Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life: Book Review

June 19th, 2013 by

jeremy-fink-and-the-meaning-of-life-wendy-massYou’ve heard the saying, “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.” Well, in Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass, the two main characters are on a search for four keys in the city of New York — which seems like it would be at least as difficult as the needle-haystack scenario, if not harder!

Why the quest? Jeremy is about to turn 13, and he learns that before his father died, he left Jeremy a locked box to open on his 13th birthday. The only problem? No keys. And wouldn’t you know it — the box was specifically designed to only accept four specific keys in four specific locks. And it can’t be forced open either!

So Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, set off on an adventure that takes them all over the city and introduces them to all sorts of interesting people — from a man who questions the value of money, to an old woman who never got over betraying her best friend from childhood, to a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, to a fortune teller on the boardwalk of Coney Island.

Can any of these people help Jeremy and Lizzy find the keys to the box? Or if not, can they at least help Jeremy discover the meaning of life? Because according to the label on the box, that’s what Jeremy’s dad left inside of it…

I loved this book. Loved loved loved it! And you will too, if you enjoy heartwarming stories about friendship and family with a little mystery thrown in. Also, if you’re already a Wendy Mass fan, this book is definitely for you!

Already read the book — or seen the movie adaptation? Leave a comment with your thoughts! I’d especially like to know if I should see the movie!

— Karen

Karen has participated in scavenger hunts in San Francisco, but never in New York. Who wants to organize one for her? Anyone?

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Jeremy Fink Movie Trailer

August 16th, 2011 by

I know it’s a cliché to say, “You learn something new every day,” but I really did learn something new today! I found out that there’s a movie adapation of Wendy Mass’ book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life that’s supposed to come out sometime in 2011!

And there are only a few months left in 2011, so it should be hitting theaters any day now, right? Right?!

Unfortunately, I can’t find any info on a precise release date, but that’s okay — it gives everyone more time to read the book before seeing the movie!

(Btw, if you’re not familiar with the book, it’s about a mysterious wooden box that Jeremy receives in the mail with the words, “The Meaning of Life — for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.” The only problem? Four locks and no keys! So Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, set out on a quest to find the keys and discover the meaning of life.)

Here’s the movie trailer:

And for some behind-the-scenes fun, check out Wendy Mass’ blog post about her day on the movie set!

So… what do you think? Leave a comment with your opinion on the trailer. How do you think the movie will compare to the book?

— Karen

Karen has no idea what the meaning of life is. When you find out, please let her know.

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