Delphine de Vigan
- Title: No and Me
- Author: Delphine de Vigan
- ISBN: null
- Page: 154
- Format: Kindle Edition
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Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years But Lou is about to change her life and that of her parents all because of a school project about homeless teens While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live witParisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years But Lou is about to change her life and that of her parents all because of a school project about homeless teens While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live with them, and is astonished when they agree No s presence forces Lou s family to come to terms with a secret tragedy But can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together when No s own past comes back to haunt her Winner of the prestigious Booksellers Prize in France, No and Me is a timely and thought provoking novel about homelessness that has far reaching appeal.
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This is a young adult novel, set in Paris and translated from the French. A friendship develops between a 13-year old special ed girl and a young woman (18 years old) who lives on the streets. The latter is Nolwenn, the “No” of the title.We’re never given a diagnosis in the story but we realize the special ed girl is autistic, and seems to have Asperger’s syndrome. She’s brilliant but stands by herself under a tree at recess; stifles her laughter; whispers in class; is terrified at hav [...]
This summer, I met a young girl from Croatia’s most war-affected city. She came here, on the other side of the country, to live in a trailer and work in a supermarket for very little money. It was just a lousy summer job, but to her, it was more than good enough. When at home, she lives with her father, barely scraping by, both of them unemployed throughout the year because there are no jobs where she comes from. She told me about growing up hungry and going to school with her stomach complete [...]
There are three people in this story. No, who is homeless, hopeless, untrusting and the natural ally of Luke, the rich and almost-bad boy. Two teenagers together. But he has a crush on Lou, who is years younger, too clever and naive only when it suits the story. And she is more the character used to reveal the story than a truly interesting heroine. The dark secret of the parents is sad, but banal. Their healing, the way they shake themselves off is what people do when they have guests, they mak [...]
Ahhhh, this book is just CHARMING.I had no idea what to expect or if No and Me would be my kind of read ~ I really didn't expect to LOVE it as much as I did. It's a really different read to most contemp YA's I've read lately ~ which could be because this is imported and translated from French. I think this is the kind of book that some people will ABSOLUTELY ADORE and soak up and fall in love with. It may also leave other people scratching their heads and 'just not getting it'I am in the FALLEN [...]
At just 246 pages, No and Me is a slight book, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it volume I found tucked in the dusty, unfrequented back shelves, behind a stand of current best-sellers in sparkly foil jackets. I remembered seeing a friend’s review praising the book for it’s charm (*Hi, Nomes!*), and if you’re familiar with my own reviews you’ll know I can’t resist a quiet, moving story. So I hooked it out with a finger – it had obviously been jammed there on the bottom shelf for a while – [...]
One of my most vivid memories from childhood is the first time I realized that homelessness is a regularly occurring thing. I think I was about five or six, and as my parents and I were climbing into our old car, a man came up and asked my father for some spare change so he could get something to eat. My father gave him some coins but I was so shocked and devastated. It didn’t seem like enough. Surely this man needed immediate help! When we got home, I went to the plastic jar where I’d been [...]
Rating: 4.5 StarsNo and Me is that book that you wish you had a time machine for; the one you want to go back in time and thrust to your young teenage self, begging them to read it because perhaps, if they do, they'll understand life a little better and won't make all the mistakes they will. It's the type of novel that whisks you away into a completely different world, but its prose isn't flowery like that of Laini Taylor; instead, it's a more subtle type of beauty where each and every phrase si [...]
A poignant tale of longing and belonging.Have you ever befriended people who live on filthy streets? Forget that question, have you ever looked at them in the eye?Do you remember in your Social Science class, the books and the teachers always tell you that everyone is equal? Do you believe it?If yes, then why aren't you making friends with the poor? Why aren't you giving them food, clothes and a place to stay? How much can the Services set up by the Government help? There are millions of homeles [...]
