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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Dude, check this book out!

Nothing by Janne Teller is a real disturbing, fascinatingly upsetting diamond in the rocks. In a world where awful vampire romance books reign supreme, this book is a wonderful, much-needed change.

A lone student, Pierre Anthon decides life has no meaning anymore. H...
Nothing by Janne Teller is a real disturbing, fascinatingly upsetting diamond in the rocks. In a world where awful vampire romance books reign supreme, this book is a wonderful, much-needed change.

A lone student, Pierre Anthon decides life has no meaning anymore. He leaves school to sit in a plum tree and contemplate on becoming part of the nothingness that is life. The students from Pierre Anthon's seventh grade class decide to prove him wrong and show him that life does in fact have meaning. The students begin to gather everything that is meaningful into a heap. Here's the twist; in all fairness, no one is allowed to chose for themselves which belongings they are to give up. At one another's mercy the students turn vindictive and malicious gradually forcing each other to sacrifice increasingly more important things until Nothing reaches a heart-wrenching crescendo.

Nothing is fairly short which is good news for those readers out there who get bored easily. Though, this book is not for the faint of heart. If you are a squeamish, easily upset person THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! Also if you enjoy happy endings this book is definitely not for you. Nothing reads like a dream, or a breathtaking nightmare. Nothing is a book for readers who can handle the harsh realities of life, rather than the cheery mantra that has been drilled into us since pre-school. It's message cuts deeply to the core; what is the meaning of life and how far will we go to learn this knowledge?

Nothing's plot is ferociously disturbing as the children's actions desperately escalate to a roaring climax. Nothing is a coming-of-age story. It touches on the major themes that growing up entails: the death of childhood and the painful transition into adulthood. The children discover the meaning of life, irrevocably learned.

posted by Veronica_Corningstone on January 19, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not for the easy queasy type

this book, was just disturbing on many levels, kids that believe nothing in the world matters and theres no point to life, i did not like this book, and it is the only book i have ever read that i did not like, the only reason i finished it was because i had to read it ...
this book, was just disturbing on many levels, kids that believe nothing in the world matters and theres no point to life, i did not like this book, and it is the only book i have ever read that i did not like, the only reason i finished it was because i had to read it for school

posted by 5827772 on June 25, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    Not for the easy queasy type

    this book, was just disturbing on many levels, kids that believe nothing in the world matters and theres no point to life, i did not like this book, and it is the only book i have ever read that i did not like, the only reason i finished it was because i had to read it for school

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    No

    I havent read the book but it looked stupid by the reviews i guiess i am not the oy one who thinks that i am not about to read and never will

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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