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The Compulsive Reader: NOT Anything by Carmen Rodrigues

Friday, February 1, 2008

NOT Anything by Carmen Rodrigues


In the six years since her mother's tragic death, Susie Shannon seems to have withdrawn from the world, relying on only her best friend Marisol and her mother, and occasionally her absent-minded father to keep plowing though life. She's sad most of the time, and painfully shy, only truly coming alive with Marisol. Then her favorite teacher asks her to tutor Danny Diaz, a popular junior. Reluctantly, Susie agrees. She is shocked by Danny's easygoing nature and even more surprised when he seem eager to become her friend. Slowly, Danny draws her out of her shell, setting off a series of sudden and fast paced events that culminate in a massive blow out with the people Susie loves most. Things can never go back to the way they were…

NOT Anything was a surprisingly absorbing read. Susie is a freshly realistic character, and her indecision and grief are tangible. The captivating, witty, and honest dialogue easily propels the reader through the book. Rodrigues writes with a confidence that proves she knows teenagers and the emotions that being a teen often entails. Full of mistakes, regrets, forgiveness, humor, and love, NOT Anything is one rewarding read.


This book will be available from Berkeley Jam (An Imprint of Penguin Group USA) on February 5, 2008. The sequel, A Little Something, will be available in July!


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11 comments:

bethany said...

I agree! Not Anything is a really great read!

Chelsea said...

This sounds like a great book.

courtney said...

I read Not Anything and was just as moved as you were. I think your review is spot on! Susie is a strong character who learns she needs to find herself in order to be the person she wants to be. I'm so glad she does. She's an inspiration.

brian said...

Sounds intriguing, can't wait to get it !

harmonybookreviews said...

Sounds like a great books. I'd never heard of it until now but it sounds great. I'll have to check it out soon!

Alyson Noel said...

I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Great review!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Wow, what a great review!

Melissa said...

Susie is such a great character--everyone will enjoy following her on this journey!

Sara Hantz said...

Fab review. I can't wait to read Not Anything, the premise is awesome.

Laurin said...

Not Anything is refreshingly real with beautiful characters.

Jess said...

I just started it yesterday and so far I'm hooked!