Zen and the Art of Faking It

October 3, 2016

Author: Jordan Sonnenblick.


When eighth-grader San Lee moves to a new town and a new school for the umpteenth time, he doesn’t try to make new friends or be a loner or play cool. Instead he sits back and devises a plan to be totally different. When he accidentally answers too many questions in World History on Zen (only because he just had Ancient Religions two schools ago) all heads turn and San has his answer: he’s a Zen Master. And just when he thinks everyone (including the cute girl he can’t stop thinking about) is on to him, everyone believes him . . . in a major Zen way.

My Thoughts:

Silly, light-hearted, with a few morals tossed in for good measure. When San Lee is mistaken for a Zen Master, he decides to run with it – and despite the fact he’s a massive fake, this Zen thing is beginning to get to him.

His approach to the problem was also interesting, not something you see a lot – a flagrant admittance of the fact that everybody tries to fit in. He was just going to choose where he fit in.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Boy thinks that several different young women are “hot”, thinks about kissing a girl.

Language: 8 scatological terms, 1 d***

Violence: Character slaps another, character is punched in the eye, fist fight between two characters.


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