YouBook - 2010
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
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You are a loser… You have dropped out…you have made poor choices…you don’t care. You don’t like the way your parents treat you, you don’t respect your teachers, you don’t even really like your friends. You know that if you had made other choices you would be in a different school doing different things, right now. But you’re not. And there is nothing you can do about it now.
You have everyone figured out. You have life figured out and even though you know how you don’t care enough to change it. You are stuck.
You get detention after detention, you don’t study, you are in love with someone you can never have.
You wonder when your mom started acting strange around you, or when your dad started hating you. The only person on your side is your little sister but when she tells your mom that she wants to grow up to be like you, your mom practically blows a gasket. Things aren’t going well for you.
Until Zach…a new student at school who changes everything. Zach knows everyone’s weak spot, including yours and isn’t afraid to use it for his own benefit. You are Kyle Chase and you won’t live to see the end of 10th grade.
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