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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

(ARC) Zero by Tom Leveen

For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. Hanging out with her best friend Jenn, going to clubs, painting, and counting down the days until her escape. But when must-have scholarship money doesn't materialize, and she has a falling out with Jenn that can only be described as majorly awkward, and Zero's parents relationship goes from tense to relentless fighting, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali. Will life truly imitate art? Will her new, unexpected relationship with a punk skater boy who seems too good to be real and support from the unlikeliest of sources show Zero that she's so much more than a name.
What to say about this book. It is hard to know where to start simply because I loved every aspect of this book.
I got this book by applying to be an Ambuzzador and luckily my application was accepted. I will say they couldn't have picked a better book for me then Zero.
Appearance wise I thought "Finally! A love story for the punks. It isn't a fairy tale Ken and Barbie one." Being what society often classifies as ' punk' since I have piercing's, listen to loud music and at one point have had my hair every color of the rainbow and then some, I found it extremely easy to relate to this book. I know when I learned that Zero was the book it would be my job to help promote I set up camp by my mail box as I eagerly awaited the post man.

Zero also brought up a lot of memories of my past, as a child of divorce I will say the author nailed it perfectly when discussing the feeling of dread that settles over you like a dark cloud when you find yourself caught in the middle of one of your parents epic show downs. How hard the simple things you once found joy turn into and how hard an escape is.
Zero touched base with each topic, substance abuse, sex, teen angst, rock and roll, homosexuality, art and the drama of your teen years.
It really is a must have book that is highly entertaining and gives a different look into a darker side of some teenagers lives. I know it is circulating around my work place because of how highly I have raved about it.
There is one thing I know everyone will love and that is the ending. But, you will find no spoilers here, you will just have to crack the book open and find out for yourself why the ending was the best part.

"Mike: I will bear you many children. We can start now. Let me just clear off the table."

Favorite Charachter: Hobbit, because he could be fun without going over board and he knew when to get serious.

5 Stars!

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