Since You Left Me

Since You Left Me

Allen Zadoff / Jun 04, 2020

Since You Left Me Everyone believes in something Almost everyone 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

  • Title: Since You Left Me
  • Author: Allen Zadoff
  • ISBN: 9781606842966
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone believes in something Almost everyone.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,Everyone believes in something Almost everyone.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.

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      • Allen Zadoff

        Allen Zadoff is the author of the new thriller series, The Unknown Assassin which earned starred reviews and has been optioned for a feature film by Sony Pictures and Will Smith s Overbrook Entertainment His YA novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can t Have won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and was a YALSA selection for Most Popular Paperbacks of 2012 His second novel was My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, the story of a techie hiding from life after a family tragedy His third novel Since You Left Me is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of a religious school student who doesn t believe He also wrote the memoir for adults, Hungry Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin.Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training Visit him on the web at allenzadoff.


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    1. Dear YA readers, bloggers, contemporary afficionados, HURRY UP and discover Allen Zadoff. Seriously, Zadoff’s books are not buzzed or reviewed enough which makes me feel dismayed. I’m pretty sure a lot of you enjoy witty contemps with awkward, realistic male main characters. If so, you NEED to read Zadoff’s works. His latest, Since You Left Me totally does not disappoint on the humor front.Read the rest of my review here> link goes live 8/17/12


    2. How do you find out what you believe in a world where everyone is telling you what you should believe? This is the issue for Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman, the hero of my new novel set in Los Angeles. What's it like to be a religious school kid who doesn't believe? That's Sanskrit's problem, every day of his life. I'm very proud of this new novel. It encompasses a lot of my experience living in my adopted city of L.A my complicated relationship with Judaism growing up, and my run-ins with the diverse [...]


    3. "But in life, ending with an exclamation point feels good. I just never knew it before.""Maybe that's what love is. You lose yourself. You go insane. But it's temporary insanity.""But I need to give it to you. For myself. Without forgiveness, how can we move forward?""God. Thank you. Not because things worked out, because they didn't. I can't thank you for making things work out, but maybe I can thank you for being with me while they didn't."


    4. Super new title from Allen Zadoff.Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman is on a journey to find himself. Which isn't easy when:You have an absentee father distracted by waiting for "the big one."You have a mother who spends most of her time upside-down.You have a sister who extorts your money for her silence.You have a best friend who's had a religious experience.You have a crush on a girl so hard you can only refer to her by her initials.You have a commitment to school life that includes wearing the appropr [...]


    5. Video review here: 60secondrecap/potw/sinSanskrit Aaron Zuckerman seems to spend his life losing things. Which is why it’s so strange when he tells a lie that makes people think he’s about to lose his mom…and even stranger when he discovers he may actually be losing her, too. This coming-of-age story follows Sanskrit as he navigates ordinary issues like high school, friendships, and a gigantic crush, as well as more difficult subjects like parent-child relationships and faith. All of which [...]


    6. I am a waffler. I am a half-star giver. This book is a definite 3 1/2 stars for me. I enjoyed the writing and loved the character of Sanskritup until the end. Seriously, I felt like everything fell apart in the last twenty or so pages. Too many revelations and strange resolutions. Up until then, I really enjoyed it.



    7. Since You Left Me is a forthcoming brand-new YA novel by Allen Zadoff, who is also the author of Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have and My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies. The story centers on sixteen-year-old Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman, a student at a Jewish high school who is struggling to have faith. It’s difficult to grasp the concept of God when everyone around him keeps failing him. His mom seems to love yoga more than she loves either of her kids. Sanskrit’s dad manages [...]


    8. 2.5 stars at best.Don't you absolutely hate it, whenever you come across a book that you are so positive that you'll love- only to be gravely disappointed?That's exactly what happened with me. From the very beginning, I was so sure this would be one of those rare books that would make me reflect on life and who am I as a person. Sadly, this is not the case. I ended up finishing the book in a matter of six hours, exclaiming, "That's it?!" as if I were some unsatisfied lover, and pushed the book a [...]


