The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Mary E. Pearson, 2008, 265 pgs.

YA science fiction

In the not-so-distant future, seventeen-year-old Jenna wakes up from a year-long coma with all her memories gone. Her mom and dad will not talk about the accident that befell their “miracle child,” nor will they let her eat solid foods, leave the house, or go to school. Even her grandmother doesn’t seem to love her anymore. Jenna is dismayed by her condition and spends days watching childhood videos looking for clues about her former self. Her memories come back in fits and starts, and she begins asking her father hard questions. Before long, Jenna is revolted by the lengths her father and mother have gone to in order to save her destroyed body. This dystopian thriller will immerse high school students into issues of medical ethics as they discover along with Jenna the astonishing truth of her existence.

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