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“Love, I said, strangely resembled certain gastric sensations… producing an uneasiness and shudders so delicate that one is not sure whether one is in love or feels like vomiting.”- Salvador Dali.
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Phew. I’m glad it ended like that. I thought I was going to get stabby…
Zero..ish. Mike. Awkward first love. Dali. Coffee shops. Band t-shirts. Golden records....more
Where do I begin?
Maybe by pointing out my (quite limited) experience with truly great YA books? Or by lamenting the horrible, horrible trends in popular literature? Or maybe wishing for a time where more YA contemporary was written?
How about I begin with this story and how completely awesome it is? Or maybe with two characters who are just so loveable, so awesome, so absolutely fantastic, I just want to sit down with them in a cafe and tal...more
I have never been so JEALOUS, completely drenched in jealousy, for a book character's life or lives as I am of Zero and Mike. Youth hands people a blank slate, or for the sake of Zero and Salvador Dali's love of art, a blank canvas to paint their lives any which way the wind blows them. Young people a...more
ok.. 4.5 star, maybe just 4 for the lack of an exciting plot.
**spoilers ahead, ye be warned..oh, and also heavy sarcasm. I'm not a sexist, I swear**
I'm warning you right now. I'm going to use profanity in this review. Those who know me know I'm not much of a potty mouth. Except when I'm driving, but that's a whole different story.
I'm going to call bullshit to this so-called 'Tom Leveen'. Bullshit, Tom. Bullshit.
There is NO WAY you are a man. You hav...more
Zero (a nickname she gave herself, which gives you an idea about her self-esteem) has had her world fall apart. After graduation, she and her best and only friend have a falling out. We aren't sure what happened until much later in the book, but we are given hints that this was very...more
It was clea...more
I got this book by applying to be an Ambuzzador and luckily my application was accepted. I will say they couldn't have picked a better book for me then Zero.
Appearance wise I thought "Finally! A love story for the punks. It isn't a fairy tale Ken and Barbie one." Being what society often classifies as ' punk' since I have piercing's, listen to loud music and at one point have had my ha...more
I'm going to give Leveen one of the best compliments that I think I could give because I hardly EVER read a book and think, Man, this would rock if it became a movie. But he just has a KNACK for realistic romcom's. If John Hughes, rest his soul, could have met up with Mr. To...more
Goodness gracious, I just fell in love wit...more
Amanda has just graduated from high school and as her summer plans...more
The moment you graduate from high school you are immediately bombarded with what’s next. No moment to breathe and take every aspect into quiet contemplation. The few of us who know what does come next may have obstacles we have no control over. Ama...more
The other thing that struck me about this book is how it reflects how a young person comes to understand their journey and purpose in...more
So I found this ARC on NetGalley. I had read Tom Leeven's first book Party about a year ago. Both books dealt with the artisty, gritty scene of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. And what did I think?
I'm still unsure, and I finished this book three days ago. But I guess if I had to rate it, say how I felt...more
What an absolutely stupid book!
That's what I think as I read it. And the reasons involve the author trying to hard to sound like a teenager, overusing bad words in a way that seems like Tom Leveen's only doing it to hook his audience, and just being slightly pointless. He left alot of strings hanging. How will Zero, (excuse me, Amanda,) ever get into the art collage she wanted to be in? How did Jenn's relationship with Zero...more
I also really liked the following quote the author used, as it can apply and/or define most people:
“Mistakes are almost always of a sacred natur...more
Just like that the best summer ever has become Zero's worst nightmare. She's stuck in remedial a...more
Overall, I think that this was a pretty good, fairly quick read. I enjoyed this book a lot more than Leveen's previous book, Party. I liked seeing that Zero knew she had to work more on her paintings but was still proud of the ones she made, and sets a pretty good example about working on art.
However, I think I enjoyed the first half of the book moreso than the second; I enjoyed seeing her enjoy going to music clubs and seeing her become friends with GR, because it made me feel like I could rel...more
Amanda "Zero" Walsh expected the summer between high school graduation and college to be easy and relaxed. She'd do nothing but go to clubs with her BFF Jenn, paint, and just be a lazy teenager while counting down the days until she could make her big escape to Chicago and art school.
When needed scholarship monies are denied, her friendship with Jenn collapse because of an event that Zero can only describe as majorly awkward and her parents' relationship takes a turn for the nasty, Zero'...more
Where to start? I was seriously taken by surprise by this book. I did enjoy it. The cover doesn’t really convey the charm, wit, and, emotion contained within its confines.
Zero aka Amanda Walsh is troubled. Life isn’t turning out exactly as she had planned after graduation. Family issues, best friend issues, and art school issues top her list of problems. What should really top her list is her lack of self-respect as well as self-confidence. This is where the book was frustrating to me. I kn...more
I loved Zero (aka, Z/Amanda/Amy), totally related to her. She eerily brought be back to age 17 with her floundering, insecurities and off-beaten, artsy ways. It’s kinda surprising that she was brought to life by Tom Leveen, not having prior knowledge of that fact, I would have guess a female to be the author of ZERO, which just a testam...more
Alright, let me admit it: when I first found out that I was going to be an Ambuzzador for ZERO by Tom Leveen, I thought, “Uh-oh… This...more
She loves the artist Salvador Dali (think clocks) after she was introduced to him by her all time favorite art teacher well Teacher period Mr. Hilmer who always told her she was doing a good job on her artwork. She doesn't like her body but it doe...more