It’s hour 4 into the read-a-thon and I’ve completed reading one book, which is good considering the fact that I’m about to pack up my stuff and head to the brother and sister-in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. Even though I’m taking a huge break in the middle of the day, I have every intention of coming back tonight and continue going. I’m hoping I’m not too exhausted from eating plate after plate of turkey!!! MMMMM…..
The first book I read this morning was Delphine de Vigan’s “No and Me” which was recommended to me by a co-worker that loved it. Her rave review is what made it my first selection for the read-a-thon this morning. It is the story of Lou Bertignac who at age 14 has got lost in the shadows of her little sister’s death. Her family is broken, her Mother is hanging on by a thread, her Father going through the motions and Lou who is completely lost. You can sense her pain in this quote, “I just want to be like other people. I envy their ease, their laughter, their stories. I’m sure they’ve got something I haven’t. I’ve spent ages looking in the dictionary for a word that means ease, casualness, confidence. A word that I can put in my notebook in capital letters, like a magic spell”.
Things take a drastic turn when Lou is asked to choose a topic for a project for school. The first thing that comes out of her mouth when asked to choose a topic is investigating the life of homeless people. In order to do research she sets out to meet someone who lives on the streets and this is when we are first introduced to No. Her name is actually Nolwenn, but she goes by the name of No.
No is a few years older than Lou, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that they are both looking to find someone to look out for them and show them love. They quickly build an unbreakable bond and Lou even gathers the courage to ask her parents is No can stay at their home for a while while she gets on her feet again. No enters the Bertignac home and not only does No start to change the way Lou sees things, she also has a tremendous impact on Lou’s Mother and Father.
It was sweet, caring and a definite read for anyone that like a good story about friendship.
Happy Reading Friends and have fun this afternoon while I’m out of office 😉