Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. Hes released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.
Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.
He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.
Genres: Young Adult Fiction
Jeff Zentner recommends
A Million Junes (2017)
"A Million Junes is intricate, strange, ecstatic, and spellbinding. The sheer poetry and imagination of Emily Henry's writing won't take your breath away--you'll give it up willingly."
Dress Codes for Small Towns (2017)
"Courtney Stevens firmly reasserts herself as a master storyteller of young adult fiction; crafting stories bursting with humor, heart, and the deepest sort of empathy."
A Short History of the Girl Next Door (2017)
"In the blink of an eye, A Short History of the Girl Next Door goes from hilarious to haunting to harrowing to heartbreaking to hopeful and back. You’ll never be sure exactly what kind of tears you’re crying. The riotously funny and achingly authentic voice of this gorgeous coming-of-age story will break your heart, but have no fear: it will piece it back together with the glue of love, hope, and humor, and it will be stronger than before."
Love, Hate & Other Filters (2018)
"Love, Hate & Other Filters heralds a dazzling new talent. Samira Ahmed creates a masterful alchemy of heart, humor, profundity, poetry, romance, and humanity. Through the eyes of the richly drawn Maya Aziz, we get a powerful, timely-yet-timeless, and poignant story about the delicate dance of coming of age in two cultures."
All We Can Do Is Wait (2018)
"A gorgeous, elegantly spare story about the genealogy of love and connection in a moment of crisis. Timely and stirring."
The Beauty That Remains (2018)
"The Beauty That Remains burns warm and bright with the fires of loss, love, and longing, and hums with poetry and song. This is the sort of book that pieces a broken heart back together, stronger than before."
Twelve Steps to Normal (2018)
"Step one: Pick up this compulsively readable book and fall in love with its richly drawn characters and deeply empathetic reminder that none of us are broken beyond repair. Step two: Repeat."
"Brendan Kiely's Tradition is a searing literary call-to-arms in the most powerful and just sense: it takes a sledgehammer to our rotten, dangerous, and deeply ingrained traditions, so that we can build something new and beautiful in their place."
The Looking Glass (2018)
"Janet McNally’s writing glows like your best memory, sensuous and alive with moonlight and the smell of flowers."
See All the Stars (2018)
"Kit Frick combines the hand of a consummate storyteller with the heart of a master poet to craft an intriguing, suspenseful, and compelling story of love, lies, and complicated friendship."
Elana K Arnold
"Arnold is a master of writing the struggles of young women and the violence they endure. In Damsel, she gives us a suitably masterful, darkly gorgeous modern fairy tale of a young woman passing through fire to protect what is hers. You will not be able to look away."
A Sky for Us Alone (2019)
"A stirring, powerful, and heart-wrenching story of coming of age, falling in love, and trying to lead a life of dignity."
The Art of Losing (2019)
"The Art of Losing is a lyrical and moving exploration of the fraught bonds of family, the suffocating bonds of addiction, and the warm, embracing bonds of love. This is a book you won't soon forget."
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried (2019)
Shaun David Hutchinson
"Simultaneously hilarious and moving, weird and wonderful."
Sorry for Your Loss (2019)
Jessie Ann Foley
"Luminous, wise, lyrical, and hilarious. Pup Flanagan is the best sort of underdog hero. This bookâs pages can barely contain the hugeness of its beating heart."
The Gravity of Us (2020)
"The Gravity of Us speaks poignantly of the things that will attend every human endeavor: family, struggle to know one's self, and the kind of love that makes you feel like you're hurtling to the stars."
A Breath Too Late (2020)
"An exquisitely played love song to life, in all of its hurts, wonders, memories, and loves. This book will remind you that you are needed, in this big and often messy world."
The Falling in Love Montage (2020)
"A joyous, hilarious, big-hearted book with the kind of electric, rollicking voice that makes you want to live in its pages forever."
Ghost Wood Song (2020)
"Ghost Wood Song sings a high and lonesome love song to family, to place, to music, and to love itself. It will make your heart dance."
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