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Name Me Nobody

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  284 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A powerful novel of friendship, family, sexuality, and identity from a unique voice in fiction in which 13-year-old Emi-Lou struggles with coming of age and middle school in Hawaii.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 3rd 2000 by Hyperion Books (first published 1999)
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Mar 20, 2014 Tori rated it liked it
Had to read it for book club. Wouldn't have picked it otherwise, and probably won't read anything else by this author. Definitely would not recommend it.

Having lived in Hawaii for several years, I understood most of the pidgin/Hawaiian terms (like pau, haole, and ohana) and could even relate to places (like Diamond Head and Ala Moana). So, it was a bit of a walk down memory lane, which I enjoyed. However, had I not had that experience - a great deal of this book would have frustrated me - as th
Sarah Crawford
Feb 26, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is a novel about Emi-lou,a 13-year old Japanese/American girl in Hawaii. Her mother lives in California and she has no idea where her father is. She also has a best friend named Von.

The entire novel revolves around Emi-lou's relationship to Von, and how that relationship is threatened when another girl comes between her and Von.

Emi-lou starts out overweight but she loses that extra weight when she is trained to be on a girl's baseball team. Most of the other girls don't like her, though, an
Jan 06, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I didn't like this as much as Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers. I don't know if two books is enough to say there's a trend, but this is the second book where there are secondary characters who are queer (in the case of Name Me Nobody, quite a few of them), but while the main character gets called lesbian/dyke/etc. it turns out she isn't. And in this book, even though it's all about learning to accept her best friend is a lesbian, overall it kind of comes off as "whew, at least the protagonist isn ...more
Highland Library
This book was refreshingly different. The author used language that sounded just as if main character, 13 year old Emi-Lou, really was the one writing. I love it when an author can depict the dialogue that teens actually use and can easily relate to. We also get immersed in to Hawaiian culture, one of the many things that made this book great to read.

Name Me Nobody takes place in Hawaii, giving us a few glimples at the goursgeous blue water and wihite sandy beaches. Most of this book is set in
Apr 04, 2010 Lydia rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lgbt
The ending of the last paragraph of the first chapter of this book says a lot:

"They say that the word bastard doesn't apply to girls It only refers to boys who don't have fathers. But that's what I am. A nobody bastard girl."

Emi-Lou (named after my husband's cousin, Emmylou Harris) lives within the California Japanese community with her grandmother, who loves her unconditionally, never bugging her about her weight problem. Her best friend and protector, Von, is not only beautiful, but invited to
Feb 09, 2010 Yoonmee rated it really liked it
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May 17, 2015 Book Bounty rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I would not recommend it this book for anyone who has or had an eating disorder. This book does not acknowledge or address that Emi-Lou's best friend forced an eating disorder on her.

It does not handle the would-be sexual assault well.

It does not handle the lesbian characters well.

It's exhausting talking about everything that is wrong with this book.

My full thoughts can be read here.!Rev...
Jan 19, 2015 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The amount of assholery depicted in this novel is astonishing, and I absolutely loved it. I'm glad I cracked this one open to read about freshmen year fuck-ups, and even gladder that there were no vampires involved. 5 for Emi-lou, a damn good character.
Dec 12, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
What kinds of things do teens face today? All kinds, including discovering who you are. Name Me Nobody by Lois-Ann Yamanaka is a book based on two best friends who are so close that it seems nothing could tear them apart. That is only until Emi-Lou doesn’t know how to deal with Vons new likes and dislikes. On top of everything Emi-Lou is over weight and Vons new friends don’t seem to accept her. What else could go wrong for Emi-Lou if she is loosing control of the person she seems to care about ...more
Brandon Abbate
Sep 30, 2013 Brandon Abbate rated it really liked it
Name me nobody is a story of a 13 year old girl named Emi-Lou, going through life. With all the drama expected, she's overweight and lives with her grandmother. She's incredibly close with her best friend Yvonne but things get shaky as they meet new people

