Nothing is Terrible is novel by Matthew Sharpe and was published in 2000. It is about a girl named Mary, who is an orphan and lives with her aunt and uncle. Then has an affair with a woman who is her sixth grade teacher. They move to Manhattan where Mary meets a lot of odd and eccentric people to teach her about life. The author didn't realize at the time that he was writing a bizarre retelling of Charlotte Brontë's classic Jane Eyre.