Please Somebody Tell Me Who I Am

Please Somebody Tell Me Who I Am

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A soldier returns home from Iraq forever changed in this poignant and pivotal novel from award-winning authors-one a veteran. Ben lives a charmed life--effortlessly landing the lead in the high school musical, dating the prettiest girl in school. When he decides to enlist in the army, no one thinks he'll be in real danger. But his decision has devastating consequences: His convoy gets caught in an explosion, and Ben ends up in a coma for two months. When he wakes up, he doesn't know where he is--or remember anything about his old life. His family and friends mourn what they see as a loss, but Ben perseveres. And as he triumphs, readers will relate to this timely novel that pairs the action and adventure of the best war stories with the emotional elements of struggle and transformation.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 148 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 17mm | 259g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • 1416938958
  • 9781416938958
  • 2,631,435

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"This is one of the best books I have read recently...the story of struggle, recovery, and relationships; of love, perseverance, and overcoming astronomical odds."--Library Media Connection
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About Harry Mazer

Harry Mazer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Boy at War trilogy, The Wild Kid, The Island Keeper, and Snow Bound. His books have won numerous honors, including a Horn Book honor and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults citation. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

Peter Lerangis is the author of many books for young readers, including wtf, Smiler's Bones, the Watchers series, and The Sword Thief and The Viper's Nest, both in The 39 Clues series. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.
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Rating details

1,032 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 16% (169)
4 26% (268)
3 37% (383)
2 15% (158)
1 5% (54)

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Last month I was lucky enough to snag this one from the library before too many people put it on hold since it was in the "New" pile and I had heard some pretty decent things about it. Luckily it turned out to be worth the read! While the book is extremely short (by my standards at least) I thought that the author(s) did a bang up job setting the story up carefully and in a way that is accessible to read for the older and younger teens who may read this book. The book itself was written really well. Since I really don't want to write any spoilers in the post for anyone who may pick it up in the future let me just say that the book was a commendable effort on the part of the authors. While there was a lot of sadness in the book there was also the resounding feeling of hope that lasted all the way through. I really enjoyed how the whole book was written which is rare for me since I generally don't read contemporary YA novels. Since Ben was sent of to fight in the war it is a subject that touches home for many people not just the American people because The British and The Canadians are also dying in the sand with soldiers from other nations too. However the book makes a point that sometimes even if the men and women are lucky enough to come home sometimes they come back different. This is a story of love, loss, forgiveness, redemption and the power of family no matter if that family is through blood or forged in bands of strong lifelong friendships. It was a dramatic and beautifully written novel that I highly recommend to those who enjoy contemporary YA more
by Kimberly Roy
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