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Nothing Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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“A charming novel about the daily ups and downs of school, love interests, friends, families, and social media. Barrows turns her keen observational eye toward teenagers, and the results are authentic and funny...Check out this book.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In her first work for teens, Barrows writes a realistic story about girls growing up in a suburban California town. Char and Frankie hang out...and think about kissing, growing up, taking chances, and feeling awkward. ...readers will love [Charlotte’s] brash honesty.” -- Publishers Weekly
“This innocently edgy but ultimately provocative novel...is about nothing and everything. ...Their search for meaning is palpable.” -- San Francisco Chronicle
“The ‘Nothing’ girls have more going on than they would like. ...writing down your everyday experiences, whether in book, journal, or some other form can encourage even those people most bored with life to come out of their shell and discover truths that they never saw coming.” -- YA Books Central
“Barrows, author of the Ivy + Bean chapter book series, has a knack for female friendships, and Charlotte and Frankie are a memorable pair.” -- The Horn Book
From the Back Cover
This is flap copy. In theory, you are looking here to find out what this book is about so you don’t go slapping down your credit card (or library card!) for some boring-ass book. You’re not supposed to swear in flap copy, by the way. This description is supposed to be enticing and persuasive. It’s supposed to hint that there’s something completely thrilling and possibly life-changing that you will get if you buy this book and read it.
In these pages, you will encounter the searing true-life adventures of two virginal yet smoking-hot teen girls who discover the wild passions of Sven. Will they have a threesome? Read this book and find out!
Yeah, right. I wish.
Really, this book is about me, Charlotte, and my friend, Frankie, and some stuff that happened to us last Christmas. It wasn’t anything amazing. Trust me on this one. But I, personally, am tired of reading about abused/drug-addicted/depressed/alien-infested teens. And—also personally—I think Frankie and I are pretty funny. Actually, I think we’re hilarious, but that could be a me-thing. So if you want to read about some not-incredible-but-not-entirely-basic fifteen-year-old girls, then this book is for you!
That’s as enticing as it’s going to get.
P.S. Don’t get all excited about Sven.
There is no Sven.
- Publisher : Greenwillow Books; First Edition (September 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062668234
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062668233
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Grade level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 11.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.81 x 8.25 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#2,107,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,813 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Self Esteem & Reliance
- #2,495 in Teen & Young Adult Humorous Fiction
- #4,758 in Teen & Young Adult Friendship Fiction
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"What are you reading?"
The banter between Frankie and Charlotte hooked me before they'd even finished their first conversation. I loved their friendship! They were both fluent in sarcasm, were self-deprecating and funny. They got frustrated with one another. They knew each other so well and supported each other, even when supporting meant tough love. They were real! The way Frankie and Charlotte talked and thought reminded me of a rapid fire Gilmore Girls script. I could definitely imagine a teenage me being friends with these girls.
Nothing unfolded through alternating chapters. Charlotte's first person written account of how nothing interesting ever happens to them was followed by third person prose that focused more on Frankie. This type of format can be hit and miss, but this time it worked for me. There weren't gaping holes in the narrative where you needed to catch up and the changeover between first and third person didn't feel disjointed.
I don't exactly know how the author managed it but this book about nothing and how boring it is that nothing ever happens is actually quite interesting and very entertaining. Between the nothingness and the boredom, there are friendships (obviously), families, first kisses, parties, a road trip, drugs, alcohol, school, mobile phones, swearing, a stick figure, driving lessons, and plenty of ridicule aimed at YA book clichés, although not in that order.
The style had me believing that this could easily have been written by a teenager. Not in a condescending 'ugh' way, but in a 'the author captured the teenage experience, including the way they talk' way. I'd happily sign up for another instalment of the nothingness and boredom of these girls' lives.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for the opportunity to read this book. I'll be on the lookout for future releases.
Our lives are not as exciting as books or movies, but there are still a lot of small, meaningful moments we experience on a daily basis, and that is my take away from this rather charming and amusing tale.
I spent a lot of time with a smile on my face as I read this book. I have to attribute a great deal of that enjoyment to Barrows ability to capture the teenage voice so well. I worked in a high school for 12 years, and many of Frankie and Charlotte's musings reminded me of the conversations I heard each day. I am from the northeast and NOT a teen, so some of the slang was odd for me, but it by no means diminished my enjoyment or understanding.
"Nights of homework, days of school, weekends of hanging around wishing that something would happen."
The heart of this story is the relationship between Frankie and Charlotte, and I loved it. It was a long standing friendship, that was going through a period of change as both girls were experiencing some personal growth. They were trying to figure out who they were and who they wanted to be, and sometimes they put the other off or maybe kept a secret, but it was because they were still trying to understand what it meant to them.
"I don't want to be sheep. I want to have my own opinions."
Barrows gave our heroines two very nice and interesting families. Frankie's family was the most interesting, because of the circumstances surrounding her parent's coupling. She also had a colorful cast of step siblings, who were not too fond of her, but she had a opportunity to bond with one of her step-brothers, I was excited that she seized the opportunity and it resulted in some of my favorite moments in this book.
This was a fun look at the lives of teens, and totally brought me back to my own teen years, when I also believed nothing ever happened.