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Reasons to study the work
The short chapters, contemporary topics presented and accessible language make this novel a very approachable one. The film of the book complements the film well helping students visualize modern French society realistically
The interest of the work
No et moi tackles head on one of the open wounds of modern society l'exclusion. Gifted Lou is insecure in herself, lacking affection from her grieving mother. Whilst watching trains arriving and observing the display of affection of travellers as they meet their friends and family, Lou meets homeless late-teen No. She decides to devote her feared class exposé to the subject of homeless young women and engages No in conversation. After the successful presentation has taken place No disappears.
The rest of novel traces how Lou does her best to help the older girl; through her innocent eyes we see a world of which we cannot as a society be too proud, a world where the needs of our children are not fully met. We also see that by helping to heal other people we can heal ourselves, that it is possible to get into a virtuous circle if only we care enough. The book is realistic in that some problems can be too bad to solve-it has thus important messages to get across to a present day audience.