June 19th, 2013 by Karen
You’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!