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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nothing by Annie Barrows

Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 2/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Charlotte and Frankie are ordinary, boring high schoolers who live with their almost-normal parents. They don't have a perfect body, or a soulmate (except maybe each other). They haven't had the perfect romance, the best adventure or the wildest party. They are just teenagers.

Until Charlotte decides to document their lives in a book to prove how boring they are. Sophomore year is just the same as freshman year, her friends are still the same and she's the kid she always was. Or is she?

One of the things I loved about this book was the character development. Although it took a while for me to understand the characters in the beginning, near the end of the book I realized how much they'd grown. After having achieved goals and a more optimistic take on life, Charlotte and Frankie said goodbye to the readers as matured girls.

I must also commend Barrows on her writing style. It honestly felt like the book was written by a teenager! In different contexts, some of those words could have come straight out of my own mouth! While this was very impressive, I felt that the casual style of writing and constant swearing took away from the relevance of the book.

Apart from the language- which I didn't mind so much- the story development was quite slow. Although the middle and end of the story had me hooked and wanting more, the beginning was tedious to get through, and was filled with unnecessary details.

I'd recommend this book to fans of Young Adult Contemporary written with this realistic style. I'll admit, that while I do like Contemporary books, I've never read a book in this style before, and I've discovered that it just isn't for me.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post. 


  1. I think this is why I read YA so much! I feel like almost any YA character provides so much character development just because of the nature of that stage of life for human beings.

    1. I'm at that stage in life- I totally agree with what you're saying. We change so much from year to year and it's very hard to ignore!

  2. I've only read one book by this author and I think it was more of a middle grade level. It wasn't bad, but wasn't a favorite. Sounds like I made the right choice in passing on her other ones. Thanks for the great review!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lisa. I think this one was a YA though. There was a lot of swearing and just overall maturity in the book.


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