June 21, 2010

review: No and Me

author:  Delphine de Vigan

Description from Goodreads:   Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years. But Lou is about to change her life—and that of her parents—all because of a school project about homeless teens.

My perspective:    Lou, intelligent, also seems to have Asperger's.   This is a somber book with dark   themes.  Lou meets a homeless 18-year-old girl No, and interviews her for a school project.  We learn what being homeless is like: get up early to leave the shelter because everyone must leave.  Wander around the cold (brrrrrrr) city all day until time to get in line for another shelter.

Homelessness is not the only desolate topic covered.   Lou's family has a history they never talk about.  Lou's school friend Lucas has his own set of problems.  And of course, we meet No, the 18-year-old homeless girl,  and get a hint of her own issues.   I liked what a French reviewer wrote (translated through Google) about No:  "a rebellious bird and tame will not be a simple matter." 

Somber, but well worth the read.

No and Me won the French  Literary Expression of Rotary International prize.


Heather said...

This looks wonderful! Thank you for the review! I just requested it for Kindle on Amazon, my favorite way to read. :)

Nightly Cafe said...

Great review and the book sounds interesting. Homelessness is something much overlooked world wide :). Thanks for sharing.