Book Review: Jenny Pox

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Jenny Pox Jenny Pox in 2010

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

My Review

I have to admit, I have a tiny bit of prejudice against self-published works. I’ve been burned a little too often, and I am rarely even prepared to accept recommendations anymore. But so many people said Jenny Pox was amazing that I finally broke down and tried it. Remind me to listen to you guys more often!

First of all, Jenny Pox was completely devoid of the mistakes that I had practically come to expect with self-pubbed works. Without the distraction of my inner grammar nazi continuously trying to fix all the mistakes, I found it easy to lose myself in the story. The writing was smooth and painless, allowing me to see pictures instead of words (which is what happens when I really love and get into any story.

Looking beyond the writing itself, I thought the concept was incredibly entertaining and original. I won’t go into too much detail, since there are major parts of it that aren’t revealed until the very end of the novel, but I will say that this is paranormals unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Furthermore, I loved Jenny’s attitude. Once she realized what she could do, she thought creatively to come up with a solution. She was a little timid at first, because she was afraid of herself, and because she was such a big thing to be afraid of, she genuinely didn’t fear anyone else. Even when Ashley was at her most evil, Jenny just kind of shrugged it off, and I loved that about her.

I’ll end with two rather random observations I had while reading:

  1. It’s really weird reading this and watching Veronica Mars for the first time at the same time. The social dynamics of the two are very similar and it’s really odd jumping from one to the other.
  2. I attempted to read the ending during a lunch break at work, because I was so desperate to find out what happened. Bad move! The end gets pretty gory, and if you don’t have a stomach of cast iron, DON’T READ IT while eating!

Basically, this non-self-published-book-reader is recommending you read this one, so that’s gotta mean it’s really good, right?

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Jenny Pox”

  1. I hate to admit it … but I’m the same way with self-published books. Unless I know and trust the writer, it’ll take a couple recommendations for me to buy one. Jenny Pox sounds like its worth a read. The ending sounds really intriguing, but I’m pretty sure I’ve read a few spoilers for this book already.

  2. Oh gosh yes … the end is SO gory! Definitely not lunchtime material. :) I have the second two books in this series and really need to get to them … And I feel the same way about some self-pubbed books. Sometimes they’re amazing, but I find a lot of the time that they’re just less than mediocre.

    Great review!

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