The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Girls in my high school classes have liked Mary E. Pearson’s books for years. Scribbler of Dreams has been listed as a favorite book of almost everyone who has read it. Her newest, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, also seems to be striking a chord with them.
In this book, Pearson explores a teenage girl’s struggle to develop a unique identity and an independent will separate from her parent’s expectations of her. But she sets this story within a future when human life itself can be simply bioengineered. Where is identity and independent will when life comes from a lab? What is really essential for making life worth living?
Jenna Fox , the survivor of a fiery crash, has a greater challenge discovering who she is than the average teenage girl. But her journey is a familiar one for teenage girls whose road to self-realization is less than smooth. The adoration of her parents gave her life, but as long as she can think and feel, her path through that life will be what she creates.
This book is entirely appropriate for middle and high school readers. Mostly of interest to girls, its exploration of the bio-engineered humanity that is on the horizon could interest boys as well.