Zero is an excellent read for teen girls who are looking for something edgy, and for a unique and endearing character. Amanda is a somewhat lost and damaged girl who learns a lot about herself, begins to gain some self-esteem, and makes some positive changes in her life. Subject matter is heavy at times, as Amanda's father is a verbally abusive alcoholic, who is a source of embarrassment and anxiety for her. Her parents fight often and loudly, though in the end, her mother stands up for herself, and demands that her father get help or that he leave. He does leave for rehab and seems ready to get sober. Language is graphic and rather prevalent. Teen sex and loss of virginity take place, in a rather graphic scene, and it does change things in the relationship. Also, an unwanted homosexual advance causes a problem between friends. Art and creative expression are key elements to this story, as is the work of Salvador Dali. Amanda's story ends with a hopeful upswing, where she sees promise and a new outlook for her life.