Nothing by Janne Teller explores questions of meaning in the story that shows how horrible seventh graders can be. This is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, but it feels terrifyingly realistic.
Nothing matters. I have known that for a long time. So nothing is worth doing.
I just realized that.
Pretty fun, right?
When Pierre Anthon decides to leave school and sit in a plum tree, his classmates are angry. He tells them their lives don’t matter, so they decide to prove them wrong. Soon the whole thing is out of control, but by the end, as the ashes settle, the reader isn’t sure who is right after all.
This Young Adult book is translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, and the prose seems lost at times. With weird grammar like in this phrase appearing often:
All of a sudden I was scared, scared of Pierre Anthon.
Scared, more scared, most scared.
The writing is odd, and doesn’t always make sense. But you should read this book more for the horror/Lord of the Flies/middle school chapter book type feel that is so unique to it. It would not be hard to dislike this book, but I really lik it instead.
Pros: Makes you think afterward, clever, easy to read, eerie
Cons: Too gory for some people, strange translation, semi-unresolved ending
If you liked: The Chocolate War, Lord of the Flies, Weetzie Bat