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Publisher's Summary

It's the '90s! Not everyone's heard of Nirvana yet, and audiotapes are barely outdated. The live music scene is alive and well, and bands still make things like "demo tapes" and "albums." Were you there? 

After missing her best opportunity to attend a prestigious art school, 17-year-old Salvador Dali devotee Zero begins dating Mike, a drummer in an up-and-coming punk band. As their tentative relationship blooms, Zero confronts a ton of baggage holding her back from her art career: the majorly awkward drama with her former best friend, Jenn; her dad's excessive drinking and parents' ongoing fights; and one formerly successful art teacher who might just hold the keys to her future, or smash Z's hopes forever. 

When Mike's band gets a chance of lifetime to bust out of black hole that is Metro Phoenix, Zero must make a life-altering decision and answer the one question we all face at some point in our lives: 

Follow your own heart, or the heart of the one you love? 

Zero was an ALA/YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Best Book of 2013. 

*This audiobook contains mature content and may not be suitable for all listeners.*

©2012 Tom Leveen (P)2019 Tom Leveen

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  • alyssayuri
  • 13-11-2019

Zero is amazing

Zero is not very happy with life right now. She's pissed at her besr friend, though she got in, she can't go to her dream school, her parents keep fighting, and everything just sucks. But when she meets the cute drummer of an up and coming band, things are finally looking up. Does having a boyfriend actually help though?

I love Zero! I really like her voice! She's just so unapologetic and so realistic. She reminded me of being a teen, loving bands, and just expressing myself in the most awkward way.

The flow of the story is so good too. The way Zero rises, falls, and rises again was just very good. Because that's just how real life is.

Not saying anything, I really like the way the book ended. It's the type where it's not just girls who read this can take something good from it.

This was such a good read!

*i received a free Audible copy of this book

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  • sanshliangirl
  • 18-10-2019

An Exceptional YA Novel!

This was a very well done YA novel and Zero was a great character with real struggles and issues that most anyone can or does relate to! a fantastic narrator as well that captured zero's personality perfectly as well. Definitely a recommended read!

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  • Trisha C.
  • 25-12-2020

artist meet rocker

This as an angsty coming of age story. Amanda/Zero always wanted to study art. She studies and is obsessed with the works of Salvadore Dali.
Right now, her life is in chaos. She wasn't going to the college of her choice, her dad's been drinking more, she had a fight with her best friend, her professor let her down, and she has her first real relationship. which is something new to her.
Mike, a laid back guy, is in an indie band, plays small gigs around town. Mike thoughts are making a it big with the band but thats only a dream. He knows the expectations are slim. But for now he will enjoy the ride and whatever comes their way.
Tom Leveen goes into depth, the thoughts, conflicts, that are in Zero's head. Her sarcastic attitude is based on all the emotional, turmoil in her life. It would be great continuation, if the author would write a sequel about 5 years later, to see how their choices they made affected their lives.
Jillian Yetter is a new narrator for me. She captures the sarcastic personality of Zero, the laid back persona of Mike, and the others to perfection. I enjoyed listening to this story.
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  • Mariah
  • 17-09-2020

Best book ever.

I’ve loved this book for as long as I can remember, it’s the rust book at made me feel something, as a lover of both music and art this book... gah THIS BOOK. Has taught me so much. And it is my most cherished read.

Here’s the thing

It’s just a book? Right ? No. It’s a work of Art.

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  • DNA Diva
  • 24-03-2020

Angsty coming of age novel

This was an angsty YA coming of age novel. There were elements of both the plot development and the main character's internal dialogue that I felt were oversold or poorly chosen. Certainly a bit of a male gaze influencing the choices and development. I enjoyed this, but was personally kind of conflicted in doing so.

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  • Jessica Willette
  • 08-12-2019

Awesome Book!

I loved every single thing about this entire book. It made me feel so much.

