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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  16,622 Ratings  ·  2,548 Reviews
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 December 2000)
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Monica Andrade Strong, unforgiving, sad, mean, cruel, and incomplete. A warning without true answers. Philosophical.

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Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
"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, b
Franco  Santos
Nada importa. Hace mucho que lo sé.
Así que no merece la pena hacer nada. Eso acabo de descubrirlo.

Creo que es el libro que más me costó puntuar. Increíblemente pasé por todas las estrellas. Al principio quería darle una estrella por la inverosimilitud de la historia, pero después pensé: No, al menos es entretenido y estoy más que de acuerdo con lo que se plantea. Entonces le iba a dar dos. Luego salté a las cinco estrellas; porque es una novela cruel, que nos abre los ojos a lo que realmente so
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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.
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
Mar 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, nope
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Ivan Hadzhiev
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Нищо не мога да кажа, нищичко. Това ревю(хайде, "мнение") няма да има смисъл. Дори самото натискане на клавишите и звука им ми напомнят как след време еди- какво си гадно нещо ще се случи, ще бъдем нещастни и бла бла бла, смърт, няма смисъл... хайде стига глупости.

Чудничка книжка! Ударно връща вярата в живота. Разбира се, го прави като измъчва главните си герои, застрелва читателя с нихилизъм(от упор) и накрая тайничко го подвежда за някакви си страници как, разбираш ли, всичко си е наред... муа
Inés Izal
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Estoy segura de que "Nada" es el primer libro que leo y no sé que puntuación darle.
No se si me ha gustado o me ha horrorizado.

Tiene tanta filosofía en sus páginas como actos bizarros y horribles.
Pero a la vez no comprenderíamos ningún significado, si el libro no estuviera plagado de ese lado oscuro.
Realmente estoy traumatizada porque no me atrevo a decir si apruebo o no este libro.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yo soy la reina del morbo, pero para mi esto me supero ... hay relatos morbosos y sadicos que llegan a ser cautivantes, este solo me dio asco, sin gracia y me mato, principalmente porque cuando meten animalitos yo sufro.

La historia nunca me toco la fibra ni me trastorno, solo me afecto lo de los animales en mayor nivel y un poquito menos el tema de sofie y del hermano profanado. Mas allá de eso no senti nada, lo encontre sin gracia ... la escritoria se las dio de filosofica y siento que me dio l
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Преди около година разбрах, че начинът, по който мисля, и нещата, в които вярвам, си имат име (нихилизъм) и че има и други хора, които мислят по този начин. Затова, когато видях тази книга, разбрах, че трябва да я имам и си я купих. И въпреки че аз гледам на нещата много по-позитивно и не съм толкова убедена, колкото Пиер Антон, книгата ми хареса страшно много. Хареса ми абсурдността в нея. На места се чудех защо тези деца просто не се отказват... Ако нещо е наистина важно за теб, няма ли просто ...more
Scarlet Cameo
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-17
Este es un libro del que no tenía duda que decir, en cuanto iba leyendo mi cabeza sabía que pasaría, porque pasaría y que era inevitable. Entre más vanales son las cosas que se piden, más notorías son las diferencias que tienen en valor comparadas con aquellas que no se pueden poseer físicamente pero que una vez perdidas no se pueden recuperar, y es lo que lleva a que las acciones se magnifiquen; cuando este grupo en su búsqueda de valor encuentran que lo material no basta, comienzan a pedir cos ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
«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
Carlos De Eguiluz
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Mi cuento contemporaneo favorito.

Non c'è niente che abbia senso,
è tanto tempo che lo so. Perciò
non vale la pena far niente,
lo vedo solo adesso

Questo racconto parte in maniera falsamente innocente, con un liceale che tenta di imporre la propria filosofia ai compagni. Questa filosofia è il "niente" del titolo: per Pierre Anthon nulla ha un senso, niente ha un significato, nemmeno l'educazione. Per questo motivo lascia la scuola e si arrampica su un albero di prugne, come un novello Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò, e da lì beffeggia gli
Nelson Zagalo
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, literature, education
É difícil atribuir significado ao nada, e é por isso que o próprio livro acaba batendo contra a parede, nomeadamente por tentar trabalhar a questão de um ponto de vista romanceado mas estritamente objetivo. Se temos milhares de páginas não-ficcionais escritas sobre o assunto, recorrendo a ferramentas epistemológicas que tanto nos atraem como repelem, pelo modo como simultaneamente nos abrem e fecham os olhos, não seria expectável esperar respostas num livro escrito para provocar a indagação nas ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Clau R.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Alexis Ayala
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahora que estudié más detalladamente este libro, entendí que de verdad había muchas cosas muy importantes y de igual manera inteligentes. Un libro que sin duda te deja pensando, te mete ideas locas a la cabeza o también esperanza y algo de luz en tu vida. Para ti ¿Qué es el significado?
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una lectura rápida pero en absoluto sencilla. Es un libro crudo que requiere que el lector haga más que leerlo, tiene que procesarlo para comprenderlo, es muy simbólico, muy metafórico, muy existencialista.

No es una lectura agradable, dejando de lado los grandes temas que cuestiona, es un libro perturbador, morboso y macabro. Pasa de ser una búsqueda cruel pero inocente del "el significado" a una cada vez más oscura y retorcida, hasta lo criminal.

Me dio el mismo sentimiento de impotencia, disgus
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Muito estranho mas até nos deixa a pensar realmente qual é o significado da vida. Se é certo que todos vamos morrer, realmente valerá a pena viver. Para mim sim.

Pelo que pesquisei e entendi, o livro é original da Dinamarca, sendo a autora dinamarquesa e já foi lançado há uns anos. Foi muito polémico no seu país e restantes países nórdicos, foi banido mas depois ganhou imensos prémios, foi novamente reimpresso e agora é de leitura obrigatória na escola.

''Nada'' começa com Pierre, um jovem que e
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Пълно ревю:
Една книга за смисъла на съществуването, липсата му и значението, което му отдаваме. Брутално красива история за жертвите, които правим в името на идеала си, която провокира читателите, смазва ги със своето съдържание и ги оставя на произвола на съдбата. Невероятна.
Oct 06, 2010 added it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Franzie Lovegood
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
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Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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