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Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
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Oct 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: light-reading, young-adult-kids

Zen and the Art of Faking it is a likable story that is well told. San Lee, the protagonist, narrator and sometimes villain, is an adopted Asian eighth grader whose father was recently put in prison. Hoping to start a new life, his mother relocates the family--San and herself--from Texas to a small town in Pennsylvania.

Through a series of comical mishaps, the students in San's knew school mistakenly come to believe San is Buddhist and he decides to play along when he discovers that the charade just might gain him the attentions of the girl of his dreams.

Okay, yeah, this book is cataclysmically formulaic and predictable; but San is charismatic in an openly nerdy way and ultimately sympathetic, and I found myself happily going along for the ride.

If you are looking for a middle school romance with a touch of Zen and some basketball diaries, give this book a try.

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