Friday, August 26, 2011

Zero by Tom Leveen


Good Reads Summary 

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.

My Thoughts

I’ll admit to judging this book based on its cover. I was expecting a darker heavier YA. Surprisingly, Zero is sweet… not that it was all sweet all the time since her dysfunctional family and an uncomfortable friendships are a big part of it… but it’s mostly about a girl figuring out what’s best for her.

Amanda is Zero. Her nickname alone should be enough to clue you in as to what she thinks of herself. And it’s this fact, above all, that bothered me… and apparently her as well.  Reading her work out what she was worth and what she wanted…. was annoying, funny and entertaining in turns because she is a typical teenager with issues that run the gamut of superficial and complicated. She’s an artist and not sure about her talent. She’s a daughter and very angry one at that given her situation at home. She’s a loner. But she’s complicated too because every so often she’d be hard ass tough then turn around and be insecure and unaware.

The interaction between the characters could get a bit clumsy at times but OVERALL I felt there was an authenticity to how they acted and behaved around each other. For example, the bands familiarity with each other, their passion rang true. But out of all of them it’s Zero and Mike that stick to mind… how she and Mike were new to each other: at first, perplexed by each other then holding each other up and even later disappointing each other a little. I think it’s that they weren’t each other’s “everything” is the best thing about them. Both had their own thing. He had his music and parental issues; she had her art and familial obligations too.


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