I really liked the book, I felt connected, especially because I knew how being a little chubby felt like in school. The story does pretty good in getting me sucked in. I wanted to see if she was ok or what her next revelation was. The other bi
Katie M.
May 30, 2011 Katie M. rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, ya, 2011
I keep coming back to Yamanaka's novels for her ability to transport the reader right smack into the middle of everyday life in Hawaii, a life which I mostly know nothing about. She also doesn't pull any punches or pretty up the hard stuff - which I do like, although it made this book so uncomfortable to read. Because really, on my list of things that I want to do on any given day, vividly reliving the misery of middle school is actually pretty close to the bottom. Basically, I appreciate the ex ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Lang rated it really liked it
I read it when I was in 9th grade as a reading assignment.I'm glad that I picked this book. I was like Emi-Lou, who was not breave enough to speak up for ourselves, in the middle of nowhere, does not fit in to any groups, alone, but she is lucky Yvonne got her back, helped her. Which I was jealoused. A friend who got her back all the time. Now I found my best friend and she got my back and I got hers.
Haley  *all systems go, the sun hasn't died*
This book was ok. I felt like it was fairly well-written and all, but at some parts it was just so depressing. I also felt like Emi-Lou was way older than thirteen- she should have been fifteen or sixteen. Anyway, this is a young adult novel. I read this in 6th grade and maybe that wasn't the best idea. Some of the material is a little better suited for older readers, so I recommend to grades 7-12.
Mar 11, 2008 Janie rated it did not like it
I read halfway through, realizing that nothing about the story hit me or excited me at all. I finished the book out of curiousity of how it would end & I don't like books being read half way (I want to give all books a chance is possible) but this one sort of disappointed.
Dec 29, 2008 Jolee rated it it was amazing
REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD confusing in parts because they speak weirdly... I think its called pigeon... idk my dad grew up in Hawaii, unless i have it wrong... but its really good, strong friendships stuff like that.

I recommend book to many
Lindsay Gassmann
Aug 19, 2007 Lindsay Gassmann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
A wonderful book about one girls struggle to fit in, and her struggle with trying to understand why her mother left her. It's also a wonderful book because it deals with things that I'm sure some thirteen year-olds have been through.
Aug 26, 2015 Sookicrisp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real
everyone in here is so real !! like damn... i got dizzy
Mar 09, 2007 Shailie rated it it was ok
This was a book I picked up from the library once..It was alright.A one time read maybe..But you wont be missing out on much if you dont read it.
Feb 11, 2013 Alison rated it liked it
This is a high three star book (3.5 if I could). The beginning is strong, the end is a little muddled, but overall it's a good read.
Susan Yasuhara
Dec 26, 2008 Susan Yasuhara rated it really liked it
High school teenagers and how difficult it is to fit in. Been there, haven't you?
Nov 27, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
A great young adult novel in an unusual setting--Hilo, Hawaii. Very hard to put down!
Jun 28, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
This was a sad story.....makes you wonder how people are treated and how you treat others
Jaina Bee
This is just too painfully accurate and wonderful. Why can't there be YA lit for midlife?
Apr 09, 2016 Tweller83 rated it did not like it
Didn't like this book and didn't finish this book. Left off on page 88.
Very engaging. Wonderful insights into contemporary YA Hawaii culture.
Alex N.
Sep 10, 2012 Alex N. is currently reading it
Liking this so far. I'm a big fan of Blu's Hanging. Support local authors.
Lillie 706
Sep 28, 2010 Lillie 706 rated it it was amazing
really sad she is all anerexic cause she is fat :(
Jul 24, 2008 Cara rated it it was amazing
a young adult book, but excellent for adults as well.
Feb 29, 2008 Scary rated it really liked it
Very good book for young teens to read!
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Lois-Ann Yamanaka is the author of Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, Blu's Hanging, Heads by Harry, Name Me Nobody, Father of the Four Passages, The Heart's Language, and Behold the Many. Her work has received numerous awards including the Hawai'i Award for Literature, the American Book Award, the Children's Choice for Literature, the Pushcart Prize for poetry, ...more
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