About NOT anything
240 pages | ISBN 9780425219287 | Berkley Books
A powerful debut novel about a girl living a not-so-glamorous life in a city that's all about glamour.
It always sounds way more glamorous than it is when Susie Shannon tells people that she's from Miami. But Miami's not all sunshine and hotties. It's endless zip codes and mega high schools where, if someone lost anything-including themselves-they just might not find it again...
Not that Susie ever lost herself. No way. Ever since her mom died, she made sure to keep her world safe. With no boyfriend, an increasingly MIA best friend, and a dad who couldn't pick her out of lineup to save his life, she somehow managed to stay okay.
Then she met Danny Diaz. Danny's is the life that she's destined to change. At least that's what Mr. Murphy said when he begged Susie to tutor Danny. She doubts that she could change anyone's life, but what if Mr. Murphy's right? Or better yet, what if Danny is destined to change hers?
"Any girl who's ever fumbled her way through changing friendships, first love and real loss will find a friend in Susie Shannon." ~Melissa Walker, author of the Violet series, Lovestruck Summer, Small Town Sinners
"Carmen Rodrigues is my favorite emerging young writer. Her novel NOT anything is funny, sad, honest, quick-moving. I love this book! Can't wait to see what she puts together next!" ~ Matt de la Pena, author of We Were Here, Ball Don't Lie,and Mexican Whiteboy.
"Susie is a charming protagonist that will keep you turning pages as she struggles to figure out love and loss." ~ Stephanie Hale, author of The Aspen Brooks series and The Alpha Bet.
"Full of mistakes, regrets, forgiveness, humor, and love, NOT anything is one rewarding"
"...Once I started to read, I could not stop... I definitely recommend NOT anything to any female wishing to read about a high school girl." ~Teen Reviewer, Flamingnet.com
"[Rodrigues] also doesn't appear to have forgotten one instant of high school...Reading this book, I felt my pimples popping out all over again.." ~ Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News