You by Charles Benoit

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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


About Charles Benoit

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Charles Benoit is a former high school teacher and the Edgar Award-nominated author of three adult mystery novels and the teen novel Fall From Grace. He lives in Rochester, New York. Kevin Emerson is the author of The Lost Code: Book One of the Atlanteans, The Fellowship for Alien Detection, the Oliver Nocturne series, and Carlos Is Gonna Get It. He is also a musician and has most recently released two albums with his band, the Board of Education. A former science teacher, Kevin lives in Seattle and teaches writing to teens through Writers in the Schools, Richard Hugo House, and 826 Seattle. Susan Dennard is a writer turned marine biologist turned writer again. A Darkness Strange and Lovely is the sequel to her debut novel, Something Strange and Deadly. Among the traits she shares with her heroine Eleanor are a weakness for Shakespeare quotes, a healthy appetite for baked goods, and an insatiable curiosity. Sadly, Susan does not get to wear a corset or wave a parasol on a daily basis. Megan McCafferty is the author of Bumped as well as the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series, which includes Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family. Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets. Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she drafts novels on restaurant napkins while eating chimichangas. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts. She is also the author of A Need So Beautiful.
Published August 24, 2010 by HarperCollins. 244 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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1st, 2010 Page count: 240pp ...

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Starting out with Gen-X Standouts and going on to: Baby Boomer Icons, Senior Memories, Sports Heroes, Television & Film Personalities, Original Women, Greats of Literature, Philosophy & the arts, Heroes of Rock & Blues, Famous Personalities & Infamous Newsmakers, Notable Figures from History.

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A washed-up former honors student Kyle meets strange new kid Zack, who at first seems to be a savior but later looks like he is trying to destroy him.

Oct 04 2010 | Read Full Review of You

The American Book Center Blog

The whole story plays in 1903 and contains some historical facts, well woven into this fantasy story.

Sep 16 2010 | Read Full Review of You

The American Book Center Blog

Kyle and Zack become best friends, and they seem to form a front to oppose the popular crowd at school pulling pranks, like breaking into the school at night.

Sep 16 2010 | Read Full Review of You

WAPL Teens

You is told in the second person so you are Kyle, and you know what he is thinking even if you don't know what happens next.

Nov 06 2010 | Read Full Review of You

New York Public Library

Kyle goes to school, hangs out with his friends, and tries not to make waves.

Sep 23 2010 | Read Full Review of You

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