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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.

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Publisher: [New York] : Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012.
ISBN: 9780375989322
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 13, 2014

One of my favorite books! Zero is really easy to relate to. Absolutely stunning descriptions--Tom Leveen is a great writer.

Aug 09, 2012

found it kinda boring but i really liked the ending


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Dec 13, 2014

[The singer] whispers the verse. Two hundred zealous fans scream the song back to him, word for word. Magic.

"Spent my life living in a hospice
Each day looking forward to death,
Eating stale cream cheese and rice cakes..."

[The singer] pauses, letting his hands float downward to cue us all. Near silence fills the club, underscored only by the hum of amplifier static and random screams. [The singer] lets this near silence hang for a blissful moment. The audience stills at last, slack-jawed at the anticipation of what's to come. The lights dim.
At last, as if neither he nor his audience can stand the delay any longer, [the singer] puts his mouth up to the mic and inhales, his barrel chest expanding to Herculean proportions.

"And smokin' till my very last breath!"

We cry the line into the air with him, united.

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