Book Review | Nothing
by Robin Friedman

Score: 5

This is a timely, completely engaging, amazingly unique book. In it we meet a 17-year-old high school senior, Parker, who has Bulimia, his father who has just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, his 14-year-old sister, Danielle,and his mother. In opposing chapters we read the young man’s story in prose and his sister’s version of events in free verse. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting.

This is an exceptional work of fiction. I happen to live in a community where this novel struck very close to home. Parents living the perfect life, attending all the “right functions,” giving to all the right charities, who push their High School Senior son to keep his competitve edge so high he loses his sense of self. Students participating in activities for no other reason than that they look good on a college resume. Individuals more concerned about what the neighbors think than what is right. This is an excellent book that sheds a bright light on and speaks to the truth about a societal issue too often ignored today.

I highly recommend it to all Jewish libraries.

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