This wasn't the way it was supposed to go. You're just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can't be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place? There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time's running out. How did this happen? You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn't make that lead to his own destruction.In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful and unsettling portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering. Advance praise for You "You is authentic, ambitious, and gripping. A serious book that reads like a suspense novel, the story it tells of the ways in which we become imprisoned by our own choices, big and small is both frightening and frighteningly real." Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall "Charles Benoit has written a shattering, gut-wrenching novel that puts You right in the center of the story. Pick it up and you won't put it down!" Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone "I sat down to start this book and didn't get up until I'd finished it, a riveting three hours later. You is pitch-perfect: funny, real, touching, brimming with tension and foreboding and still surprising right up to the last page. one of the best ya novels I've read in years." Patricia McCormick, National Book Award finalist, author of Sold and Purple Heart "A sandstorm of a novel, as harshly real as hell or high school. I loved it." Robert Lipsyte, Margaret A. Edwards Award winning author of The Contender and Center Field "Wanna know who the real bad guys in your school are? Read You. This book will keep you reading, and then it will start you thinking. And talking. You is good stuff." Chris Crutcher, Margaret A. Edwards Award winning author of Deadline "
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 146 x 214 x 24mm | 322.05g
- 01 Sep 2010
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- HarperCollins Childrens Book Group
- New York, United States
Benoit is a rare discovery. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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Kyle is a hoodie. One of those kids that sits in the back of the class, tries not to be noticed, doesn't do his homework (only because he doesn't see the point), and dresses in the same "uniform" every day - black jeans, black shirt, black hoodie. You can find hoodies in every school, even though they might be called something else - slackers, freaks, stoners. Whenever you see them walking down the hall or through the mall, you don't know exactly what to expect - you just know it won't be good. YOU by Charles Benoit provides a glimpse into the mind of Kyle. By writing in a second-person point-of-view, the reader actually walks around inside Kyle's head. You are the character going through the story. * You are the one listening to the teachers explain how important it is you turn in all your work the rest of the grading period even though you still won't be able to pass the class. * You are the one attending Midlands High School because your grades weren't good enough to go to the private school with the people you already know. * You are the one with a secret crush on a girl you're afraid you have no chance with. * You are the one who thinks that your cute, kindergarten-age sister is the best person you know. * You are the one with a tragic end. Kyle is a good guy. Is he misunderstood? No - he projects exactly what he wants to project. The people in his life don't give him a reason to do anything differently. EVERY educator needs to read this book! *Gold Star Award Winner!show moreby TeensReadToo