Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Review: You by Charles Benoit

Title: You
Author: Charles Benoit
Pages: 223
YA Fiction
Author Website

Book Description from Harperteen.com

Book Description
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.

My Thoughts

This book has been written down on so many book lists made by me. I am always writing down titles of books to read. Finally, after writing this title down like 6 times I sat down and read it. I read this book not knowing anything about it. I did not want to know. I like to be surprised by everything about to unfold.

This story is unique in that you know the ending in the beginning despite the fact that I missed this completely when I started. You then go back through everything leading up to that moment to find out why things are the way they are.

You read the book through the voice of Kyle. You hear his thoughts and what he thinks as the events unravel.

I was absorbed by this book. I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is one of those reads that has you thinking about it days later. I don't want to say it haunts you, but it really resonates in your mind about the decisions we make and the consequences.

I find myself reflecting on this or that after reading this novel. I am not in the same situations as Kyle, but we all have those split decisions and thoughts that we think are so small and trivial and forget to realize how these decisions affect the path we embark on in life.

YOU is a great read. YOU is the type of book that I love to read. After reading some middle grade books and a bad manga, this book brought me back into the reading mode. This my type of storyline. Another book that is going to be fighting for the top books I have read this year. 

IF you need a great read, then read this one. It won't leave you after you finish. I would recommend for the YA audience and not necessarily middle grade due to some high school themes.

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