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Kyle Chase has messed up his life, he drinks, smokes, and on the side, breaks into elementary schools. After being accused of stealing a football player's wallet, he finds that the only one who believes him is the football coach. So now he has a giant, hulking football player after him. Then, one day, comes the "new kid". Zach is different from everybody else Kyle knows. Kyle goes to a party at Zach's house where he sees and finds out about a totally different side of Zach as he talks to Zach's friend from private school. Now Zach seems determined to mess with Kyle. Kyle must choose to change his life or stay on the same destructive path, all while finding out what plans his new "friend" Zach has for him.

This was a totally unique book, unlike anything I had read before. It shows the harsh reality of high school many students face. While I myself couldn't get into this book, it was still interesting and well written. Watching Kyle struggle with his life choices made the story come alive. "You" by Charles Benoit will appeal to anyone who has ever felt like an outcast.

Book Blurb for You

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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2010 3.50