- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439837073
- ISBN-13: 978-0439837071
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zen And The Art Of Faking It Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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"A brave book . . . Jordan Sonnenblick carries it off with such charm and elan, you forget for a moment your heart is breaking." --Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes
* "Sonnenblick shows that even in the midst of tragedy, life goes on, love can flower, and the one thing you can always change is yourself." --Booklist, starred review
"The reader falls in love with the brothers, laughing and crying by turns and rooting for both of them until it almost hurts." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for After Ever After:
* As hilarious as it is tragic, and as honest as it is hopeful, don't confuse this book with inspirational reading. It's irresistible reading.” --Booklist, starred review
* Sonnenblick's intimate first-person tale of survival . . . will leave an emotional, uplifting imprint.” --School Library Journal, starred review
Jordan Sonnenblick continues Jeffrey's story in his signature style using an authentic teenage voice and laugh-out-loud humor.” --TeensReadToo.com
Praise for Notes from the Midnight Driver:
* [A] funny, bittersweet tour de force.” --Booklist, starred review
* Readers [will be] nodding with recognition, sighing in sympathy, and gasping with laughter--often on the same page.” --The Horn Book, starred review
* Sonnenblick revisits several key themes from his debut novel, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, to even greater effect here.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Zen and the Art of Faking It:
* Wildly funny.” -- Kliatt, starred review
This light-hearted situation comedy is peppered with genuine Zen insight.” --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Hilarious and heart-wrenching.” --Kirkus Reviews
The writing is fresh, the characters appealing, and it looks like the author has another hit.” --Oakland Tribune
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
San Lee's life has been full of new towns and new schools, but this one upsets him more than all of the others combined. This time, instead of having his dad uproot the family in search of his latest scheme, it is just San and his mother because his dad is in prison.
Not particularly successful at anything in the past, San has frequently used negative behavior to get attention. Being Oriental and adopted by a white couple has not always made things easy. Now with his father serving time for his shady business dealings, San finds himself feeling the need to get things right this time.
Faced with not only a new school and trying to fit in, but also with Wednesday night phone calls from a convict father he never wants to talk to again, San is ready to try just about anything. With his mother working long hours to make ends meet, he decides he needs a gimmick to win some friends and positively influence some people. Thanks to his new social studies teacher, the door to Zen Buddhism opens wide.
San's well-worn clothes and tattered sandals become a great disguise as he steps into his role as the Zen expert of the eighth grade. With help from the local library, the perfect "meditation" rock right outside school, and his new friend, Woody, San fools everyone into believing his Buddhist philosophy. Although he seems to be fitting in and gaining popularity, he worries that faking it may make him like the father he has learned to detest.
Sonnenblick uses his humorous, straight-forward style to grab readers on page one, and whisk them into San's world.Read more ›
San is a teenage boy who is afraid to tell the truth, but doesn't want to hurt people in the process of lying. He is compassionate and just wants to impress Woody without hurting his reputation while doing so. I really enjoyed San's character because I think he shows the average middle school student, and the changes and problems they are faced with. I also believe he is very mature and can handle situations in positive ways, even though he still has a long way to go. Woody is a singer, guitar player, basketball star, and volunteer who might intimidate San a little, but really she is just trying to get over her hardships at home with her family and find a best friend who will just listen to her.
This hilarious book is perfect for middle school students to read, and it will even help you understand your teenage love life a little bit better!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really love Jordan Sonnenblick's novels, as do many of my students.Published 8 months ago by James Wells
I read this to my 5th graders and they loved it....I brought it with me to middle school and they love it!Published 10 months ago by N. DiBisceglie
It is boring at first but gets interesting towards the end, but it is not sonnenblicks best book. :) 😋 :)Published 21 months ago by dimple thiara
The book was okay, but a little boring at times. It is a very long book for kids in middle school, so I don't recommend it for school, but I do recommend it for fun reading!Published on October 19, 2014 by Nina
I just finished my third book. I have enjoyed them all, although uniquely different. I can't wait to start #4.Published on November 10, 2013 by Marla
Its a nice light read about zen and faking it
Again amazon guys why is above comment not enough? I said it, buy the book! Read more
Great book .a must read book.the author is amazing. I also enjoyed notes from a midnight driver was a great book to you must read itPublished on August 25, 2013 by Kaylee Black
this book was really good. it starts out with some faking but speeds up. all the suspense builds up to the end. READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!Published on July 8, 2013 by pposol