Nothing major was happening and I didn’t feel as though it would be a great loss if I stopped reading the book before the end.
The way this book was written irritated me. I didn’t like how it wasn’t set out like a normal book: there weren’t any proper chapters. I hated the pages in the book that were dark grey and had little amounts of text on it. It seemed like the author was trying to add a different kind of writing style to selected parts of the book. I felt like it was some bad attempt at a poem. I gained nothing from those pages except that I realised I don’t like it when authors write half a sentence on one line and the other half of the sentence on another line. What was that all about? Perhaps the author was trying to be ‘new’ and ‘different’, but I really didn’t like it. Another thing I didn’t like about the way this book was written was the dialogue. I didn’t find it at all interesting. I felt no spark between any characters in the dialogue and it didn’t hit me on an emotional level, unlike other books I’ve read.
In some places, the plot was quite predictable. I figured out what was going to happen before Jenna did and that really annoyed me. I liked to be surprised when I read books, not be screaming at the characters to realise something when they were obviously too stupid to realise it themselves. I found myself groaning the word ‘boring’ as I struggled to make it to the end of this book. The only part of this book I liked was pages 108 – 123 (pages numbers may vary depending on which edition of the book). When I when this part of the book, I thought: Hooray! Maybe the book will start being more interesting now! Unfortunately, my excitement didn’t last for long. Those fifteen pages were really good. The best part in the entire novel. It’s just a shame this part didn’t come earlier on in the book and that I didn’t feel more interested after reading those pages. The exciting part had come and gone in the blink of an eye. Then it was back to working my way through the book until the ending. Even the ending wasn’t that good. I don’t feel compelled to read the next book in the series and I feel like reading this book was a waste of time that I could have spent reading something far more stimulating.
I felt nothing for the characters in this book. In a book, we’re meant to feel connected to the main character and want them to be successful in whatever they are trying to achieve. In this book, I couldn’t have cared less if Jenna died. I didn’t feel connected to her in any way. I didn’t feel anything for Jenna’s ‘love interest’, if you could even call it that. All Jenna and this guy did was kiss a couple of times. They had two half-decent conversations, the rest of the time their conversations were not impressive. I didn’t feel a spark between them at all. I didn’t hate the guy, I just didn’t like him. He was hardly special. I felt the same way about all of the other characters.
I’ve read so many books like this one and it didn’t stick out to me as being one of the best. The plot was too slow and the twists were hardly twists, seeing as I figured out most of them before they were uncovered. I understand that the author was trying to convey messages about what it meant to be human, but I felt like it could have been done better. I really didn’t enjoy reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson and I’d give it a score of 4.5 out of 10.

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