- Published: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
- Description: 227 p. ; 20 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 1000
- Interpersonal relations in adolescence -- Fiction.
- Meaning (Philosophy) -- Fiction.
- Schools -- Fiction.
- Tree climbing -- Fiction.
- Teenage boys -- Fiction.
- Thirteen-year-old boys -- Fiction.
- Realistic fiction.
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Translation of: Intet.
When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.
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But this book is not about being realistic. It's about making a point, and it definitely made a point. I think.
I did find the content a bit disturbing, but I also found it fascinating. That a whole class of middle schoolers was contemplating life, thinking deeply about what is meaningful and what isn't, pondering nothingness vs. something. Of course, their ponderings lead to some deep and sometimes gruesome results, but it is still an interesting look at a pile of meaning.
This pile of meaning will have life-long repercussions for some of the kids, and that does bother me. The end was brutal.
Before long, a plan is developed to create a "pile of meaning" to prove Pierre Anthon wrong.
Janne Teller's "Nothing" will make you think. However, it's dark, it's disturbing, it's violent, and it's vengeful. Really, it's just a whole lot to absorb, but this is one of the best books I have ever read.
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