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Since You Left Meby Allen Zadoff
Synopses & Reviews
For Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman, it isn’t easy to believe. Especially when all the people you care about leave.
His dad left after the divorce. The love of his life left in second grade. His best friend in Jewish school found God and practically left the planet. Now his yoga-teacher mom is falling in love with her spiritual guru, and she’s threatening to leave, too.
In a desperate attempt to keep his family together, Sanskrit tells just one small lie. And for a while it seems to be working. Because people start coming back. Sanskrit might even get the family he always wanted.
There’s just one little thing in his way. The truth.
Against the setting of modern-day Los Angeles, YA author Allen Zadoff presents a funny and heartbreaking novel about the search for love—and meaning—in a world where everyone is looking for something to hang on to.
"Zadoff (My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies) never quite balances the offbeat, twee, emotional, and religious elements of this story about a lie spun out of control. High school junior Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman — he was named by his hippie mother, while his music-loving father named his sister, Sweet Caroline — is faced with yet another mandatory parent-teacher conference at Brentwood Jewish Academy that his mother has blown off. Spontaneously fibbing about a 'terrible accident' keeping her away, Sanskrit finds his lie snowballing, causing stress at school even as his personal life falls apart. Sanskrit's mother has fallen in love with her guru; his best friend Herschel (formerly Sanskrit's co-conspirator in scoffing at overly religious Jews) has become the most devout student at school; and Judi Jacobs, the love of his life, won't pay Sanskrit any attention. Zadoff aces some of the core emotional moments surrounding Sanskrit's family and his friendship with Herschel, but too many of the school scenes feel forced and awkward, with thinly painted teachers and administrators mostly existing as one-shtick ponies. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Stuart Krichevsky, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Allen Zadoff is also the author of Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, and the upcoming thriller series Boy Nobody. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and went on to live in upstate New York, Manhattan, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. A former stage director, he is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training. He currently teaches writing in Los Angeles. Visit Allen at www.allenzadoff.com.
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