    9. After reading Zadoff's previous works Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have (which apparently I did not review) and My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies, I requested this expecting another great contemporary read from the male perspective. And I would say that I found a sensitive and endearing male voice in the person of Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman (yes that is his first name as bestowed upon him by his yoga-obsessed mother).Sanskrit's life isn't going so well. As evidenced by the title, [...]


    10. Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5If you want to see more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley from the publisher has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.Whenever I read fiction that involves religion, it’s usually either as an element in fantasy (like in The Girl of Fire and Thorns) or as a presence, when a character chooses between a religious family or religion, or a true lo [...]


    11. There Will Not Be A Test At the EndFirst off, please understand that you don't need to be a Torah scholar or a student of Talmudic law to fully enjoy this book. There will not be a quiz about Maimonides at the end. You didn't have to be an Evangelical Christian to get the point of "Rapture Practice", and I'm pretty sure that while Bing Crosby was a Roman Catholic, that didn't figure heavily when he picked up the Academy Award for "Going My Way". There is a lot of Jewish culture and religion in t [...]


    12. Wow. I really like this book. It is the first of Allen Zadoff’s books that I’ve read but I will definitely read more of his. It’s about a teenage boy in his junior year of high school trying to get by, to live, to figure things out.The author gently skewers the school community for their lack of care. Teachers, students, and administrators were all rushing in to “help” Sanskrit when they believed his mother was in a serious accident. But they never actively tried to visit or give any r [...]


    13. I'm in a bit of a quandary here. See, I enjoyed this book. I liked Sanskrit's voice. His sense of humor was right on, and his uneasy place among the more-observant Jewish students and professors at his private school was interesting to me. His Big Problems--the accident he invented that got bigger than he anticipated, his mother's sudden life changes--earned his angst and my interest. And I'm a sucker for spunky tween little sisters, like Sweet Caroline. All good, right?Well, I have a big reserv [...]


    14. Sanskrit's family is a mess, and it all hits the fan when his flighty mother doesn't show up for a required parent-professor conference at Brentwood Jewish Academy. The family is already running afoul of the school; Sanskrit's divorced parents are not involved enough, and Sanskrit himself doesn't believe in God, much less in the tenants of the Jewish faith. His friend Herschel, who became very religious after a school trip to Israel, tries to keep him from completely blowing things, but can't st [...]


    15. In the end, it's a bit hard to shelve this, which is not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it! It was a very fast read, much faster than I'd been anticipating; really engrossing and snappy and fun. I got a continual kick out of Sanskrit's younger sister being called Sweet Caroline, as in their dad legit named her that, after the song. And she'd decided to OWN the name and if Sanskrit ever just called her 'Caroline' she'd holler after him, "it's SWEET Caroline!" I loved the way the sections w [...]


    16. There's a reason why I love Allen Zadoff's books.The Story:Everyone believes in something. Almost everyone.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 k [...]


    17. The Teaser: Never say "horrible" when making up an accident as an excuse. That's the first lesson that Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman learns at the beginning of his second semester, junior year. An "accident" could be a fender bender or a narrowly avoided squirrel in the road and is easily played off later. A "horrible accident" involves medical care and probably dismemberment and requires a lot of work, sister-bribing and parent manipulation to maintain. But when Sanskrit's mother forgets a mandatory [...]


    18. After his parents’ divorce, Sanskrit Zuckerman lives with his ditzy mother who seems to put more time and consideration into her yoga center and her new boyfriend, a spiritual guru. Sanskrit’s best friend had a religious awakening, which Sanskrit doesn’t understand, and he pines for the girl from his past whom he still loves. Sanskrit is the grandson of a deceased Holocaust survivor. His grandfather left him money, but only on the condition that it’s used for a Jewish education. This doe [...]


    19. Sanskrit is a boy dealing with a lot of concerns. He is compelled to attend a Jewish school because of a stipulation in his Grandfather’s will but feels a fake because he doesn’t believe in the Jewish faith. Which doesn’t help when his best friend, Herschel, finds religion and doesn’t seem like the same person. His parents are divorced and feels his yoga mad mother has no time for him. He never got over his first crush and with all these things swirling around it’s no wonder he invents [...]


