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When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has meaning, the children decide to give up things of importance. The pile starts with the superficial—a fishing rod, a new pair...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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karen
Apr 22, 2014 karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to karen by: ariel
the beginning part of this book reminded me of my very favorite part in john gardner's grendel, where two characters are ass-kickingly fighting,but also having a philosophical debate at the same time. this starts out like that, only with less howling. this is teen fiction, so the weapons being pelted are plums, and everyone gets to keep their arms (for now), but that doesn't mean this is sweet valley high: there will be blood and sacrifice and deep dark nihilism in these 13-year-olds before we a...more
Emily May
"You'll find out you're a clown in a trivial circus where everyone tries to convince each other how vital it is to have a certain look one year and another the next. And then you'll find out that fame and the big wide world are outside of you, and that inside there's nothing, and always will be, no matter what you do."

I have been saving this book for years. It's one of those books that had enough glowing reviews and literary accolades to make me almost certain I would like it. Not only that, bu...more
jo mo
just this week -- i was riding the bus on my way to school. and as i was sitting there and pondering about life (aren't i the intellectual?), i noticed this guy who was sitting in the row in front of me, who was doing something with his hands. he couldn't seem to stop his nervous gestures. so i looked. (of course i looked.)

dude was scratching on practically every exposed skin surface on his body. he generously liberated his ears from earwax. picked his nose as if there was no tomorrow. rubbed hi...more
Greg
On the first day of seventh grade one kid realizes that nothing matters. He stands up, leaves and starts spending his days sitting in a plum tree and jeering at his former classmates about the meaningless of everything.

His classmates are not happy with him.

Displeased. Angry. Furious.

The plot sounds kind of like Calvino's Baron in the Trees, another tale about a boy in a tree that annoys people just by his being in the tree. The kid in Nothing doesn't live in the tree though, he just spends hi...more
Allison
Most of the time I was dying for this twisted book to end, and the other parts were when I was eerily fascinated by the utter creepiness that was going on in the last half of the book...

Anyways, the review:

Nothing is about a group of 7th grade kids, trying to prove that there is meaning in life. One of their ex-classmates has challenged this view, and they're desperate to prove him wrong. As the story goes on, each in turn forces another to give up "something" that means a lot to them. As this...more
TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers HERE

Warning! This review contains spoilers! Do not read if you don’t want to know what happens! You have been warned!

Nothing is an award-winning book (including an ALA Printz Honor) and has received tons of very positive reviews but it wasn’t until John Green raved about it on Twitter a few months ago that I decided to buy it. A few weeks ago in the middle of a reading slump, I looked at the book, it looked back at me, and I thought surely this is a s...more
Cynn
«Mucho peor fue, sin embargo, que eso sembrara en mí una sombra de duda acerca de si Pierre Anthon había dado con algo importante: que el significado es relativo y por tanto vacío de significado.Pero no dije nada.»


Le estuve dando vueltas y vueltas, tratando de saber cómo empezar a reseñar esto…pero se que no lo voy a poder reseñar bien. No puedo porque en realidad siento que mis palabras no van a poder describir este libro. El libro no es para todos,simplemente es un libro que puede remover t...more
Christie
What begins as a premise with so much potential ends as a book full of nothing, or worse, an appalling disregard for the humanity of teenagers and a deeply cynical and pathological view of life. One 7th grader decides nothing is worth it and climbs a tree. The best the others can muster is to pelt rocks his way. Really?!? Why doesn't one climb the tree and join him? Where are his parents? Why is it that all kids are equally threatened by this act, which I feel would only pose a minor threat to a...more
Miriam
Er. Ow. And possibly "ack!"

I kind of got blind-sided by this one, at least at first. The description of the boy in the plum tree yelling philosophy at his classmates has me expecting something a bit more serio-comic. But the situation gets dark very quickly, and even before things get really horrible it's easy to see that's where it's going.

