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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  24,323 ratings  ·  3,405 reviews
Pierre Anthon deja el colegio el día que descubre que la vida no tiene sentido. Se sube a un ciruelo y declama a gritos las razones por las cuales nada importa. Tanto desmoraliza a sus compañeros, que deciden reunir objetos esenciales con el fin de demostrarle que hay cosas que dan sentido a quienes somos. En su reto arriesgarán parte de sí mismo y descubrirán que sólo al ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 2011 by Editorial Seix Barral (first published December 2000)
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Jonas Carlsson A mean-spirited, chocking and very thought-provoking experience. It dares you to think and won't leave you just after flipping the last page. A must-r…moreA mean-spirited, chocking and very thought-provoking experience. It dares you to think and won't leave you just after flipping the last page. A must-read if you can stomach the nature of the book,(less)
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Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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,
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Mullin
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elyse  Walters
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elena May
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, brutal, smart, nihilistic, philosophical coming-of-age story, in which a group of seven-graders search for meaning. But first, they must lose so much.

“And although we'd sworn we'd never become like them, that was exactly what was happening. We weren't even fifteen yet.
Thirteen, fourteen, adult, dead.”

Since I recently moved to Denmark, I’ve been thinking I should start reading more Danish fiction. As a child, I used to read lots of Scandinavian literature, but for some r
Claudia Ramírez
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Just... WOW. This was... uhm, I don't even know. Somewhat disturbing I guess, but it also made me really THINK about life and its meaning. I really liked the ending, totally unexpected, but WOW. ...more
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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realism
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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-but-unowned, 2011
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
Oct 06, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Franny
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
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,
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav
I'm not sure how to rate this. I gave it four stars because it's compelling and real yet it's unreal... The thing that struck me the most was the deep analysis of human anger and cruelty. It all started as an innocent quest, a group of students decides to convince a classmate that there's some meaning in life. But the things soon get out of hand, the children become wicked, they become thieves, rapers, murderers, they loose their innocence and to me, it was like I was loosing hope in the entire ...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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: printz
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
Oct 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say bad things about a book. But this is the worst thing that I have ever read. If you want a advice, never read it.
Pierre Anthon announced, on his first day as a seventh-grader, that there was no meaning to life. After professing his truth, he abandoned the classroom and found refuge on a plum tree. As his classmates walked by on their way to school, Pierre Anthon reminded them of the lack of meaning in their stride, setting them on a frenzy to prove him wrong.
“I’m sitting here in nothing. And better to be sitting in nothing than in something that isn’t anything.”

Nothing by Janne Teller had me immediately th
Whitney Atkinson
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
I'm not gonna be sleeping tonight woo.

Okay so this book was a recommendation by the lovely Gabie. I read it because i'd known it is one of her favorites, and I highly trust her book ratings. And though I didn't enjoy this as much as she did, I can still see why people enjoy this although I didn't take particular liking to it too, too much.

I thought I wasn't a sensitive reader anymore, but as I read, I was very disturbed. There was a point in the middle of the book where I
Dana ****Reads Alot****
Right now I cant even put into words how awful this book is. Ok I really had to sit and think this one through. I guess I am going to slam it anyway. :) This book really disturbed me on many levels. It touched some subjecty things that were morbid in my beliefs and values.

Pierre got upset in class and stormed out and went and sat in a tree swearing he was never coming down becaise nothing meant nothing and something should mean something but nothing does!!!! Like a morbid Dr. Suess Book. It was
Feb 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: depressing, ya-lit
This is an award winning book aimed at a YA audience. It utilizes your typical shock-and-awe-because-I-am-too-lazy-to-tell-a-coherent-story writing technique common to many post-modern authors of note. The idea is to take an idea or theme and hammer it into the ground with brutal violence and offensive imagery, sacrificing authorial integrity and perspective along the way. Yippi skippi. Listen, I'm totally cool with existential ideas being explored in novels (some of my favorite novels do just t ...more
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
Gray Cox
This was incredibly dark and gruesome, and I would never recommend it to any of my friends off the top of my head.

Long story short: This was sickening, but yet I read on.

Why? Because it wasn't as much as a story as it was a point. A very morbid depressing point.

This book was chilling, but trust me, not in the good adrenalin-rushing horror movie/book way. It was unpleasant, and I think the author meant it to be that way. I have no idea why, but that's the impression I got.

So why not only one
Nanna Elisabeth
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
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
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wtf

My soul hurts.

Note to self: Need to write a proper review...

PS: This is the most misleading cover ever! It infuriates me!
Prince William Public Libraries
What is the meaning of life? Is there a meaning at all? Do the things we love really give us meaning?

Pierre sits perches in a plum tree taunting his classmates, and insisting there's no meaning to life; we're born to die, and that's about it (he's like a demented, annoying little Nietzsche). But his classmates disagree: life has a lot of meaning. They have people, things, experiences, etc. that give them meaning. To prove him wrong, his classmates decide to compile the things that give them mea
I have no words.
That was a weird book.
Holy crap.
Educating Drew
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?


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.

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Danish writer and essayist Austro-German origin.
Educated as a macroeconomist, Janne Teller worked for the United Nations and the European Union in resolving conflicts and humanitarian issues around the world, especially in Africa. She began writing fiction full time since 1995. She has lived in various parts of the world, such as Brussels, Paris, Copenhagen, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Mozambique. No

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