Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick is a book about a boy named San Lee. San is always moving around, so he never lives in one place for long. After moving for the seventh time, he starts to settle in. Before doing anything, he has to decide what people will see him as. He thinks of being a hippie or a loner, but can't decide. At school, after answering a long and difficult question on Zen Buddhism and then researching it, everyone starts to see him as "the Buddha kid". San also meets this girl and falls in love with her. She likes him, too, but not for the traveling kid he really is. She likes the Buddhist San. He is forced to tell her the truth after she meets his mom, who is nothing like a Zen Buddhist. In the end everyone sees him as the boy he really is: San Lee, not a Zen Buddhist.
I liked this book very much. It is funny and very realistic. I would recommend it to middle-schoolers that like a funny story that is easy to read.
~David, Teen Book Reviwer