Although the characters are early teens, I recommend giving it a read through before handing it over to any sensitive thirteen year olds, or sensitive souls...more
Christina Wilder
This book is pure nihilism, which means that it is profoundly fucked up. You're either going to love it or hate it, and it will most certainly offend you, but I do think it's worth a read.
Sesana
When picking up Nothing, a reader needs to be prepared to suspend their disbelief an extraordinary amount for what is meant to be a realistic, contemporary story. A young (13-14) boy decides that nothing means anything, so he decides to spend his days in a tree yelling what are, in translation, irritating slogans about how nothing means anything. His parents and teachers? Apparently content to let him stay throughout the winter. His classmates? Actually deeply bothered by him, instead of finding...more
Thelma
Es impactante.

Lo poco que sabía de este libro me incitó a leerlo; tenía una idea de él que difiere bastante de la temática real que se va desarrollando en el transcurso del mismo y ¡vaya que me ha sorprendido!

Lo recomiendo mucho, porque te mantiene con un constante suspenso respecto a qué sucederá luego sobre todo cuándo vamos avanzando cada vez más en la historia que (sin spoilers) aclararé según la descripción de la contraportada: Pierre Anthon deja la escuela el día en que descubre que la vid...more
Mike Mullin
Buy two copies. Burn one and keep the ashes in a matchbox on your desk. You'll want the second to reread.

A fearlessly written novel. Every time I turned the page, I thought--is the author really going to go there? And then she did.

I'm adding it to my list of all-time favorite books. Not because I liked it--I'm still not sure whether I did. It's inherently an unlikeable novel, populated by vicious and unsympathetic children. But it made me think.
Tatiana
Nov 12, 2010 Tatiana added it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Franziska
I am at a loss here and can't really get myself to choose how to rate this book. It certainly provoked an array of emotions in me, but I find it hard to articulate what I thought of it as a whole. Which is not that surprising considering that philosophical books about meaning/meaninglessness of life never work for me. I sort of already have that question answered for myself and no one's nihilistic ideas can change it (I hope). Kids in this novel, however, are easily influenced by such ideas and...more
Lawral
Disturbing does not even begin to cover it.

Nothing is a tiny book. It's shorter than most and more narrow. The story takes up slightly more than 200 pages, and those pages contain a lot of white space. Still, it is probably the most disturbing book I've ever read. And almost not even in a good way. Don't get me wrong, Nothing is a wonderfully written book. Not a single word is superfluous and yet the story feels expansive. We see the whole thing from Agnes' point of view, and yet the feelings of...more
Jean
Hace mucho tenía este libro en mi lista. No podría decir que es una novela, sino más bien un cuento largo. Pierre Anthon, un niño de 14 años un día despierta pensando que nada importa y hace que sus compañeros de colegio se cuestionen sobre el "significado" de sus vidas, de sus cosas, de todo. Poco a poco lo que parece ser un ingenuo cuento de niños empieza a rozar el horror, dando bandazos en el existencialismo más acérrimo, recordándonos que nada, ni siquiera la vida importa.

En medio de su clí...more
Stevie Finegan (SableCaught)
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Nothing – Janne Teller

I firmly believe that there are concepts and experiences far too difficult to put into words; this is not to say they cannot be put into stories.

Words are the first level of language and are sufficient for communicating simple ideas, but to consider anything complex we need to move into metaphors, into parables and into stories. (Replaces as you see fit, for your preferred form of art.)

Janne Te...more
Lúa.
Estos críos buscándole el sentido a la vida, y yo ahora buscándoselo al libro que acabo de leer. Estoy en shock total, no puedo dar una nota en concreto. No sé si me ha encantado, o me ha horrorizado, o las dos cosas a la vez.
Minli
Bleh. Reading Nothing is like watching a train wreck you know is coming. You know it's going to be depressing as hell, but just you can't look away.

I will not deny that the prose--as well as the translation--is excellent. The novel was immensely readable and despite all my insides cringing I had to know what happened next.

What I simply don't buy is the execution. I know this is supposed to be an allegorical novel and that all circumstances are contrived. I should not expect heroes. But really,...more
Elii Vela
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Bian
Jan 29, 2014 Bian added it
Este libro es muy intenso.
Sinceramente no puedo "clasificarlo", porque no sé si me gustó o no, si es bueno o no, estoy confundida.
Este libro se divide en dos partes, la primera parte en la que todo empieza como un 'juego', el demostrarle a su ex compañero que estaba equivocado y de a poco se introduce la segunda parte, en esta todo cambia y es la mas fuerte o intensa.
Me gusto como de a poco la autora muestra que hay una delgada linea entre los adolescentes y la violencia hoy en día.
El libro emp...more
Camila
Me gustó. La verdad es que tuve/ tengo problemas al querer decir algo sobre él...
Creo que es por ciertos puntos.
En principio, tenía muchas, muchas expectativas, y la verdad creo que no las satisface del todo.
Segundo, mi maldita imaginación. Siempre me imagino todo lo que al final termina pasando, y eso le saca la sorpresa y la emoción.

