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Not Anything

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A powerful debut novel about a girl living a not-so-glamorous life in a city that's all about glamour.

It always sounds way more glamorous than it is when Susie Shannon tells people that she's from Miami. But Miami's not all sunshine and hotties. It's endless zip codes and mega high schools where, if someone lost anything-including themselves-they just might not find it a
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Berkley
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Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults
Oh, god, I absolutely loved this book! I read it all in one sitting. I'm glad the cover caught my eye (I'm such a sucker for funky book covers) because it's now one of my favorite books ever.

The character development is so good and that's what makes this book and Susie, the protagonist, come to life for the reader. Susie is a 15-year-old girl who lost her mother six years ago and throughout the book she is still coping with her loss. Even though she's obviously emotionally screwed up and a lone
Helen Nogales
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was good and interesting. It was about a girl named Susie who has to tutor a guy named Danny , because of his grades and he still wants to be in his soccer team. They end up liking each other and drama begins. First she doesnt like him and then realizes she does , when on of her friends Tamara tell her to ask him if he has a girlfriend. But ever since her mom died she has been insecure and tries not to tell alot of people about her personal life but she does to him , like its a normal ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So I really loved this book. An orginal way to start this review,I know; but I have read this book about 50 times over the years and it still hasn't gotten old. In a strange way it had really helped me when I was younger and in 7th grade. I felt like I really knew what this girl was about. Now I'm 17, and much more experienced, but I still feel that I can relate to this main character. I was sooooooooooooo incredibly bummed when A Little Something didn't get published right away. I would literal ...more
Sonia Reppe
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens and up
Recommended to Sonia by: Anna from Goodreads
This is a good book about high school friendships and relationships, feeling awkward, and all that growing up stuff. The main character is a social-anxiety-ridden "brain" whose best friendship is threatened (she thinks) by a guy coming into the picture. To complicate matters, her dad starts dating her friend's mom. The book has really good momentum, I read it in one night. The Danny character was little predictable. Takes place in or near Miami, FL, modern-day.
hari priya
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: _ya
"It's like instead of growing into the butterfly,
I grew into my own skin."
Jennifer Wardrip
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Everything changed when Susie Shannon's mother passed away. Susie's once attentive father is now oblivious toward her, finding solace in his writing. Susie used to trust everyone, opening up to them, cracking a smile here and there, but now she doesn't trust her best friend or even herself. She used to love her life and everything in it, but once her mother passed away, keeping to herself was the way to go.

No boyfriend, one tr
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Si bien el libro me transmitió varias emociones (que es lo que busco en un buen libro, además de que sea entretenido) me costó mucho engancharme a los personajes, porque les faltó esa cosita que me hiciera pensar que puedo encontrar personas así en cualquier momento.

Sí, muchos libros tienen personajes que jamás encontrarás en la vida real lamentablemente. Pero el libro trataba un tema bastante complicado, y para mi gusto no estuvo bien representado, es más hubo momentos en que no me explicaba có
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
4 out of 5 stars! Susie is a strong character ... sweet ... and funny .... I could relate to her, which made me like it even more. Not that I had to go through any parental deaths growing up but she feels like a school outcast in a way and has made her life revolving around only her close friends/family and she's shy enough that she just doesn't know how to change ... until this guy enters her life and without knowing how it happens the things or people she thought were definite in her world sta ...more
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Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Don't let the three star rating deceive you, this book is rather enjoyable.

I usually give books that I "like" a three star rating. Because this book does not have any outstanding or unique elements, I can not give it a four or five stars. Plot wise, it kept me reading. I could relate to the characters emotions, and the main character, I feel, is rather realistic instead of being the angst-ridden shallow petty teenagers many writers like to portray us as. There are really sweet moments in this b
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I found myself not liking the main character so I was unconvinced why Danny would either. Although I gave this book 2 stars, it's actually closer to 3 because there were moments in the book that were really great -- but just not consistently enough. I am curious regarding the sequel and may get it just to find out if she finally gets Danny.
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this book is awesome! i love danny in this book..he's so caring n very understanding.i like the part when he said he wants to be han solo as han solo gets Princess leia. And he said "she was pretty to him"
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Definately one of my favorites.
Can't wait to read the second one!
Alison Harney
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A terrific writer.
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
props to carmen for creating this exciting book. fantastic read i recommend it to everyone and anyone.

5 stars plus !
Jocelyn Friedman
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is going to be my cruise book since my friend Carmen wrote it!! I am so proud of her!!
Chelsea Nicole
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Where the hell are my reviews?
Amanda Coppedge
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008, ya
An incredibly unique high school love story. One of the most original first-person narrated stories I have read.
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A young adult novel that evokes the uncomfortableness of being 15 years old. It takes place in the Miami suburb where I grew up. ;-)
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Pretty darn amazing book.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m undecided between 3 and 4 stars so; I guess I will give 3.5 stars for this book.

It’s a heart-warming story that talks about friendship, family and love.
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Carmen Rodrigues lives and plays in the urban wilds of Virginia, where she is a writer by day and an educator by night.

She is the author of three young-adult novels: THE UNIVERSAL LAWS OF MARCO, 34 PIECES OF YOU, and NOT ANYTHING.

She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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