Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What I Can Tell You


A week or two ago one of you clever bloggers (who was it??) wrote a wonderful post about a book called The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. I was so curious about this book that I ran over to the library, plucked the book off of the shelf in the Teen section, and began reading it, despite the fact that I was already in the middle of two other books. Oh, it was worth it.

What I can tell you about The Adoration of Jenna Fox is this. Jenna Fox is a teenager living sometime around 2023. She awakens from a coma that she has been in for more than one year following an accident. Jenna has lost her memory, and does not remember the people around her or the images of herself she sees in the home movies her parents encourage her to watch. Despite her lack of memory, Jenna feels that something is not....right. There's something about the house she lives in and in the way that the people around her are behaving that strike her as curious.

I can tell you that Mary Pearson has written a wonderfully suspenseful and rich novel of a young woman trying to figure out who she is. I can tell you that she raises all sorts of interesting questions that would be fantastic to discuss with a group, but I cannot tell you what they are. I can tell you that I hope you read this book and then email me and say 'oooooh, I'm so glad I read it and I sure didn't see that coming!' because that's how I feel.

That's all I can say about that.

Other thoughts I'm having lately involve vegetables and the fact that I've hardly eaten any lately. I've gone from the queen of vegetables to the queen of frozen peas. I'm eating fruit to make up for the vitamin deficit. Seriously though, I cooked some broccoli last week and it was horrible, barely green, tough and flavorless. Blech. I need inspiration, that's all.

13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You've piqued my interest!

Ti said...

Added to my list. Great review without giving anything away.

Ali said...

I wrote a review of it 2-3 weeks ago but I'm not sure it would have inspired you to run out and buy the book. Glad you liked it better than I did!

J.Danger said...

done deal- going to get it now.

melanie said...

i'm in the middle of a few, but this sounds like just what i need to get me moving!

Tara said...

Bermudaonion, oh good, that was my intent!

Ti, thanks! That's what I was going for.

Ali, you're right, it wasn't your review - I looked back at it. Now if only that person would step forward.

J.Danger, oh good!

Melanie, it was a nice little boost for me, I hope you like it!!

nutmeg said...

This does sound very good!

Carrie K said...

It does sound good! I'm in a reading slump but not a book gathering one. :)

Try veggie soup. Nice tomato base, toss a bunch of random veggies in and maybe some beans. Served with biscuits out of the oven.

Elizabeth said...

I have this one in MY stack too, and can't wait to read it!

Tara said...

Nutmeg, it was one of those unexpected surprises. Love that.

Carrie K, I love your soup idea. The biscuits even more, maybe!

Elizabeth, oh good! It's a quick read.

Lesley said...

I'm going to mention this one to the YA Librarian so we can add it to our collection - it sounds (and looks) great - thanks!

Bookfool said...

I thought I'd already added this one to my wishlist, but nope. Thanks for the reminder! John Green said it was one of the best of 2008. I trust John Green almost as much as you. Not quite, maybe. ;)

Tara said...

Lesley, oh good! Though the main character in this is a teen, I think adults will really like this as well.

Bookfool, no problem and thanks a bunch!