Do you ever read something you love so much that it immediately makes you want to purchase the author's entire back catalogue? That happened to me with Delphine de Vigan's Based on a True Story. I so adored it that I was inspired to go on a second-hand book-buying spree, ordering copies of all de Vigan's previous novels (well, all that have been translated into English). I decided to read them in chronological order, meaning No and Me came first despite appealing to me the least. I saw this in a [...]
“How do you find yourself at the age of eighteen out on the streets with nothing and no one? Are we so small, so very small, that the world continues to turn, immensely large, and couldn’t care less where we sleep?”Four years ago, on my way home one night, I met a girl in the train. She was a kid really, selling cheap jewellery. I was standing by the exit, waiting to get down at the next stop. The train jerked, she dropped her stuff and I helped gather it all up – maybe that’s how we g [...]
First, thank you Keertana for recommending this book to me. Your review pushed me to pick it up and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did so.I have this fascination with books written in different languages. Mostly because I can’t read them and I am immediately convinced they are troughs full of treasure that are locked to me because of my inability to read them. This is the feeling that drove me to learn English when I was a kid and the same feeling that drove me to learn Korean. I’m [...]
"Eu nu sunt pentru tine decat o vulpe, la fel ca o suta de mii de alte vulpi. Dar, daca tu ma imblanzesti, vom avea nevoie unul de altul. Tu vei fi, pentru mine, fara seaman pe lume. Eu voi fi, pentru tine, fara seaman pe lume.Poate ca doar asta conteaza, poate ca e de-ajuns sa gasesti pe cineva pe care sa-l imblanzesti."
This book wasn't really bad, but it wasn't good either. I didn't really like the style of writing and the romance was just bad AF. But it was quite eye-opening about being homeless in a big city. Overall 3 stars. Probably longer review later/
My very first french book I read by myself. Can't say that I'm not proud. I really liked the story but I didn't like the ending at all.
”We can send supersonic planes and rockets into space, and identify a criminal from a hair or a tiny flake of skin, and grow a tomato we can keep in the fridge for three weeks without getting a wrinkle, and store millions of pieces of information on a tiny chip. Yet we're capable of letting people die on the streets.” No and Me reminds me a bit of Friday Brown, Both portray the harsh realities of homelessness, of not belonging, but one, more than the other, is more powerful in its message, a [...]
Ranskalainen Delphine de Vigan on kirjoittanut kirjan, joka on oikea helmi kirjojen joukossa. Kirjan nimi on No ja minä (No et moi 2007, suom. 2012). Kirja on Viganin neljäs romaani ja ensimmäinen suomennettu teos. Kirja voitti vuonna 2008 Prix de Libraires-palkinnon. Kirjan päähenkilö on Lou, 13v. tyttö, joka on jo lukiossa huikean älykkyytensä vuoksi, vaikka on niin nuori. Älykkyys eristää hänet muista oppilaista ja Lou on yksinäinen. Hän on myös perheensä ainoa lapsi ja äiti [...]
Oh this book was wonderful.I’d never actually heard of this book before I read Rey’s gorgeous review of it. I’ve always been curious about YA books from other countries (meaning not The Big Three: USA, Australia and the UK) because they must be out there. I know they’re out there but it’s difficult to find out about them because they never get the time of day which is such a shame because I know we’re missing out on all these beautiful YA books that are being lost in translation.I’ [...]
Original post at One More PageI stumbled upon No and Me by Delphine de Vigan from Nomes, who gave it a glowing review on . I was looking for a translated book to read for my TwentyEleven Challenge and this seemed like a perfect one, seeing as it was translated from French to English. Plus, I have learned to trust Nomes' taste in YA contemporary books, so I decided that splurging on an ebook of this is worth it.Lou Bertignac is a smart kid, youngest in class with some OCD tendencies. She's also p [...]
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I felt nothing. Have you ever read a book, where you feel no emotions about it. This is what I felt with No and Me. Maybe it's because I don't really comprehend the situation, because I'm to young. Or that where I live, you don't really see any homeless people. Or, I don't know. But I really wanted to have feelings about this story, but it just didn't happen.I think the problem with this book, is that the character narrates to much. She tells you to much, instead of the author describing it. And [...]
