No et moi
Lou Bertignac a 13 ans, un QI de 160 et des questions plein la tête. Les yeux grand ouverts, elle observe les gens, collectionne les mots, se livre à des expériences domestiques et dévore les encyclopédies.
Enfant unique d’une famille en déséquilibre, entre une mère brisée et un père champion de la bonne humeur feinte, dans l’obscurité d’un appartement dont les rideaux rest
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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 ...more
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 – and brought it ...more
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 hom ...more
No 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 ...more
“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 got talki ...more
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 still ...more
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, and ...more
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 profundamente deprimida, que n ...more
I stumbled upon No and Me by Delphine de Vigan from Nomes, who gave it a glowing review on Goodreads. 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. S ...more
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’m thinking The ...more
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 ...more
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 riuscire ...more
Lou 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 ...more
Originally published in French as an adult novel I only hope people aren't put off by the young adult tag given to the English publication.
The story of what happens when Lou (a somewhat precocious and yet lonely thirteen year old two years ahead of her peers at school) opts to do a presentatio ...more
This was a lovely book to read with many heart tugging moments.
Beautifully written. I enjoyed it very much.
"In books there are chapters to separate out the moments, to show that time is going by and things are changing, and sometimes the parts even have titles that are full of promise - 'The Meeting', 'Hope', 'Downfall' - like paintings do. But in life there's nothing like that, no titles or signs or warnings, nothing to say "Beware, d ...more
But this book just pulls you in! Lou is 13 and has known her share of loss and sorrow and carries a burden much too large for her tiny frame. She has a mother who is practically catatonic with depression and a father who spends his waking hours trying to pretend that this is no ...more
No and Me is poetically, stunningly, profoundly beautiful and incredibly structured. Originally written in French, it was translated into English.
Introverted, obsessive compulsive, precocious 13 year old Lou Bertignac possess an IQ of 160. Her mind races way ahead as she solves complex problems and tests, tracking variables and patterns until it seems her head will explode.
Ahead of her class, she rarely inte ...more
I've struggled for some time since I finished this book on Friday abou ...more
Lou 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:
Slow. Slow death...
The writing drove me crazy. It is ...more
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, isolata dagli altri, ...more
as sad to admit, many times we walk by a homeless person, he is at the edge of our sight if we see him at all. and we hurry, try to ignore.
meet Lou, a gentle, kind, smart 13 year old who struggles to fit in her class after skipping up 2 grades. whenever Lou is overwhelmed by her feelings she tries to disracrt herself logically. everyday she comes home, to a mother who suffers from great depressi ...more
Characters: 1 Star
Writing: 2 Stars
Ending: 1.5 Star
Overall: 1.4 Stars
I was literally forced to read this book for my school's curriculum.
It did not, whatsoever, spark my interest from the first to the last page.
Totally not my cup of tea.
The book was just dragging on forever; too much unnecessary details.
I don't think I can relate to this book at all.
It was unrealistic in so many ways and was totally confusing.
This book did not benefit anything to improve my knowledge from what the ...more