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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
By Wendy Mass


My book is called Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and fits into the genre of realistic fiction. This book is about a boy named Jeremy who receives a package in the mail. Within this package Jeremy finds a box with engraving that says it contains the meaning of life. The box also says that it should be opened on Jeremy’s 13th birthday, which is a month away. The reason that this package arrived at Jeremy’s house, is because the man who was taking care of the box until Jeremy’s 13th birthday, has lost the four keys necessary to open the box. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is about Jeremy, and his best friend Lizzy, finding the four keys essential to opening the box. From taking his first subway ride, to cutting open a carpet (and getting caught and having to deal with serious consequences). This book is exciting, suspenseful and above all has a fantastic ending that will leave you questioning the entire book (in a good way).


Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of life was a really good book. I thought that the plot was creative and original, especially the ending (which I don’t want to give away). It’s hard to believe that it could feel believable because of the outlandish premise of the story. Even though the book was about two friends trying to find four keys to open a box said to hold the meaning of life, when I was reading the book it felt extremely believable. The author’s writing style could keep a reader engaged in the story line. The pace of this book is just right. I found it didn’t go too slowly, but not too fast either, and could keep the reader very interested in the plot without missing any of the important details. One might call it a page-turner because I found it extremely hard to put down. The characters are also incredibly interesting and described very well so that you get a full understanding of each character’s views of life. For example, there is a part in the book where Jeremy, for the first time, takes the subway. Jeremy is not the most adventurous type of person (unlike his best friend Lizzy) and the writing really captures what emotions you would picture his specific character having. Also the book leaves some characters more of a mystery, like Mr. Oswald, who you know nothing about until much later in the book. While trying to find the four keys needed to open the box, Jeremy and Lizzy have to travel all around their fairly large city in which they live in. Every time Jeremy and Lizzy move locations I found Wendy Mass (the author) described each place in a way that seemed extremely believable. I would recommend this book to people ages 10 to 13, and especially to people who enjoy realistic fiction. If you like this book I would also recommend others by Wendy Mass such as Finally, Every Soul a Star, 11 birthdays and (my personal favourite) A Mango Shaped Space.

(Wendy Mass has written about 10 books, all in the genre of realistic fiction)


I would rate this book 9.5/10 because I enjoy the author's writing style. I also think the book has a very creative plot and well developed characters which kept me interested in reading more.