Uma pessoa pega num livro juvenil para desanuviar as ideias e depois, inesperadamente, sente-se dilacerada, farta-se de chorar e gosta muito…Lou tem 13 anos, intelectualmente muito precoce, um QI de 160, associal, diferente, sente-se como “um minúsculo grão de pó, uma partícula invisível”. Tem a cabeça cheia de “coisas”, coleciona palavras novas numa espécie de vertigem e inventa inúmeras “ teorias para se apropriar do mundo e combater a solidão”. Vive numa família profun [...]
Casualmente ho letto questo libro in contemporanea con un altro, appena terminato, “la trota ai tempi di Zorro”, che, benchè diversissimo da questo, tratta, a mio parere, un tema analogo. La crescita, il passaggio dall’infanzia all’adolescenza, e le difficoltà e i problemi che sorgono durante questa transizione.Lou è una ragazzina tredicenne con un QI più alto della media, così si trova in una classe di quindicenni, che usano già il reggiseno e il trucco. Lei è una bambina, isolat [...]
If I could describe this book in one wordGAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHLou Bertignac is a 13 year old sophmore who doesn't really have any friends. She lives in France. One day she meets No, a homeless girl, and asks to interview her for her school project. Eventually she asks her parents to let No move in with them.Allow me to repeat myself:GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHSlow. Slow deathThe writing drove me crazy. It is stilt [...]
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La copertina, è una bella copertina. Il titolo, è un bel titolo. Aver trovato in un libro che acquistai il segnalibro che pubblicizza 'Gli effetti secondari dei sogni' mi ha convinta a comprarlo, quasi si trattasse di un segno del destino. Leggendo la quarta di copertina si scopre che l'autrice, Delphine De Vigan, ha vinto - grazie a questo romanzo - 'il prestigioso Prix des Libraires al Salon du Livre 2008.A questo punto sorge spontanea la domanda: chi è che la De Vigane ha pagato per riusci [...]
Il n’est pas rare que je pioche dans la bibliothèque de mon fils. Nous partageons un amour de la fantasy que je lui ai sans doute inculqué dans ma frénétique recherche de thèmes qui pourraient l’amener à la lecture quand il était petit. Mais cette fois, c’est dans un de ses livres scolaires que je me suis lancée, le genre d’ouvrages avec lesquels j’ai généralement beaucoup de mal parce qu’il touche d’un peu trop près à la réalité, et que je ne lis pas pour lui être c [...]
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadTooLou Bertignac is horrified about the thought of having to give a presentation in class. She is two years younger than the rest of her class, having skipped two grades. And that 2-year difference is glaringly obvious to Lou. She is tiny compared to everyone else, and the popular girls, Axelle and Lea, are pretty. And Lucas, at the back of the class, is totally self-assured, even when their teacher is admonishing him.Lou chooses the topic of homelessness for her [...]
This is one of those books that makes me wish had half stars. I don't think No and Me is really a five star book but four stars seems too little. I really enjoyed this one and it had me hooked from the very beginning. The narrator is unusual and believable. She's a thirteen year old who believes she can change the world. No was an interesting character- frustrating but highly intriguing. I thought Lou's parents were very well developed and their behavior felt right and I was able to connect wel [...]
This book was incredible. Informative and touching, this book captured my attention easily. The characters were interesting, more complex than you immediately think, and the book was well written. I got completely absorbed into the typical French atmosphere and culture, whilst discovering more about the less desirable aspects of the city that people don't usually talk about. I felt the book was very realistic and has the potential to teach a lot of things about life, not just the homeless.
A very touching book with issues that unfortunately are so real. The simple writing style makes the novel an easy read (even in French if it's your second language), but it isn't "easy" emotionally. I found myself quickly attached to the narrator for her will to make the world a better place by saving a young girl from homelessness.
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