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  • Katy Steimling
  • 21-11-2019

Great narration

The narrator did a fantastic job bringing this book to life! The story kept my attention, but the narrator caught the true spirit of the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-2020

Angsty YA perfect for modern teens or adults missing their youth

This book is punk rock. I read it years ago and once I saw there was a new audio book I knew I needed to re-read, I mean listen. The narrator kills it and perfectly gets Tom Leveen’s prose and dialogue that always bites.

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  • Christi Love4Books.me
  • 29-02-2020

Great YA Romance

Title: Zero
Author: Tom Leveen
Format: Audio
Narrator: Jillian Yetter
Genre: YA/NA, Coming of Age
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: No (at least I don't think so) but it could be
POV: Zero
Steam Level: Very little
5/5

I'm of two minds on this book. On the one hand I LOVED it. I liked the "adult" themes throughout the book. Zero dealt with a lot of hard issues that teens deal with. The good, the bad and the ugly. I kind of wish for a different ending but as the same time this ending makes sense for the characters. I'd love to revisit them in the future and see where everything went.

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  • Carolyn
  • 15-01-2020

A well painted picture..

While the 1990’s punk-grunge scene isn’t really my style, I feel that the author did a great job of creating an authentic experience of a teenage girl that feels like the world is working against her. The story flowed well and the narrator did an amazing job of capturing the various characters personalities. I truly felt like I was transported into the story and could easily picture most details.

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  • Rhona
  • 24-03-2020

Absorbing

This book was very enjoyable. It follows the budding relationship between Zero, aspiring artist .and Mike, aspiring musician. The teenage angst of Zero's life is well written and entertaining.

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 02-01-2020

Excellent listen!!!

Tom Leveen has written an engrossing, well-written, book full of angst. Amanda is a teenager, recently graduated from high school, who is an artist who wants to make it her life’s work. She was accepted to the school of her dreams, but failed to receive the scholarship she needed to attend. She doesn’t know what to do with that, and is kind of drifting.

Mike is a drummer for an up and coming rock band. He is attracted to Amanda, and he started to hang out with her. He was in a bad relationship before and doesn’t want to go there again. He is honest with her from the beginning.

This is a fantastic story of the search and discovery of two young adults. One that is well written and makes you want to know more about the characters. One that makes me hope for more to their stories. Tom Leveen is an author I will look for again.

Jillian Yetter did such a great job with these characters and brought them to life for me while listening.

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  • Cindy
  • 22-12-2019

Zero

Zero was a very well written story about a 17 year old girl's hopes and dreams while finding her way through life and dealing with things like family problems, relationship drama, and making tough decisions. I really enjoyed this story although I wish there had been an epilogue that was maybe 5 or 10 years into the future to see what happened with these characters as the ending left a lot of possibilities and questions. Jillian Yetter did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. She put so much emotion into the characters and gave everyone their own voice.

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  • Ruth Bailes
  • 20-11-2019

Smells like my teen spirit animal...

I just adored this book. My inner 90’s teen loved absolutely everything about the story, the characters, the love, the art, the angst...the descriptions of grimy punk shows!? Right up my street. The narrator was fantastic. Jillian Yetter brought the story to life so well, bringing both distinct character voices and real emotion from beginning to end. Highly recommend!

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 07-11-2019

Really?!?

This book was so so good. But that ending!!!!! Wow Tom is hardcore, where is the HEA?? This book is full of likeable characters with crazy personalities. Jillian gives a great performance.
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  • EllaBambella
  • 17-10-2019

Teenage angst

Wow!
What a ride! Zero is what I imagine the quintessential angsty teenage American experience to be like.
It had a whole rollercoaster of emotions, and depth of characters that made me want to know the answers to so many questions... what happened with Jen? Would Zero make it to SAIC? What's going to happen with Mike?
I got completely absorbed by Jillian Yetter's narration. Her emotion and character depiction was on point. Clearly defined voices for each character and read with such emotion, it was like I was living Zero's life alongside her.
Great work!
Great book, great narration!
If you want a slice of teenage intrigue, this is the book to listen to. 5*

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