Q&D Book Review: ‘Jenny Pox’ by J.L. Bryan

Book Cover: Jenny Pox by J.L. BryanThe Low Down: Jenny Morton’s parents learned the hard way that there was something wrong with Jenny. In fact, Jenny’s mom and the delivery team didn’t survive the birth at all. So, whenever Jenny’s father wants to hug or comfort his daughter, he has to make sure that every bit of his skin is covered up so that there’s no contact. Jenny’s touch can kill.

Naturally, growing up, she has to cover up completely any time she goes out – no matter what the weather. And, of course, she is picked on and derided for something that she can’t tell anyone the truth about herself. Her arch enemy is Ashleigh and her two closest friends, Neesha and Cassie. They torment her, not only because she wears gloves wherever she goes, but because she is also poor, has no mother, and her dad drinks.

One day, Jenny sees the most extraordinary miracle: Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Seth, hits Jenny’s dog with his car…then heals him. Together, Seth and Jenny figure out that he can actually touch Jenny without anything happening. Does he have the opposite power to Jenny? And Seth is so different when he’s not with Ashleigh. Could Jenny actually have a chance to feel love?

But Ashleigh isn’t going to give up Seth without a fight. She’s got something special up her sleeve…and she must have Seth by her side to accomplish her goals. Even at the cost of his free will.

The What What: A fascinating idea for a story, but underneath is your typical mean girl wreaks havoc on the population. And (spoilerish alert) the ending annoyed me somewhat. There’s a twist that comes out of nowhere and, quite frankly, adds nothing to the story. Its only purpose seems to be to allow for a sequel.

The Bottom Line: It’s worth reading, but don’t expect it to rock your world. Though I do love the cover.

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan was published July 22, 2010 by J.L. Bryan Books. Ink and Page got this book for free in a promotion, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: Sexual situations, violence, profanity, underage drinking

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