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. – from Goodreads.com
I read Jenny Pox years ago on my iPhone after I had seen Amanda Hocking raving about it on her blog. I read it mostly at work, hiding behind my computer screen, or while walking through the mall to “get the mail” and I read it in a day or two because it was spectacular – like nothing I had ever read before.
I suppose this book can be considered “new adult” rather than young adult. There is swearing, and sex, and (ohmygod!) the main character smokes pot occasionally. So, basically, it’s a book that is written about REAL teenagers.. or, real, except for the fact that the teens in this book that have superpowers, of sorts.
Jenny has the Pox. Everything she touches with her bare skin she infects and kills. She feels so alienated and alone – living in a world without touch – until she finds the one guy in the world who can touch her, because his touch HEALS. It’s just too bad that he has a girlfriend, Jenny’s nemesis, who has the power to manipulate and always get what she wants.
Not only is this one of my favorite books, but it’s the first self-published book that made me really go WOW! This self-publishing this is no joke. It shows how (and why) the gatekeepers aren’t needed in the publishing world. The readers will decide what is good and what isn’t.
So guess what? You can decide yourself what you think about Jenny Pox, because you can get it on Amazon for FREE!