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Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti (2010)

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14-year-old Lorenzo has always been an outsider, despite his parents' efforts to goad him into having friends and fitting in. When he tries to make points with his mother by telling her he's been invited on a ski trip with a popular group at school, she's so thrilled he can't bring himself to tell her the truth. Instead, he holes up in the basement of their apartment building for a week of uninterrupted "Lorenzo" time, free from adults and peer pressure. Instead, he's interrupted by a half-sister he barely knows, and he experiences changes which will forever alter his picture of himself in the world.

Told between the bookends of Lorenzo's life at 24, the story's importance is shown in the final few pages, when he finally goes to see his sister again. Sweet, funny, and sad, all in one. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Nov 13, 2016 |
This started out so powerfully that I was floored by how good it was and then it seemed to lose its way about half way through. In the end it was too simplistic for me, and I hardly ever see that as a negative. I had trouble working out whether the book was written specifically for teens or whether it was deliberately simple in tone.

Still, it's nice to have a novel read inside a week these days! ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
Questo libricino si legge molto velocemente soprattutto per il suo esiguo numero di pagine :).
A me è piaciuto molto, è una storia tenera, un po' inverosimile ma comunque mi ha emozionato. E poi Ammaniti a me piace tanto e lo leggo sempre con piacere. Inoltre il fatto che sia riuscito a far evolvere il protagonista in così poche pagine credo sia da valutare positivamente in quanto non la ritengo una cosa così banale.
Certo, il prezzo è un po' elevato e forse se lo si riesce a prendere in biblioteca lo si apprezza molto di più :) ( )
  tersil83 | Apr 1, 2013 |
Challenging and somewhat confranting about a boy and his junkie sister. A modern take on a "Moral " story. short, sharp and to the point. I loved it and think it's got some potential and class set or textbook for more senior students, Coming of age story. Identity. ( )
  JanBarlow | Mar 6, 2013 |
This book was a good start of my reading year, with a book this thin. It was easy to read, but has a clear deeper, touching, layer that makes you think.

The story is about Lorenzo, the typical outsider boy at high school. But he tries (and it seems to work) to give his parents the idea that he fits in. Part of this is a made up invitation for a skiing holiday. But of course he isn't. He spents the week in the cellar. And it's a weird week, as an unexpected person comes by and needs his help.

Until now I only read the more hillarious books by [[Ammaniti]]. This was much more heavy and touching. And also a good read. ( )
  boekenwijs | Feb 10, 2013 |
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In de echt donkere nacht van de ziel is het altijd drie uur 's nachts.
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Lorenzo has a few issues. They include the fact that he doesn’t have, or want, any friends. Because this is making his parents unhappy, he tells them he has been invited on a skiing holiday with a group from school. In fact, he is planning to spend the week happily ensconced in the cellar of their apartment building with a supply of canned tuna.

Then his estranged older sister Olivia turns up in the cellar with some issues of her own. Over the next few days, as Lorenzo helps her through her heroin withdrawal, they form an intense bond. And Olivia reveals some secrets that the family have kept from Lorenzo.

Niccolò Ammaniti, the author of the hugely popular I’m Not Scared, has been described as ‘the best novelist of his generation’. With this breathtaking novel, he has produced a small masterpiece.
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To quell the anxiety of his concerned, socially conscious parents, Lorenzo tells them he's been invited on an exclusive ski vacation. His real plan: for one blessed week, Lorenzo will retreat to a forgotten cellar in his family's apartment building, where he will live in perfect isolation, keeping the adult world at bay. When his estranged half-sister, Olivia, shows up in the cellar unexpectedly, the two become locked in a battle of wills, forced to confront the very demons they are each struggling to escape.… (more)

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