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.