No and Me

No and Me

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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 project Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou cannot bear that No is still on the streets when she goes back home - even if it is to a home that is saddened and desolate. So she asks her parents if No can come to live with them. To her astonishment, her parents - eventually - agree. No's presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together? A tense, brilliant novel tackling the true meanings of home and homelessness.show more

Product details

  • 13+
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 214g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Young adult ed
  • 0747599831
  • 9780747599838
  • 76,012

About Delphine de Vigan

Delphine de Vigan is French and lives in Paris. Having published several adult novels, this is her first novel for young adults. No and Me was awarded the Prix des Libraires 2008 (The Booksellers' Prize).show more

Review quote

'Well-structured, with moments of tenderness and truth about family life and home, inadequate parents and neglected children, No and Me is honest (as revealing and insightful about Lou and home life as it is about No and homelessness) but also at least partially reassuring' The Independent on Sunday 'A thing of poetic beauty' The Times 'There is no doubt that all ages will find much to relish in this deceptively simple tale that is touching and enlightening' The Herald 'Lou's transparent narrative at times naive, at times profound marks this apart as something special' The Sunday Telegraphshow more

Rating details

6,495 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 21% (1,352)
4 41% (2,651)
3 29% (1,855)
2 8% (534)
1 2% (103)

Our customer reviews

No and Me. And Lucas. Three kids/teens, who have all been left alone, in different ways. They all have different backgrounds. Still something puts them together to form a friendship. No is homeless. Lucas has a home, but alone. Lou has a home too, with her parents, but she still feels alone. This book is pretty short, it easy enough to read even if it has some quite serious subjects in it. Come to think of it. I actually don´t know where the homeless in my country/city are. I know that there are homeless people, places that give out food and all that. But places with people actually living on the street, I´ve no idea. Or haven´t I just noticed? I notice the people on the street walking past me looking like they might be homeless. But I do not know where they go. Do you?show more
by Johanna Pulkkinen
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