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No And Me

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  3,263 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160 and a good friend called Lucas, who gets her through the school day. At home her father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn't been out of the house properly for years. But Lou is about to change her life - and that of her parents - for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Through the proj...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published August 22nd 2007)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
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 completely...more
Petra X
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...more
Nomes
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...more
Reynje

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
Catie
Oct 22, 2012 Catie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catie by: Nomes, Reynje
Shelves: read-in-2012, ya
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 stor...more
Hershey
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 hom...more
Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
Scarlet
“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 talkin...more
Nafiza
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 still...more
Tina
Sep 15, 2011 Tina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Nomes
Shelves: ebooks, 2011, contemporary, ya
Original post at One More Page

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. Sh...more
Summer {is puntastic}
”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, and...more
Maura
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...more
Jo
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’m thinking The...more
Luana
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 riuscire...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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
Nicola
This is one of those books that makes me wish Goodreads 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 co...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
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.
Adria Cimino
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.
Amanda
Where to begin. If you'd told me that I would be up til the wee hours of the night reading a book about a 13 yr old Parisian girl who befriends an 18 yr old homeless girl, I'd've snorted with laughter. Right in your face.

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
Linda Lipko
Going out on a limb early in 2011, I believe this will be one of my top reads this year.
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
LitAddictedBrit
I've seen a lot about this book on all kinds of blogs since it was published and I saw comments on plot, characters, style, cultural references...the list goes on. But nowhere did I see anything about how the novel deals with its key subject matter: homelessness. I'll admit that part of the reason I loved this book so much was that it tackles the issue with sensitivity and understanding and I respect de Vigan so much for this.

I've struggled for some time since I finished this book on Friday abou...more
Amy
If I could describe this book in one word...
GAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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:
GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Slow. Slow death...
The writing drove me crazy. It is...more
Sharon
this is a warm hearting, heart breaking, lyrical book that captures the human nature so beautifully.

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
Maha
An easy to read book that tells the story of Lou, a 13 year old school girl and the only daughter in a family that is traumatized by the sudden death of the second daughter. Lou, a smart young lady elegantly describes her emotions and the way she thinks about school, friends, study, and hobbies. Lou befriends 'No,' a homeless young adult, who Lou befriends while working on school project. The strength of the book lies in how we are transformed to feel, think, and question how a 13 year old react...more
Kristen Herzog
No and Me is a story told by Lou Bertignac about her life as a 13 year old who is an only child and lives in France. Her mother struggles with depression due to the death of her youngest daughter, Chloe and her father struggles to keep his family together and work, keep the household chores done and provide meals for the three of them. Lou likes to 'get away' by visiting a local train station and people watch. One day she meets No who is 18 and homeless. Lou and No create a very unique friendshi...more
Ms M
This is a beautiful story of an unlikely friendship, loyalty and honesty. It is an engaging read and apart from worrying the entire time about its suitability (after recommending it for Girlzone Bookclub). This book certainly touches on some very raw nerves and some adult themes but they are dealt with in a sensitive and gentle way!
Laura
No and Me is a thought provoking, heart wrenching novel that keeps the reader cheering, hoping, and wishing that the main characters survive the unyielding, unfortunate, and unfair circumstances of life. The story is set in modern day Paris with the protagonist Lou, a13-year-old girl with an IQ of 160, who is trying to figure out how to handle the deep depression her mother has collapsed into after the death of baby. No is an 18 year girl who has taken to the streets after being unloved and unwa...more
Krvava Meri
Ko naiven in nepokvarjen glas spregovori o brezdomstvu, odtujenih družinskih odnosih in ostalih krivicah našega sveta. Prijetno in hitro branje, ki v svoji preprostosti odpira bistveno globlja vprašanja, kot je videti iz linearne zgodbe, ki ji sledimo.
MA
This is a well written, thought-provoking novel about two teenage girls. The main character, Lou Bertignac, is a 13 year old with an IQ of 160 that has been pushed ahead two grade levels over her peers. Sadly, her family has been struggling since the death of her baby sister. Lou’s mother is distant and not engaged. No is a homeless girl that Lou befriends and wants to help. Lou doesn’t understand how society is capable of letting people die in the street so she convinces her parents to help No...more
Dianna Linder
This short book, originally written in French and translated by George Miller (author of 'Babe') is an emotion-laden coming of age story. It is told by Lou Bertignac, a quirky, lonely 14-year old girl whose advanced IQ has allowed her to skip a few grades. Her class project, interviewing a homeless 18-year old woman she has seen hanging around the train station, leads Lou to self discovery and facilitates change in her complex family dynamics. The translation feels a bit clunky, but the narrativ...more
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Delphine de Vigan is French and lives in Paris. She has published several novels for adults. No and Me was awarded the Prix des Libraires 2008 (The Booksellers' Prize) in France.
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