January 31, 2011
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Teller, J. (2010). Nothing. New York, NY: Atheneum
Janne Teller’s thought-provoking Printz honor book explores life and if it has meaning. When 7th grader Pierre Anthon stands up in class and proclaims, “Nothing matters,” his classmates are determined to prove him wrong. So they collect everything they believe has meaning and gather it up in a pile in an abandonded sawmill. When they realize it isn’t enough they push the limits of their beliefs. According to the jacketflap, Teller is a controversial author in her home country of Denmark. It’s easy to understand why. Here she offers an existential novel that questions everything. Everything. She also explores the depth of the human psyche. With beautiful writing and a thought-provoking premise, Nothing challenges readers like few books before it.
It’s so hard to write about this book without giving anything away. So I will stop. Some people will hate it, some will love it, but it will challenge all readers.
Read-a-likes (similar titles):
Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, Gone by Michael Grant, Hunger by Michael Grant
Other stuff you may be interested in:
Lost, The films of Lars von Trier or Michael Haneke