NO AND ME by Delphine de Vigan


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Although deemed “intellectually precocious” and placed ahead two grades, 13-year-old Parisian Lou Bertignac lacks the words and confidence to fit in with her older and more physically mature classmates, to cope with her depressed mother, who had a breakdown after losing Lou’s infant sister, and to connect with Lucas, a fellow loner who was held back two grades but isn’t afraid of life or authority. Then Lou meets homeless girl No. Using the excuse of research for a class presentation, Lou interviews No, and not only does she learn about the harsh conditions of homelessness but she finds her voice to tell her own story as well. Her thought-provoking and often poetic musings about No’s life (“Are we so small, so very small, that the world continues to turn, immensely large, and couldn’t care less where we sleep?”) challenge readers to rethink their responsibilities to humankind. In a realistic ending that is at once heartening and heartrending, Lou also discovers that saving No is harder than she ever imagined. Winner of France’s Prix des Libraires, this quiet yet gripping translation proves its merit. (Fiction. YA)
Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59990-479-5
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2010


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