The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Okay, all of you who think young adult literature is too fluffy or can’t be serious, go and read “The Adoration of Jenna Fox,” then come back and tell me what you think.
Biomedical ethics. Identity. Loss. Mourning. Parental attachment. What, in a young adult book? Hmm, I guess they aren’t all fluffy after all.
I don’t want to tell you too much about the plot line, because I think that would ruin the book, but you can get the basic idea of the themes from what I said above.
I really, really loved the storyline and the themes. That being said, I’m *so* over the disjointed, choppy narration that is prevalent in so many young adult novels. In this book, as in Wintergirls and Wake (the first of which I enjoyed, the second of which I did not), the choppiness is not a fault of the writing, but a deliberate decision. I know this, I accept it, I realize that this sort of style is actually perfect for Jenna in her mental condition. And yet, I’m still really over it.
Good book, well conceived, well executed, makes you think – so long as the style doesn’t bug you.