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In one month Jeremy Fink will turn thirteen. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? He collects mutant candy, he won't venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, and he definitely doesn't like surprises. On the other hand, his best friend, Lizzy, isn't afraid of anything, even if that might get her into trouble now and then.
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Noriko
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A waft of poignant feel of losing the loved one runs through the entire book. It’s delightful, yet I felt somewhat bittersweet vibe in this book and I absolutely adored it.

This is a story of a soon-to-be-13-years-old boy, Jeremy Fink, going on a quest to find ‘The meaning of life’ that his late father left while experiencing a lot of things on the way.

This book is so inspiring, so wonderful that I got completely swept up in my emotions while I was reading it. I seriously recommend you read this
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Adriana
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a boy named Jeremy Fink who got a gift for his 13th birthday. On this box it said "The meaning of life" and it had a lock on it. He got this girft 1 month before his birthday though and it was from his father who died 5 years ago. There was also a letter that came with this gift and it was from a lawyer. The lawyer was to give to Jermery for his 13th birthday but the key got lost and there was no replacement. Jeremy was the type of boy who didn't leave New York City but his n ...more
Will
Feb 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 11-13 year olds just getting into mystery
Shelves: young-adult-read
The contrived plot of this book made it hard to really enjoy as an adult reader, but as a teacher, it actually helps.

Let me explain: In this book, Jeremy Fink is a 12-year-old who receives a mysterious box that his father, who died several years before, had arranged to be delivered to him the summer before his 13th birthday. It requires four keys to open, but they are missing. In it, according to a note from his father, is "the meaning of life." Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, end up looking
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Mel B.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A former classmate recommended this book and I was sucked in almost immediately. Do you expect to learn the meaning of life in a young adult / children's book? Oddly enough, you do pick up some of that meaning along the way. [return][return]Jeremy receives a box that is meant to be opened on his 13th birthday, from his long-dead father. The only problem is that the box has four locks and he doesn't have the keys. His summer is alternately devoted to his quest for the keys and an odd sort of comm ...more
Keilani Ludlow
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Honestly, it was hard to decide between a 2 and 3 star. Overall plot and story, 3, wrap-up - 1 or 2. Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy are great. Their story, the little mystery/adventure they embark on, all interesting and good.

Here's my issue. You don't title a book with "...the Meaning of Life" unless you really have something good as the meaning of life. Or a really good reason why the meaning of life becomes the journey or something like that. However, when you have one really important dea
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Kelly
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kid-safe. Mother-approved.

I bought this for my son, but it was so cute, I found myself reading it long into the night. It's been awhile since I read a kids' book that didn't insult the intelligence of the child reading while also respecting parents' wishes and keeping foul language, overt sexuality, alternate lifestyles or disrespect for certain political or religious beliefs out of the equation. This one is for EVERYONE.

Here, you have some extremely well-written characters, loads of humor, a c
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April Thompson
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-own
If you go along with the flow of life, without trying to change others, or change situations that are beyond you, life is much more peaceful.
Emma Kokes
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book five stars because it has a lot of mystery and it is basically a huge puzzle that they have to solve. I can also easily visualize the characters thoughts and the setting.
Madi
An incredibly touching story, I don't think I'll think about life the same way now.
No full review this time, I won't do it justice.
Christina
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Fink and the meaning of life is a book recommended for ages 11 and up.
Here is a little about the book:

Jeremy Fink is a 12 year old boy and his best friend’s name is Lizzy. Lizzy and Jeremy do everything together. Jeremy and Lizzy live in the same apartment in New York City. Jeremy’s dad gave him a box to open on his 13th birthday which is coming close. Throughout the story the two best friends have to find the keys (that they don’t even know exist) to open the box. While they are on th
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Susana
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Comprei este livro para o meu filho, que está na fase das dúvidas existenciais. Quando ele o acabou, disse-me que eu tinha de lê-lo. Na verdade, eu já o tinha começado...

É uma história bonita, bem contada e correspondeu exactamente às expectativas que eu tinha quando o encomendei.

Recomendado a jovens de 12-14 anos, sobretudo aos que se questionam sobre o que estamos aqui a fazer...

