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Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
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Jul 04, 2012

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I've loved all of the Sonnenblick books I have read so far, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, After Ever After, Curveball; the year I Lost My Grip, but Zen and the Art of Faking It just wasn't up to the level of those. It was the typical story - boy goes to a new school, creates a new identity for himself, gets everyone believing in him, gets caught in the lie, loses everything, is forgiven in the end. I liked the character of Woody a lot and I wished too that more was done with the social studies teacher and other adults in the story. They were too minor, whereas if they had been brought to the forefront a little more, even one of them, I would have liked this better.
I did find the predicament of San Lee (his father being in jail) interesting, and one that I had not seen addressed in a YA novel before, but again I was looking for more - more feeling, maybe a phone confrontation with his dad, an opportunity for Woody or someone else to give him some advice - a letter just wasn't enough.

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