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Nothing by Robin Friedman
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A 2009 Sydney Taylor Award Notable Books for Teens winner
Bronze Medal winner for the Young Adult Fiction category of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
"Sometimes trees can look healthy on the outside, but actually be dying inside. These trees fall unexpectedly during a storm."
For high school senior Parker Rabinowitz, anything less than success is a failure. A dropped extracurricular, a C on a calc quiz, a non-Jewish shiksa girlfriend—one misstep, and his meticulously constructed life splinters and collapses. The countdown to HYP (Harvard, Yale, Princeton) has begun, and he will stay focused.
That's why he has to keep it a secret. The pocketful of breath mints. The weird smell in the bathroom.
He can't tell his achievement-obsessed father. He can't tell his hired college consultant. And he certainly can't tell Julianne, the "vision of hotness" he so desperately wants to love.
Only Parker's little sister Danielle seems to notice that he's withering away. But the thunder of praise surrounding Parker and his accomplishments reduces her voice to broken poetry:
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:37 -0400)
Despite his outward image of popular, attractive high-achiever bound for the Ivy League college of his father's dreams, high school senior Parker sees himself as a fat, unattractive failure and finds relief for his overwhelming anxieties in ever-increasing bouts of binging and purging.
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