Nothing

By Robin Friedman

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“Sometimes trees can look healthy on the outside, but actually be dying inside. These trees fall unexpectedly during a storm.” For high school senior Parker Rabinowitz, anything less than success is a failure. A dropped extracurricular, a C on a calc quiz, a non-Jewish shiksa girlfriend—one misstep, and his meticulously constructed life splinters and collapses. The countdown to HYP (Harvard, Yale, Princeton) has begun, and he will stay focused. That’s why he has to keep it a secret. The pocketful of breath mints. The weird smell in the bathroom. He can’t tell his achievement-obsessed father. He can’t tell his hired college consultant. And he certainly can’t tell Julianne, the “vision of hotness” he so desperately wants to love. Only Parker’s little sister Danielle seems to notice that he’s withering away. But the thunder of praise surrounding Parker and his accomplishments reduces her voice to broken poetry: I can’t breathe when my brother’s around because I feel smothered, blank and faded

About the Author

Robin Friedman (New Jersey) was born in Israel and came to the United States when she was five, living first in New York City adn then in New Jersey. As a child, she wrote tons of stories about talking squirrels and girls with pigtails and sold them to her guitar teacher for 50 cents. Friedman has since written three novels for young people.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780738713045
  • Ebook ISBN: 9780738722337
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5 x 7 in
  • Publication date: Aug 08, 2008
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 240
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Reviews of Nothing:

"A quiet, lyric look at the price of perfection. Moving." —Kirkus Reviews

Awards received by Nothing:

A 2009 Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book for Teens


Foreword Magazine 2008 Book of the Year Award - Bronze Medalist (Young Adult)


A 2010 YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults

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