Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows is well-known for her New York Times bestselling adult titles The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and The Truth According to Us, as well as her children’s books that include the Ivy + Bean series, The Magic Half and Magic in the Mix.

Annie's books have been nominated for numerous awards including the Bluestem Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Virginia Readers' Choice, the Massachusetts Children's Book Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and was on the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Ivy + Bean has been an ALA Notable Book and is one of Common Sense Media's "50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12." Nothing is her teen debut.




Funny and irreverent, New York Times-bestselling author Annie Barrows's teen debut tells the story of two teenage girls who don’t have insane sex, shoot up, combat aliens, kill themselves, flunk out, or discover they’ve always loved each other—and their parents don’t die, either.

Charlotte and Frankie are tired of reading the typical YA novel. Girls with long red hair, boys who look like they stepped out of a steamy advertisement. It’s fun to read but in real life, extraordinary things don’t happen to ordinary fifteen-year-old girls. Charlotte and Frankie know being fifteen is nothing like a novel. It’s mostly just boring.

So Charlotte decides she’ll write her own book about what their lives are really like. A book about not being able to drive. A book about parents who enforce curfews, and older brothers who aren’t heartthrobs and already have girlfriends. It’s a book about, well, nothing.

Although, as it turns out, being fifteen in the real world isn’t as boring as they thought. It’s funny, heartbreaking, silly, and complicated. Between boys, friends, family, and the all-important driving lessons, Charlotte and Frankie realize that even though they aren’t YA heroes, being fifteen might not be so bad after all.