Me and You

Me and You
Niccolo Ammanti
Reviewed by Thomas Ogilvie
Canongate
Thu, 02/02/2012
9780857861979
£10.00

Lorenzo is a 14-year-old loner who decides to get some space for a week by hiding in the family cellar with books, video games and no showers, all while his parents think he’s on a skiing trip. His secret sojourn is rudely interrupted by his half-sister Olivia, who joins him in the seclusion he’s created for himself and they enter into an alliance which changes everything.

Already a bestseller in Italy, Me and You is brilliantly written and deftly translated. Not overly long, and with characters that are more interesting than likeable, Ammaniti’s novel is both unforgettable and suspenseful, packing a real emotional punch. A potentially great book group book.
 
 

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