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Nothing - Annie Barrows

Paperback Published: 21st August 2017
ISBN: 9780062796516
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 14+ years old

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From Annie Barrows, the acclaimed #1 New York Times–bestselling coauthor of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the author of the award-winning and bestselling Ivy + Bean books, this teen debut tells the story of Charlotte and Frankie, two high school students and best friends who don't have magical powers, fight aliens, crash their cars, get pierced, or discover they are royal. They just go to school. And live at home. With their parents. A great read for fans of Becky Albertalli, Louise Rennison, and Adi Alsaid.

Nothing ever happens to Charlotte and Frankie. Their lives are nothing like the lives of the girls they read about in their YA novels. They don't have flowing red hair, and hot romantic encounters never happen-let alone meeting a true soul mate.

They just go to high school and live at home with their parents, who are pretty normal, all things considered. But when Charlotte decides to write down everything that happens during their sophomore year-to prove that nothing happens and there is no plot or character development in real life-she's surprised to find that being fifteen isn't as boring as she thought.

It's weird, heartbreaking, silly, and complicated. And maybe, just perfect.

Review by Sarah McDuling

Nothing is a charming and clever book about friendship and coming of age, from the author of The Truth According to Us and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The banter in this book is STRONG. The friendship between main characters Frankie and Charlotte has a solid foundation in witty quips and biting sarcasm. It’s funny and smart and feels very genuine and true-to-life.

Charlotte and Frankie believe that their lives are boring and that nothing exciting ever happens to them – unlike the characters they read about in YA books. And they are correct! Charlotte and Frankie lead pretty normal lives… but does being ‘normal’ make you boring?

This is a book about friendship and growing up. It’s about wanting more than you have, and learning to value what you’ve got. It’s about deciding who you want to be and then figuring out how to make it happen. It’s not a very plot-driven book. In fact, nothing much really happens to Frankie and Charlotte. Fortunately Annie Barrows is able to prove just how endearing, entertaining and amusing ‘nothing’ can be!

Nothing is a quick, light read which sparkles with humour and has a lot of heart. I really enjoyed it and hope that Annie Barrows plans to write more contemporary YA because having devoured this one, I will gladly gobble up more of the same!

About the Author

Annie Barrows is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and the author of The Truth According to Us, and the Ivy + Bean chapter book series. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a Time and USA Today best book of the year. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Bluestem Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Virginia Readers' Choice, the Massachusetts Children's Book Award, and the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and have been included on the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

Ivy + Bean has been an ALA Notable Book and is one of Common Sense Media's "50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12."

Industry Reviews

"A charming novel about the daily ups and downs of school, love interests, friends, families, and social media. Barrows turns her keen observational eye toward teenagers, and the results are authentic and funny...Check out this book."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Finally! A book that comes with its own cover story! "What are you reading?" "Nothing." The banter between Frankie and Charlotte hooked me before they'd even finished their first conversation. I loved their friendship! They were both fluent in sarcasm, were self-deprecating and funny. They got frustrated with one another. They knew each other so well and supported each other, even when supporting meant tough love. They were real! The way Frankie and Charlotte talked and thought reminded me of a rapid fire Gilmore Girls script. I could definitely imagine a teenage me being friends with these girls. Nothing unfolded through alternating chapters. Charlotte's first person written account of how nothing interesting ever happens to them was followed by third person prose that focused more on Frankie. This type of format can be hit and miss, but this time it worked for me. There weren't gaping holes in the narrative where you needed to catch up and the changeover between first and third person didn't feel disjointed. I don't exactly know how the author managed it but this book about nothing and how boring it is that nothing ever happens is actually quite interesting and very entertaining. Between the nothingness and the boredom, there are friendships (obviously), families, first kisses, parties, a road trip, drugs, alcohol, school, mobile phones, swearing, a stick figure, driving lessons, and plenty of ridicule aimed at YA book clichés, although not in that order. The style had me believing that this could easily have been written by a teenager. Not in a condescending 'ugh' way, but in a 'the author captured the teenage experience, including the way they talk' way. I'd happily sign up for another instalment of the nothingness and boredom of these girls' lives. Thank you so much to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for the opportunity to read this book. I'll be on the lookout for future releases.




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ISBN: 9780062796516
ISBN-10: 0062796518
Audience: Children
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st August 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22