Name Me Nobody
Named after Emmylou Harris because her mother used to " do it" to the Profile album, 14-year-old Emi-Lou Kaya feels like a nobody in her Hawaiian town: " I`m not smart enough to be a nerd. I`m not stink enough to be a turd. I fall somewhere right below the band geeks and right above the zeroes. "... show more
Named after Emmylou Harris because her mother used to " do it" to the Profile album, 14-year-old Emi-Lou Kaya feels like a nobody in her Hawaiian town: " I`m not smart enough to be a nerd. I`m not stink enough to be a turd. I fall somewhere right below the band geeks and right above the zeroes. " Abandoned by her mother at age three, Emi-Lou hasn`t a clue as to who her father might be, and on top of all this, she is overweight. (The popular Japanese girls at school call her Emi-lump, Emi-oink, or Emi-fat. ) Her only salvation is the strength of the hard-as-nails but loving grandmother who raised her, and the feisty spirit of her best friend Yvonne. It is Yvonne who renames the dynamic duo Von and Louie, and who puts Emi-Lou on a strict weight-loss regimen. (" Von always says she`s the tough outward and I`m the tough inward. " ) But Emi-Lou starts to worry about losing her touchstone when Von begins spending a little too much time with Babes, an older girl from the softball team. Rumors abound that her soul sister is a " butchie," and when Emi-Lou suspects it`s true, she becomes desperate to get Von back to " normal" and back to her role as best friend. With dialogue that sparks with the rhythms of pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English) , this compelling novel explores sexuality, racism, and the troubled waters of establishing one`s own identity. Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of the equally funny and insightful Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, creates in Emi-Lou a character as complex and lovely as the Hawaiian landscape itself. (Ages 13 and older) --Brangien Davis
Publish date: July 3rd 2000
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
This is a high three star book (3.5 if I could). The beginning is strong, the end is a little muddled, but overall it's a good read.
This book was ok. I felt like it was fairly well-written and all, but at some parts it was just so depressing. I also felt like Emi-Lou was way older than thirteen- she should have been fifteen or sixteen. Anyway, this is a young adult novel. I read this in 6th grade and maybe that wasn't the best i...