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Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
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Jul 14, 2010

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bookshelves: realistic-fiction, teen-fiction
Read in July, 2010

Light-hearted and fun. San Lee is moving to yet another new school and is ready to re-invent himself. Turns out the identity comes to him the easy way: everyone assumes he's a Zen master since he answers just a few too many questions in class (oh, and he's Chinese, so that helps too). In the process of attempting to live up to his identity, he develops a crush on a fellow classmate who genuinely believes in his Zen abilities. Naturally, as in so many other tales that involve the protagonist being someone other than themselves, the lie falls apart. Fortunately, learning all that stuff about Zen helps San to cope with all the trouble he has managed to inadvertently cause. Lots of great stuff about Zen in here, which might entice readers to find out more. Attempted this with my middle-school book group; for some reason, only the boys liked it.

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