    20. This is a teen romance. Not between two star crossed lovers or vampires and werewolves, but between a family.I found this on a whim. I was just browsing through the "New Books" section in my local library and I was drawn to this for some reason. Read a little bit of the blurb and skimmed through the beginning. To be honest, when I read the beginning I wasn't too keen about it. But it was not a book I felt worth giving up on. I was interested in the main character.The main character got very anno [...]


    21. I laughed out loud a couple of times!For Sanskrit (yes, that's his name!), things are not going smoothy at school: his best friend has become distant, he feels excluded from most groups, and the girl he is head over heels for no longer acknowledges his existence. Things aren't great at home either: his divorced mother is falling in love with her guru and threatening to leave. In a moment of panic, he tells a lie. He quickly realises his error and decides to tell the truth and apologies. But the [...]


    22. Sanskrit's life is tumbling towards him. His dad divorced his mom and left his life forever. His Best Friend found God and completely went bozo. His mom with her own life as a yoga teacher suddenly falls for a mysterious spiritual guru. A terrible secret arising that makes Sanskrit choose between his mothers happiness and the painful truth that stands in the way of his already falling apart life.His last attempt to pull his family onto the life boat includes a lie.A big lie.The lie goes too far, [...]


    23. 3.5Sanskrit hates his life. His parents are divorced, his best friend isn't the same since a trip to Israel and he hasn't talk to the girl he likes since second grade. Everything begins when his mother doesn't show up at a parent-teacher conference, so he decides to tell everyone a lie. But this leds to situations he wouldn't have expected and everything starts to go out of control. Now his entire school is trying to help him and is constantly asking about her mother's accident, and the only thi [...]


    24. Sanskrit Aaron and Sweet Caroline (yes - for the Neil Diamond song) have the wackiest mother I've ever read in a YA novel! She's a complete loony, nut job, basketcase - you name, she's it! Oh, and sel-fish! When it comes to parenting, she's definitely a fish out of water! Boy of boy does she know how to mess up her kids. Since You Left Me had me laughing out loud and pulled on my heartstrings. Life is really crazy for these siblings, and Allen Zadoff's sense of humor comes shining through on pre [...]


    25. I don't really know how I feel about this book honestly. I feel like I really enjoyed it in a way but it took me a while to actually get into it. This book was about a boy named Sanskirt that goes to a private Jewish school , but does not believe in the religion due to nothing ever working out in his life such as his family being together and his relationship with his mother. This book to me was a 3.9 , I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did because it did have a lot to do with with Judais [...]


    26. I really liked Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have so I was excited when I received this one to review. It's a good book about a teenage boy with a self-absorbed mother and a fairly absentee father. When his mother doesn't show up for parent-teacher conferences, he makes up an excuse that snowballs. Characters were pretty well written. It will appeal to a very limited audience (fairly observant Jews) and has references that most others will not understand.


    27. Sanskrit's mom has to go on record as one of the worst (welll things considered). I had no patience for her, and none of the real issues that needed to be confronted were ever confronted. Sanskrit may be immature, but it still feels like he got the short end of the stick here. Between this and Resau's Notebook series, I think I'm done with flighty mothers for a while.Can I get an "OH VEY!"?


    28. I read Allen Zadoff's books because he is one of the few authors whose writing makes me laugh out loud and stifle a sob. I've also recommended Allen's boy-friendly books to my teenage son, who has rewarded me by finishing them and discussing with me. If you're looking for a good read for the reluctant boy reader in your life, or if you just want to enjoy an intelligently-written YA novel, I recommend this book.


    29. It didn't seem like it would be my thing at first, but the buzz on Allen Zadoff was great and I love the books I've read from Egmont. Zadoff's writing is smart and funny and quirky and the cast of characters was so unique. This novel surprised me by how much I enjoyed reading it. I laughed out loud quite a few times, but also had my heart wrenched a few times. Will definitely seek out more of his books.


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