Saturday, September 25, 2010

You - Charles Benoit

You by Charles Benoit
15 yr old Kyle Chase is a sophomore, is one the wrong track. He tries to figure out how he got there. What decision or non act lead him to a be an under achiever at a low rated High School. Kyle traces the steps of his choices.

When I picked up You, my plan was to read a few pages and get back to it later. I could not put it down. Kyle Chase is as real as they come. Benoit uses the second person narrative to tell the story, adding another level of intensity.

"Mr. Nagle asked you to stick around a moment after the bell. "I'll admit, you have been working harder in class, and when you've done the lab work it's always been very good, and I haven't had to speak to you about not paying attention in quite a while. But. "

There's always a but. Its a magical word. You can say anything you want, go on for as long as you want, and then all you have to do is add the magic word and instantly everything you said is erased, turned meaningless, just like that.

You're a really nice guy. Your mother thinks you need a new computer. You've been working harder in class. But.

Benoit opens with a scene from the end. - You're surprised at all the blood. He looks over at you, eyes wide, mouth dropping open, his face almost as white as his shirt. He's surprised"

The ending comes full circle with the beginning. We learn what's going on with all the blood. The author pulls this off very well. You is a very well written and intense read. I loved it.

I've already added it to my great suggestion for teen boys repertoire. To be sure teen girls will love it too. But its nice to have another realistic YA novel featuring a male protagonist. Ages 12 up

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