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Nov 13 2017

Nothing by Annie Barrows

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Greenwillow Books, 2017. ISBN 9780062796516
(Age: Senior secondary) Strong language. Drug and alcohol references. "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!" Publisher.
Written by the bestselling co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the author of the award-winning and bestselling Ivy + Bean books the reader would expect some hilarious moments and interesting writing and they won't be disappointed. In an article on Goodreads, the author states that the theme of all her books is the message that: 'You don't need to get better. You're already fine the way you are' and the reader will find that is true as they read about the life of 15 year old Charlotte and Frankie in Nothing.
The theme of friendship is a very strong one and the reader will become engrossed in how Frankie and Charlotte support each other, and how their families support them as well. There is a refreshing realism to the story that teens are sure to appreciate and much to smile about.
Pat Pledger

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