Al terminar no entendía bien si me gustaba o si no. Sabía que no lo odiaba ni que lo amaba.
Así que me puse a leer las opiniones de los demás y vi que hay tantos a...more
Elyse
ZERO STARS..... (less than ZERO)!

Shame on this author! This book is creepy-creepy-creepy!

Disturbing and irritating.

NOTE: I would NEVER suggest this book for ANYONE of ANY age to read. ---
I read a few reviews who wrote SPOIL ALERT before writing more of what they had to say. However, 'nothing' they could say would spoil this book anymore than its ALREADY SPOILED. I could tell you every little ugly-nasty-yucky detail about this book ---in 5 minutes if you are really THAT curious ---(ask me if yo...more
Ricki
It is very difficult to rate a book that is brilliantly written, but utterly disturbing. I have many books I have to read and review right now, but I stopped my book assignments to read this one after a good friend posted she was currently reading this, and one hour later, she started swearing in her progress comments on GoodReads.

Pierre Anthon walks out of the classroom and climbs a plum tree. He yells down to his fellow classmates, "It's all a waste of time [...] Everything begins only to end...more
Rebecca
Ann purchased this book for the library based on very good reviews by Kirkus, Voya, and SLJ (I think). It was often compared favorably to Lord of the Flies. I didn't like it and think it's overrated. There are books I've read, haven't liked, and yet still felt it was worthy of discussion but this isn't one. A class of Danish 7th graders are motivated to create a "heap of meaning" when one student leaves school after announcing life has no meaning and goes and sits in a plum tree. Every day the c...more
Perséfone
Tengo la misma mentalidad pesimista de Pierre, así que empezando por eso, el libro no me dejó con la boca tan abierta como esperaba.

Le doy cinco estrellas por poner pensamiento complejos en ideas sencillas y ayudarme a entender el mensaje del libro, que en mi opinión es que la vida y la muerte son nada y que tú les das sus propios significados. Que tú le aportas la definición a todo lo que te rodea y que todo tiene que ver con tu perspectiva. Y eso es lo que te enseña Pierre, que la vida la def...more
Joy (joyous reads)
The other day, some motorist drove over and killed a skunk around my neighbourhood. Now, depending on which way the wind blows, you could smell the funk of the splatted skunk permeating the air. You won't be able to drive by without getting a whiff until you're sick to your stomach. So then I got to thinking: why were skunks created anyway? No really, what is their purpose? Seems to me that other than being a nuisance - what with their super funky defence mechanism - there really wasn't anything...more
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
You know what this book is being compared to? A twenty-first century version of Lord of the Flies. I know you're curious right? Is it?

*shrug*

I have to be honest here: I read Lord of the Flies twenty years ago. I remember the conch shell and a whole bunch of boys who slowly turn on each other...but that's about it. (Er also, wasn't there a character named Piggy or did I just imagine it?) ANYWAYS, I was a pretty freaked out fourteen year old, mind you. It at least left an impression.

Aaannnd...Noth...more
Nanna Elisabeth
I'm not quite sure, how I feel about this book. In some way, it didn't make sense at all, but anyhow, I couldn't put it down. The way this book focused on the meaning of life, was something very special. What is important, and what isn't? And maybe Pierre Anthon is right, maybe life just is nothing at all. We all die someday, but on the other hand, that doesn't mean we aren't supposed to live. Because if we don't have a life, then death would be nothing - so why don't we just make everything wor...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is 2 1/2 stars. I was going to round up to 3 because she does write well, and the story is compelling, but I changed my mind. I find it disturbing that the book leaves youngsters with such a bleak message about life and its meaning (or lack thereof). Adolescents dramatize their angst enough without stories like this one.

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