90 pages 3 hours read

Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2008

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Sections 16-18Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Section 16 Summary: The Beach—Leaving and Staying (pp. 232-250)

Lily, Mother, and Jenna go the beach. Lily asks Jenna what she needs, what she really needs. When Jenna has no answer, Lily declares that that’s always been Jenna’s problem. She’s never been able to advocate for her own wishes. She was always trying too hard to be perfect. Mother comes over and when Lily asks again, Jenna declares that she needs a red skirt, room, and not to be Mother’s “miracle” anymore. She needs to destroy her backup, along with Locke’s and Kara’s. Mother grants the request for the red skirt, but refuses to give Jenna the backups. Jenna realizes that Mother will never let her go. When they arrive home, Father is talking with the man Jenna once saw photographing her and Ethan at the mission. The man is Father’s security detail, and he tells Father that the backups need to be moved to a more secure location. Lily secretly agrees to help Jenna destroy the backups before they’re moved. Ethan and Jenna go to visit Allys, who has not been at school for several days. They meet Allys’ parents and discover that Allys is dying—infections have taken over her body once again, and thanks to the FSEB’s point system, she can only receive morphine for her pain, nothing else.