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Nothing by Janne Teller
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Sep 27, 11

bookshelves: coping-with-loss, grades-8-and-up, suspense
Read in September, 2011

About 2/3 of the way through, I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish this book. It’s like “Lord of the Flies” without all the symbols and descriptive passages to temper the evil frenzies.

Then again, Teller has built some impressive subtleties into her very linear and fatalistic progression. The suspense rises from a foundation of innocence, humor, and undeniable charm. And the children ride waves of conviction and doubt before crashing back down into trauma. There’s a twisted desperation in their refusal to accept that life might amount to nothing. They hurt each other, to prove their losses have meaning. And with almost every new torment, the victims increase the cold calculation of their revenge. I can’t remember another young adult novel that disturbed me more.

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