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Zen And The Art Of Faking It Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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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 ›
This is the story of San Lee, new kid, who's trying to fit in by...well, not exactly being himself. We love San right from the start. Like the rest of us, he has baggage to deal with and family issues and someone special in his life he's trying to impress, and we're sympathetic to his struggles. You'll love how San changes as his confidence grows. And the Zen bits are really fun.
Read it. Love it. Pass it on.
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 ›
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I really love Jordan Sonnenblick's novels, as do many of my students.Published 5 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 7 months ago by N. DiBisceglie
It is boring at first but gets interesting towards the end, but it is not sonnenblicks best book. :) 😋 :)Published 18 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 21 months ago 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