Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life


Jeremy Fink is a 12-year old boy with his 13th birthday coming up in less than a month.
He lost his father when he was 8 years old. A palm reader predicted his father would pass away at the age of 40, but he wasn’t even 40 years old when he died in an accident; he was only 39 years old.

One day, a mysterious package arrives at his doorstep addressed to his mother. Intrigued, his best friend and next door neighbor Lizzy and Jeremy gingerly open the package and then find an enveloped letter and a pretty, intricately crafted wooden box. Strangely enough, the newspaper stuffed inside the box to prevent the box from damaging was dated just a week after his father’s death.

To make the thing even more confusing, the words “THE MEANING OF LIFE: FOR JEREMY FINK TO OPEN ON HIS 13TH BIRTHDAY” are engraved on the box and Jeremy immediately recognizes that it is his father’s handiwork.
What do all these things mean?

Unfortunately, Harold, his father’s friend who was entrusted with the safekeeping of the box had lost the keys to open the box; the box has got FOUR keyholes and each keyhole needs a different key, which means the box needs four keys to open.
No one knows where the keys are and her mother says there’s no other set; the box is made with very intricate lock system and can’t be pried open or it’ll break the content sitting inside the box.

The only way to open the box is to find the four keys – with Lizzy, Jeremy decides to set off on a journey to find the keys – in a bid to find ‘THE MEANING OF LIFE’ what his father had left for Jeremy before he passed away.
A story of an incredible summer that Jeremy and Lizzy will never forget.


A poignant feel of losing the loved one runs through the entire book, as far as I am concerned.
This is a story of a soon-to-be-13-years-old boy, Jeremy Fink, going on a quest to find ‘The meaning of life,’ experiencing a lot of things on the way.

Honestly, this book is so inspiring, so wonderful that I really hate to spill the beans, I really, seriously recommend you read this book and see and experience firsthand what Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy go through.

Can I just tell you – I actually scribbled down an awful lot of my thoughts about this book in my notebook that I always carry around wherever I go while I’m reading.
However, having finished with this book and deeply moved and enthralled, describing how I felt about the story and the snippets of the story that come with it seems quite a spoiler to me and I just don’t want to crash the excitement you will get from reading this book.

So please, just trust me for once and pick up this book or you may regret not doing so.

Let me just tell you that this little book is, again, too good to be regarded as one of those kid’s books; it’s far from it. This book is pregnant with a deeper meaning and it teaches and reminds us of what shapes us as a person and the importance of being fully in the moment, paying attention to what’s around us and making the most of our lives.

Self development seems to be one of the themes of this book and in that regard, I so enjoyed seeing how Jeremy and Lizzy develop themselves as a person as they go.

I am simply amazed by how every small detail of the plot falls into place and entwines very beautifully. Perfectly-crafted, incredibly exciting read; this is just like a breath of fresh air!
In my perfectly honest opinion, this book wins hands down over ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. I’ll bet you will enjoy this book tremendously!


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