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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Jenks began making films as a middle schooler, was a misfit and eventual dropout at NYU, and worked hard to make a name for himself. At 19, he decided to move into an assisted-living facility for a few months and make a documentary about it. It screened successfully at film festivals, and HBO bought it. Jenks then became interested in Bobby Valentine's story and moved to Japan to document the legendary baseball manager's life as an ex-pat. Next came a show on MTV, World of Jenks, in which he immersed himself in the lives of people on the fringes of society-an autistic man, a homeless girl-for weeks at a time. Ostensibly a memoir, the book reads like a cross between a professional portfolio and a series of mass email updates from a 20-year-old. Between lists of famous people he's shaken hands with (once Tom Cruise retweeted him!), accounts of his meals ("I'm twenty-three, toasting top government officials and eating Kobe beef, the best in the world"), and endless brags about his own perseverance and abilities (he describes himself and his friends as "everything [Bobby Valentine] loved about the world"), Jenks conveys surprisingly little information, missing opportunities to teach aspiring documentarians anything about the filmmaking process. Pictures of Jenks making funny faces, with captions such as "Bottom right: No idea what I'm doing," saturate the book with unnecessary images and add little substance. Try Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop (Delacorte, 2004) for a more meaningful biography of a pop-culture artist.-Allison Bruce, Bank Street Library, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jenks, a successful, 26-year-old maker of documentary films, presents a slick but lively account of how he blew off film school, ignored naysayers, and transformed his lifelong dream into a career that so far includes two lauded feature-length movies and an MTV series (currently in its second season). Rather than focusing on the technical details of production, he takes a wider angle, interspersing engaging anecdotes about filming his various subjects (who have ranged from a teen living with autism and the residents of an old-age home to baseball manager Bobby Valentine) with personal comments. Also, while he does tuck in superficial platitudes, such as “Fake it until you make it,” he highlights personal qualities that will get anyone on their way, such as being bold, learning how to listen, and never taking no for an answer. Formatted in easily digestible paragraphs with both frequent changes of type color and size and a generous admixture of snapshots and stills, this success story offers encouragement to a wide audience. Grades 7-10. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545417279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545417273
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had no idea who Andrew Jenks was until I was watching a show, The Crossover with Beadle and Briggs, he was an interesting and funny guest. So he mentioned this book and I picked it up. Enjoyable, quick read that give a look inside Jenks process of making documentary films.
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I have been a fan of Andrew Jenks for many years. When I heard he had a book coming out, I purchased the digital copy. I was very impressed, because it was written as if Jenks himself was talking. People may not appreciate the writing style, but for those of us who are familiar with him, it comes as no surprise. I would very much recommend it.
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Not only just a talented filmmaker, Jenks proves he can write, too - and write well. The book was thoughfully laid out, and the stories come through in color. Totally worth the read - the dude is just a talented storyteller, the medium (film, tv, writing) just doesn't matter. Totally solid read.
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What a wonderful book about a young filmmaker and his adventures. Very descriptive. Definitely a smart and creative young man. I look forward to seeing more of his works in the future. Everyone should own a copy of this book.
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I was inspired to by the book because I love World of Jenks, and all that Andrew Jenks does for society. I bought it on my Kindle, and literally sat down and read it start to finish over a couple hours time. It gave great insight to his life and really shows what an amazing and inspiring person he is.
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Andrew Jenks is one great person, I love that he tries to share the perpective of all different people, he really helps me to see that just because someone is different, that we are all human and alike in so many ways.
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I was given the opportunity to read and review this book courtesy of TheReadingRoom.com and to say I loved it would be an understatement. I have been a fan of Andrew Jenks since the first season of "World of Jenks" on MTV and was incredibly excited that the show is finally back on.

While the show does an amazing job of sharing the lives of other individuals and their struggles and victories, it is not often you hear too much about Jenks himself. I really enjoyed how well written this book was and the background of the man behind the camera. He is an incredibly hard working man that has earned and deserves every ounce of success he has achieved through his documentaries and show (as well as his wonderful crew and friends that have helped him along the way).

It's nice to hear how supportive his family is of him and how he chooses to go against the norm in regards to the documentaries he makes and the individuals he follows on his show. Anybody that is a fan of the show would love this book and it was definitely a book that I couldn't put down after starting. Not yet a fan or know of Andrew Jenks? Then pick this book up and you will be by the time you complete the book!
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A very interesting read. Its an easy book to get through as the writing is fairly simple and there are many pictures which makes this book seem like more like another episode of Jenks, except we get an inside look at what brought him to be where he is today. Deff recommend if you are a fan of Andrew Jenks.
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