I bought this book for my son, who's working through some "existential doubts". When he fin
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Agata Wilusz
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-ela
I enjoyed the progression of this book. To me, one of the underlying messages was 'everything happens for a reason', which is something I wholeheartedly believe in. Jeremy's curiosity and innocence, which is something that can often be missing from children his age, made him an interesting character to see grow. I thought some of the puberty references at the end were a little out of place, but they didn't hinder the story.
Beth
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! What a sweet message of family, friendship, and love! Not ready to read to Alex, but might suggest Brooke read it, although with no vampires, I don't know if she will...
vic (indefinite hiatus)
this is a meh book. it's more for younger age groups but its a bit like a cliche plot, but overall, not too bad, but not an amazing story
Andrew (reads books)
*Solid 4.00*

Don't have time to write this review right now...

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Vonia
Wendy Mass. If only she wrote adult literature. As it is, the main complaints I have from reading "Jeremy Fink & The Meaning of Life" come down to it being targeted at young adult readers. For example, the length with descriptions puberty process; the easier words; the elaboration on topics adults have already been educated on! the tendency to overtell rather than show. Obviously, this is necessary to be categorized and to make it readable for the targeted audience.

Another complaint is the
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♔ Jessica Marie
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
My sweat smells like peanut butter.

How can anyone not be immediately drawn to a book with an opening sentence like that?

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life documents the life Jeremy Fink and his best friend, Lizzy, as they attempt to find the keys to a box that contains the meaning of life. Along the way they discover important things about themselves, their friendship, and of course life. They also encounter many unique characters that will aid them on their search and leave a lasting impressio
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Grace Lin
Sep 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wendy Mass is great writer, the characters were completely believable and fun. At first, I thought the plot was a bit too contrived until I got to the end and realized it was supposed to be contrived! The ending saved it for me and I was happily satisfied.
Jessie
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jeremy Fink is about to turn 13 and hoping to discover the meaning of life. About a month before his birthday, he receives a package in the mail containing a unique box that needs four specific keys to be opened. The craziest part is that the box is a gift from his father who died five years earlier. Jeremy and his best friend Lizzie make it their summer mission to locate the missing keys, unlock the box, and reveal the late Mr. Fink’s message to Jeremy.


This book had so many things to love. Fir
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Megan
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ajpl, 2011, favorites, fiction, kid, teen
For some reason I am really feeling juvenile fiction this summer. Just something about kids' books and summer that makes me all nostalgic, even though most of the books I read as a kid during the summer were Goosebumps. I still remember trading them amongst kids at school like they were Pogs. Oh, man, Pogs...

Anyway, this book is a really perfect summer-in-middle-school book. It features a weird kid and his weird friend, but the great part is throughout the book you realize that everyone in this
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Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic
My best friend and I set off on our bikes determined to go further than we ever had before. The wind whipped my hair off my face and nervousness, joy and excitement rippled through me like heat waves off the asphalt. We were having a blast.

Until we got lost.

That wasn’t so much fun.

Jeremy Fink in the book, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, by Wendy Mass, is the opposite of me. He likes comfort so much he won’t even eat anything other than peanut butter sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. It is
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Mamani3
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Fink, a twelve year old boy, wanted to find the keys to the wooden box his dad left for him before he passed away, but the keys are missing and Jeremy doesn’t want to destroy the box. The box has carved writing on it saying that it has the meaning of life in it, and Jeremy’s dad had also written a note that came along with the box saying that Jeremy is supposed to open the box on his thirteenth birthday. So, Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, have to go on an adventurous Journey to find ...more
Sydney
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book I read in 2017 was, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. I liked this book a lot for many reasons. To start, I liked this book a lot because the story took a lot of unexpected turns, and their was a lot of surprises. In addition, to react to these changes in the story, were the characters. The characters were all very complex and had many defining traits. It felt as though they could just jump right out of the pages into real life. Also, I feel like the characters really grew as pe ...more
Larissa
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-the-stacks
An old man is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you - ...more
Nick Boudreau
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Ah, a Classic Wendy Mass story. Reading this as a sixth grader had me jumping out of orange-red Lebron 13 Special Edition basketball sneakers. I started the book, and it was actually ok! I mean, a confusing plot and the characters jump from here to over there but overall an O.K. read. I would give it like a 3.5, but there is no feature for that. But still, a great read if you want something to fulfill your "boxy" (Jeremy Fink pun) needs.
Bret Silverman
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Lisa
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved this one. Lots of interesting twists and turns. And as usual.... a few tears :)
Paige
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless.
Crystal
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rebbeca-caudils
It was pretty good but very, very unique.
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more
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“A fight is going on inside me," said an old man to his son. "It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you."

The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, "Which wolf will win?"

The old man replied simply, "The one you feed.”
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