Since You Left Me by Allen Zadoff

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For Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman, it isn’t easy to believe. Especially when all the people you care about leave.
His dad left after the divorce. The love of his life left in second grade. His best friend in Jewish school found God and practically left the planet. Now his yoga-teacher mom is falling in love with her spiritual guru, and she’s threatening to leave, too.
In a desperate attempt to keep his family together, Sanskrit tells just one small lie. And for a while it seems to be working. Because people start coming back. Sanskrit might even get the family he always wanted.
There’s just one little thing in his way. The truth.
Against the setting of modern-day Los Angeles, YA author Allen Zadoff presents a funny and heartbreaking novel about the search for love—and meaning—in a world where everyone is looking for something to hang on to.

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Allen Zadoff is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theater Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified. Allen invites you to visit him on the Web at
Published August 28, 2012 by EgmontUSA. 320 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s nauseating.” Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on 'Demon Catchers of Milan.' Continue reading > But most of all, he’s sick of his mother’s inability to remember ...

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and Sanskrit’s late, Holocaust-survivor grandfather left him funding for Jewish education only (otherwise the money goes to Tay-Sachs research), forcing Sanskrit into Jewish school.

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High school junior Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman—he was named by his hippie mother, while his music-loving father named his sister, Sweet Caroline—is faced with yet another mandatory parent-teacher conference at Brentwood Jewish Academy that his mother has blown off.

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