Sunday, August 29

Review: No and Me by Delphine De Vigan

Title: No and Me
By: Delphine De Vigan
Reading Level: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Bloosmbury Books
My Copy: Review Copy Provided by Publisher
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Book Description:
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.

This is a truely incredible novel about the reality of life for a homeless girl and her impact on the family that wanted to save her. The detail and presentation of this author on such a truely controversial topic had me at the edge of seat throughout the story. The two main characters of this novel are incredibly detailed allowing the reader to feel the story. Lou, is a young girl that is trying to survive in a life of devistation and heartbreak; it appears as though to cope she is on a mission to discover a place where hope, joy, and happy endings really do exist. Unfortunately, her dreams lead her to the saving No. No is a homeless eighteen year old.  As the story unfolds No's life is a tragedy, and I felt the struggle within myself to hope that she could find a safe and comfortable home. It soon proved that you can dress a fox like a cat, but nothing can change that a fox is a fox. No was able to acclimate herself for a short time in this family's life, but soon her true colors showed through as she began regressing to her old habits and lifestyle. As things began to unravel I felt compelled to as a mother to protect Lou from her friend; I could forsee that this could foresee obstacles that would hinder Lou's future. My most concerning obstacle was that as No began regressing to her old lifestyle that it was possible, even probable, that Lou was going to follow her friend with her compelling need to save her. Also on my list of concerns was that with a troublesome past and lack of education Lou's future would potentionally be hindered by the baggage. Like the saying, "you take the good with the bad", No being apart of Lou family for a short time proved to be benefical as well. I believe that it was best that this family experience the addition of No, but I do believe that it was something that could not last. This book will leaving you thinking long after the last page, and will be nearing impossible to forget. I love to read books that create so much emotion in the character and the reader that you will feel exhausted once completed. This is absolutely without a doubt one of those novels.


Kelley Vitollo said...

I want to read this! Great review.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I've never heard of this before, but it sounds so, so good! Great review! :)

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