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Nothing Paperback – August 8, 2008
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The topics of male breast cancer and male bulimia are covered. I don't have any experience with either, but I thought that the reactions in the book seemed realistic. I wish there were more story once the main character was formally diagnosed and went through treatment, but the story basically ended there.
Overall I thought the characters were likable and I would recommend this book to anyone, male or female. It was a quick read, I finished it in an afternoon.
Binging and purging takes a toll on both his body and his mind. He feels tired all of the time. He loses weight. He loses muscle. He loses strength. He stops hanging out with his friends. He argues with the girl he likes.
Danielle wishes she got a fraction of the attention Parker gets from their family and classmates. At first, she does not realize that that very attention has pushed Parker to hurt himself. Then, though Parker tries his best to hide what he's doing, Danielle begins to suspect something is wrong. She wonders if she should speak up, then wonders who will listen to her. As other matters at home complicate things, Danielle's narrative offers additional insight into Parker's character as well as their family life.
Nothing by Robin Friedman is written in first-person narrative, alternating between Parker's point of view and Danielle's point of view.Read more ›
This book follows Parker and his little sister Danielle, as the chapters alternate to tell the story of their family and Parker's sickness (bulimia). Danielle feels ignored being younger sister to "perfect" Parker, who is involved in nearly every possible school activity and extra-curricular activity and balances popularity. His parents seem absent and insensitive, and the only flaw with this book was I found I didn't really sympathize with the parents by the end of the story, and that was the author's intent - but maybe that wasn't the point. I sure loved all the other characters, though. The author writes with such clarity and hope that at the end, you will probably find yourself wanting to read it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was delivered very quickly, and is in perfect shape (no damage to the book whatsoever). It is a very easy read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brianna Young-Scott
One of my students chose this book for an independent assignment. I like how the author highlights the need for awareness about males with bulimia and breast cancer. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Monica Lee
Robin Friedman's novel, Nothing, traces the 88 days before his collapse as well as its aftermath. The story, told in alternating chapters by Parker and his younger sister,... Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by Jewish Book World Magazine