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Someday this Pain will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron July 15, 2009

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Someday this Pain will be Useful to You

Peter Cameron

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

ISBN:  9780374309893

Age: 18+


James Sveck is a confused 18 year on the brink of adulthood.  Living in New York City with Gillian his sister and divorced mother, James searches for his direction in his life.  James is undecided about going to Browns University and has no idea what his sexual orientation may be.   He is drawn to fellow employee, John, at his mother’s Gallery where he works.  James makes a mistake of pretending to be another person on an internet social network.  John unknowingly asks James out to learn that James is the interesting male that John has been chatting with online.  Furious with James “joke” John threatens to quit working at the Gallery.   James is fired from the gallery by his mother for the infraction.  After being fired for the infraction by his mother James takes off to see his grandmother.  James often relies on his grandmother for advice about his problems. 

I wasn’t all that impressed with this story.  The style of writing was all dialogue or run on descriptions that made a boring story.  It took me awhile to figure out the plot because I was too busy trying to figure out what the paragraphs was actually saying.  This book is a challenging read and some college bound readers may find the story interesting, but I do not recommend this book at all.  The cover itself depicts a young man in pain with a white background.  The cover may attract the attention of readers that hold an interest for the topic, but most teens wouldn’t be interested in this type of book.  Also, after reading the first few pages most teens would be bored out of their minds.


Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson July 14, 2009

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Adoration of Jenna Fox

Mary Pearson

Macmillian Audiobook, 2008

ISBN:  9781427204431

Age: 15 – 18


17 year old Jenna Fox woke up one day to discover that she has been in a coma for over a year.  Jenna’s memory of her past life is completely gone.   Her coma is the result of a car accident that Jenna doesn’t remember happening. Jenna begins to piece together her life through watching recordings of her life from childhood until just before the accident.   She feels like a stranger in her own skin. 

Jenna begins to recover from her coma she has many questions about her life.  She wonders why her parents moved her from Boston to California.  She wonders why her grandmother hates her and why she can’t go to a regular school.  Jenna asks herself why she doesn’t seem to have any friends.  All of these questions haunt Jenna as struggles to regain her memory and her identity. 

This story is set in a futuristic time in which scientists and medical personnel have gone too far.  Antibiotics no longer work and scientists (Jenna’s father) have created a new cloning process that uses a blue bio gel and tiny computer chips to grow human body parts.  To rein in the scientists the government has made law that prevents the creation of a whole human body from this bio gel.  Jenna slowly learns the truth about her own body.  Jenna’s father saved 10% of Jenna’s the brain and placed it into a bio gel body.  Jenna is distraught when she learns to the truth- that she is illegal and must keep this secret from everyone. 

It was great listening to the story in Jenna’s own words.  The narrator of the story did a wonderful job of portraying Jenna.  However, the narrator’s portrayal of the other characters needs some work.  Allys, one of Jenna’s new friends wasn’t all the great.   Allys’ voice sounded like she was whining all the time.   Other than that the book is a good audio book. 

The cover is very colorful and caught my attention right away.  The butterfly resting on the hand matches the books theme perfectly.  The themes for this book are searching for identity and asking questions about how far should scientists’ go with human cloning and medical practices.