Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Age Level:  12 and up

# of Pages:  289

RAC Book:  Yes

Award Winner:  Iowa Teen Award 2009-2010

Jeremy Fink still mourns the loss of his father five years ago, which is why he is so happy when his father sends him a wooden box for his thirteenth birthday.  A lawyer had been holding it for him all this years.  The box claims to have the meaning of life in it, but requires four keys to open and unfortunately, they are lost.  As Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy try to find the keys they end up meeting a lot of interesting people and Jeremy becomes very interested in their views of the meaning of life and what everyone’s purpose is on earth.  As the journey goes on Jeremy wonders if he is meant to open the box or if he is supposed to learn the meaning of life for himself.

Jeremy Fink’s story seems rather simple at first, but as the story evolves the reader sees that there are in fact many layers to this story as Jeremy learns about himself and all of the people he has developed relationships with.  The characters are interesting in a way that they are easily remembered and the reader cares what they have to say to Jeremy and Lizzy as they go on their quest.  The ending was very satisfying and leaves the reader thinking about Jeremy’s quest and his final conclusions.  Highly recommended for anyone from junior high to adulthood.

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5 Responses to “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass”


  1. 1 towerofbooks May 30, 2009 at 12:44 am

    This seems like a book I would like. I like the cover too.

  2. 2 psychfan June 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    This is a great book. I’m doing a book report in the form of a ‘cereal box’ on it. And to create the front cover, I purchased skeleton keys off of eBay. You will love the book i guarantee it!

  3. 3 Lisette June 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    This one sounds really great. I’ve read Wendy Mass’s 11 birthdays and thought it was pretty cute, this sound much better. :)

  4. 4 Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    This is an awesome book at the end of every chapter you just want to keep reading i would definatley reccomend it

  5. 5 anonymous November 4, 2011 at 1:43 am

    i read this book and it is really really really good, i recommended this book to all my friends, and they loved it as well. :)


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