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No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
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Oct 20, 10

Read in September, 2010

Set in Paris this quirky tale of a precocious 13-year-old genius Lou, who befriends a homeless girl, will capture your emotions. Whilst her family are experiencing emotional freefall following the death of their baby, Lou befriends No, a homeless girl, who is a few years older than her. She initially attempts to befriend No as part of a school project, then, naively attempts to change her life for the better. Lou manages to persuade her parents to take No in and No, with some difficulty, manages to slot into family life and get a job. She has a big impact on all of their lives, however, slowly but surely the reality of life on the street begins to creep back into No's life. Lou's parents have had enough, and No leaves. Lou's only friend Lucas also wishes to help, and the two of them conceal No at Lucas's apartment, determined that she will live a 'normal' life.

This is a beautiful book, slowly divulged by Lou. Although at first glance it appears that the grim reality of the parallel world of the homeless is not explored, the author does not side step the issues, rather you see it from Lou’s perspective. A lovely book.

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