Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Maas
Jeremy lost his father when he was eight to a car accident. Now about to turn 13, he receives a box his father left for him shortly before his death that Jeremy is to open on his 13th birthday. The box professes to contain the meaning of life. However, the intricate box requires four keys to open and the lawyer has lost the keys! So Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy set out on a quest across New York City to find keys that will open the box or to find the meaning of life on their own if they can’t open the box. Along the way, they meet a number of individuals who expand their thinking and help them grow. This book is wonderful – full of warmth, humor, and wisdom. It shows the reader what really matters in life without being preachy in any way, but very engaging and entertaining. Jeremy and Lizzy are fully fleshed out and believable characters and the supporting characters all add to the story.