For Boys About to Turn 13
Twelve-year-old Jeremy Fink collects mutant candy, he wont venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, and he definitely doesnt like surprises. On the other hand, his best friend, Lizzy, isnt afraid of anything, even if that might get her into trouble now and then.
Jeremys summer takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. According to the writing on the box, it holds the meaning of life! Jeremy is supposed to open it on his 13th birthday. The problem is that the keys are missing, and the box is made so that only the keys will open it without destroying whats inside.
Will Jeremy and Lizzy be able to find the keys and open the box?
And just what is the meaning of life?
I read this book in middle school, and I love it to pieces. It grabs your attention from the first sentence and keeps you entertained throughout the story. And the very first sentence is a great one.
Besides the meaning of life, this book features another thing I enjoy: Collections! Jeremy collects mutant candy, for example, two MMs stuck to each other. And his friend Lizzy collects playing cards she finds around the city. That collection is very creative. As for me, I collect many things. I collect pins that say funny things (I have about 2,000 pins), movie ticket stubs from the movies I go to (I wish I started that collection sooner in life), and books (I have a fear that books will stop being made in the future so Im getting together as many as I can). As Jeremy Fink says, everyone should have a collection.
I gave this book to my nephew before he turned thirteen, but I dont think he read it.
I was excited to learn that this book was made into a movie.
But like most movies based on books, the book was better. The film had its moments, but it wasnt the same.
So, what is the meaning of life? Is it family? Friends? Personal objects? Memories? Life experiences? The meaning of life varies from person to person. At the end of the day, life is just life. Its fun, its scary, its wonderful, its complicated. Its just life. So, spend your life doing things you enjoy with your friends and family. And remember: Life is short. Eat dessert first.