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Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
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Feb 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, fiction, ya
Read in February, 2011

I was reminded I hadn't read this book as I was compiling a list for a boy who is currently having a hard time finding things to read. It was the best thing I've read in a while. Adults writing for children, especially middle schoolers, often have a hard time sounding authentic. By far Sonneblick finest book I've read. Actually I'm puzzled why this book didn't win some Newbery award. It has all the requisite elements: the story is compelling, entertaining, and most importantly the character shows great self-awareness and growth. There were some great laugh out loud moments. This book is perfect for all middle schooler feeling on the fringe. (What teenager doesn't feel that way sometime?)

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