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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Hyperion (1999)
  • ASIN: B001AARZIE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,329,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Name Me Nobody by Lois-Ann Yamanaka was one of the few books I couldn't put down. Being through the adolescent trauma of weight problems, school, and boys, I knew exactly where Emi-lou was coming from. As a child Emi-lou, dubbed Louie by her best friend Von, was abandoned by her mother and left to be taken care of by her grandmother. Emi-lou must put up with many hardships, mostly about her being over-weight. It seems as though whenever she does something wrong, her weight is blamed. Everything begins to change once she and Von go to play for the Hilo Astros, a woman's softball team. Emi-lou begins to realize the meaning of family, friendship, and love. She also finds that bonds between two people that truly care about each other can be torn but not completely broken.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've so far read most of Yamanaka's work and liked it all! The subject material is hard and sometimes painfully honest but well worth the read. At 26, I think this book can be appreciated by all ages, and really isnt a "young adult" book. It is much like her other novels, only a little less harsh in the subject matter. (In her other books the author often depicts some explicit and painful to read scenes involving the characters or animals that may not be the best images for children)Yamanaka has a knack for describing the peoples of Hawaii with a unique feel in all her books. This book, like Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers etc., can be appreciated by audiences of any age who want to have a good, cant-put-it-down type of experience. I recommend it for anyone who likes this interest group!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Meaghan on January 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I liked the story in "Name Me Nobody". Everyone knows the tales about girls who lose their best friends when their friend finds a boyfriend. "Name Me Nobody" puts a twist on the old familiar theme: Emi-Lou lost her best friend Von to Von's GIRLFRIEND. This is original and I like originality. Five points for that.
However, the book was very hard to follow. The huge cast of characters, many of them going by several names, frustrated me and I didn't know what was going on half the time. For instance, there's Genevieve and Viva. They're the same person. I think. But I'm not sure. I think the author could have tried harder to make the book clear and easy to follow. Minus one point for that.
Another thing that annoyed me was the language. The pidgin English did add to the authenticity of the story, which is set in Hawaii. But many times the characters inserted Japanese words into their speech and I could only guess as to what the Japanese meant. This would not have been a problem had their been a glossary enclosed, like in John Marsden's books where everyone speaks Aussie. But "Name Me Nobody" had no glossary, so the language just kept me guessing. Minus one point for hard to understand.
It was a good book, but these flaws annoyed me and I'm not inclined to buy it, or even check it out from the library again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Name Me Nobody is original, and real. The characters are textured, and all of them flawed. Some are drawn with great depth and dimension: Emi-lou, Von, Kyle -- whilst some are less clear: Sterling, Babes, Grandma. Still, the story will keep you hooked until the very last page. Name Me Nobody explores the troubles of self perception, sexuality, broken homes, bullying, and finally -- adolescent relationships. The protagonist is a likeable but imperfect narrator who will charm your heart. Some parts were so emotionally fraught that they forced me to examine the pains and pleasures of my own life. You will ache for Emi-lou when those she once cherished turn against her. A brilliant story.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on May 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
NAME ME NOBODY by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
A young adult book that will be enjoyed by adults as well, NAME ME NOBODY is the story of thirteen-year-old Emi-Lou Kaya, a very insecure overweight Japanese American living in Hawaii. Her mother lives on the mainland and she does not know who her father is. Her maternal grandmother, a very feisty strong-willed woman who is trying to correct the errors she made while raising Emi-Lou's mother and Aunt Vicky, is raising Emi-Lou. If it weren't for her Grandma and her best friend Yvonne, Emi-Lou feels she would have no one else in the world to love her.
The story details Emi-Lou's (Louie's) trials as she attends Junior High school, tries to fit in, and maintains her friendship with Yvonne (Von). When Emi-Lou notices that Von is starting to pay more attention to another girl in school, warning bells go off inside her head, and she finds herself wondering what is going on. Jealousy rears its ugly head as she lets this new friendship come between her and Von.
Emi-Lou also deals with boys, wishing to be noticed by the coolest in school, and Von helps Emi-Lou lose weight. She finds a new sense of self-esteem when they finally notice her, but maybe for the wrong reasons. It's tough growing up, especially if you don't have parents that want you, and when you are overweight and feel like an outcast.
NAME ME NOBODY by Lois-Ann Yamanaka was yet another wonderful book immersed with the Hawaiian Japanese culture, complete with pidgin and culture that is part of the Hawaiian Japanese world. This reader felt very much at home with this book, being Japanese American, but a Haole should be able to enjoy the story as well, as it is a universal theme that Yamanaka explores, that of fitting in. This reviewer gives NAME ME NOBODY four stars.
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