Zero by Tom Leveen

74%

29 Critic Reviews

Fitting quotations from Salvador Dalí, Amanda's artistic idol, head each chapter and reflect the unfolding story.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. Hanging out with her best friend Jenn, going to clubs, painting, and counting down the days until her escape. But when must-have scholarship money doesn't materialize, and she has a falling out with Jenn that can only be described as majorly awkward, and Zero's parents relationship goes from tense to relentless fighting, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali. Will life truly imitate art? Will her new, unexpected relationship with a punk skater boy who seems too good to be real and support from the unlikeliest of sources show Zero that she's so much more than a name.


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About Tom Leveen

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TOM LEVEEN has been involved in theater since 1988, directing over 30 plays. As the artistic director and a co-founder of an all-ages, nonprofit visual and performing venue in Scottsdale, Arizona, he frequently works with young adults at various events including theater, visual art exhibits, and especially the live music scene. Tom is an Arizona native, where he lives with his wife and young son.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Zero
All: 29 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 01 2012

Fitting quotations from Salvador Dalí, Amanda's artistic idol, head each chapter and reflect the unfolding story.

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Teacher LibrarianNing

Excellent
Reviewed by Arlen Kimmelman on Apr 01 2012

Leveen elevated the book’s appeal...mostly because he wrote a story with an ending -- a believable, authentic ending that developed naturally from the experiences Zero endured.

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The Romance Reader

Good
Reviewed by Nichole Howell

Leveen does a good job of expressing a young girl's point of view...It leads to hard decisions she has to make, which are probably very common for today's teenagers.

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Birth of a New Witch

Good
Apr 21 2012

One of the most refreshing contemporary YA books of the year so far, hands down.

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Crowding the Book Truck

Good
Reviewed by Caroline on Apr 24 2012

It's kind of a complicated relationship that I have with this book, but a really satisfying one.

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In the Next Room

Good
Reviewed by Zoe on May 18 2012

...the character growth was very strong and the end result was that Zero was a realistic and charming novel...

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The Reading Date

Good
Reviewed by Lucy on Apr 21 2012

...while there is a fair amount of art and punk in the book, it is at its core a sweet story about a relationship and finding self worth.

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A Good Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Kari Olson on Mar 26 2012

Unconventional compared to a lot of YA, Zero is stunning in it’s scope.

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Muggle-Born

Below average
Reviewed by Cialina on Apr 24 2012

As much as I would have loved to relate with the whole punk rock scene, it just didn’t happen

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The Hollow Cupboards

Good
Reviewed by Chey on Apr 05 2012

The characters were lovable and they all seem to grow in front of your eyes the more you read.

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Novel Goddess

Good
Reviewed by Kristy Z on Jun 20 2012

I liked this book because it was quirky, interesting, different, outside the box, sad, awkward, happy, sarcastic and funny...what could be better?

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Finding Wonderland

Good
Reviewed by Tanita Davis on Apr 24 2012

If you're looking for a great summer read, look no further than this one.

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I Blog You Read

Good
Reviewed by Celine on Jul 17 2012

I can literally play the ending in my head over and over again. I understand it and have made peace with it.

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Painting with Words

Good
Reviewed by Iffath on May 03 2012

It was unpredictable and different--the characters went down their own paths and there was just something really great about the whole atmosphere.

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Wandering Librarians

Below average
Reviewed by Arianna on Apr 20 2012

I could have done without some of the side-plot, like the pregnancy scare. I felt it was unnecessary.

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Sharon the Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Apr 20 2012

Zero was so real to me that I was amazed that Leveen could so thoroughly understand the inner workings of a teenage girl's mind.

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Book Breather

Good
Reviewed by Gabbi on Jun 13 2012

Zero by Tom Leveen is real....Add to that a beautiful swirl of art and music, and you have one marvelous novel!

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Actin' Up with Books

Good
Reviewed by Joli on May 02 2012

This was a fun book to read too with many highs, many lows. Laugh out loud moments, oh my gosh - I can't believe that happened moments.

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Memories Overtaking Me

Excellent
Reviewed by Memoriesovertakingme on Apr 10 2012

Oh, how I LOVE this book!!!!! Words can't describe how much I enjoyed it. I have to say right away how glad I am that Tom Leveen wrote the characters so realistic and honest.

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Amanda's Writings

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 09 2012

The cussing and the awkward scenes, and Zero's tenancy to come off whiny are what brought it down for me.

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I Heart Monster

Good

Despite the flat plot, I couldn't put the book down.

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LibriCritic

Below average
Dec 22 2012

However, this book does have one major drawback: the plot. A whole lot of nothing goes on during the book.

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Crack a Spine Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Rachel on Jul 22 2012

There was definite depth and growth within its pages and it’s more serious than your typical YA contemporary.

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Tay's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Taylor on Jun 25 2012

I can think of a few ya characters who would not have made the same choices she did. If you are looking for a good contemporary read I highly reccomend this one.

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The Muses' Circle

Good
Reviewed by Mia on May 16 2012

If Leveen can write such a great female character then I am not surprised how much I also liked Mike.

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Teenage Reader

Good
Reviewed by Ashlyn Rae on Apr 16 2012

Zero amazed me...Tom Leveen wrote Zero’s story with a realistic and true perspective.

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With a Flower

Good
Mar 13 2012

Zero could be you or me. This has to be the most attractive aspect of this story.

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Wonderland Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jess on Mar 07 2012

It really is a must have book that is highly entertaining and gives a different look into a darker side of some teenagers lives.

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The Ninja Reader

Good

... if Amanda is refreshing, Mike is, I don’t know, revolutionary, at least as far as romantic interests in YA come.

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