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"Still living with his parents in Chevy Chase," is only one of the unfortunate burdens 18-year-old Henry Elinsky is forced to shoulder. There's also "flunked out of college," "working for his father," and "clueless about his future." And what about "facing big problems with his so-called girlfriend"? Let's not even go there. So when Henry's presented with a job at the Central Park Children's Zoo, to say he leaps at the chance would be unfair. Bungee-jumped might be more accurate.
Eager to embark on the journey to adulthood, now with his own apartment and job in hand, Henry is convinced that Margaret -- tall, beautiful, wisecracking Margaret -- is just the companion to help him steer a proper course. That Henry is smitten is an understatement. He is infatuated, obsessed, and agonizingly head-over-heels. But when his Margaret worship becomes a liability, when his family life threatens to implode, and when Henry makes a horrible error in judgment at the zoo, the shiny veneer of his New York City life begins to seem nothing more than a tarnished trinket.
Filled with the painful awkwardness and self-doubt of adolescence, Zoology is an entrancing coming-of-age story as well as a wry, antic tale of animal care -- a fresh and lively debut from a promising new voice. (Summer 2007 Selection)