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Blank Confession

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,404 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
Shayne Blank is the new kid in town—but that doesn’t stop him from getting into a lot of trouble, very quickly. The other kids don’t understand him. He’s not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. His background doesn’t add up. And when he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. There’s more to Shay ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 16th 2010)
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Apr 07, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman is a solid story told by a skilled storyteller. That might sound like a weak or oversimplified compliment, but let me explain my deep admiration for storytellers.

Have you ever been in the presence of a gifted orator or storyteller? Someone with a pitch perfect tone, attitude, build up, posture, and language coupled with the right amount of sighs, smiles, eye contact, and hand gestures to pull you right into the story. To really make you a part of the tale or worl
Dec 12, 2011 Misha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls, anyone who loves a good mystery
Shelves: favorites
Finished in 5 hours. Bypassed homework for this book. It was that amazing.

I fell in love with the main character Shayne Blank on practically the 3rd page of his appearance. That's sorta his character's purpose I think. To make readers captivated by him so his actions later on are all the more justified and even later actions mysteriously intriguing.
His sarcasm, nonchalant, ninja ways are oh so very alluring. Especially since I'm a teenage girl haha. Everything about him makes him seem so attract
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Why I Read this Book: I didn’t know about Blank Confession until I saw it at the library one day. I was pursuing the new stock in the Teen section when I stumbled across this book. The first thing that caught my attention was the title. Well, that and the length of this book – it’s short. So I picked it up off the shelf and read the blurb. I thought to myself that’s an interesting premise. Then I noticed who the author is – it’s the same guy who wrote How to Steal A Car. I thought that book was ...more
Mike Mullin
Jan 15, 2012 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no intention of reading this today. But I picked it up at the library, and started it while I was waiting for my wife to get her books. When we got home, I laid down in bed, thinking I'd read a bit and then take a well-earned nap. That plan was scotched by distilled adrenaline rush that is Blank Confession

The protagonist, Shayne, is the answer to this question: What if Jack Reacher were a high school kid? Yes, he's that awesome.

I need to create a bookshelf of Best YA Thrillers--Blank Confe
Duffy Pratt
I felt sort of like an idiot when it hit me that this book actually is the high-school retelling of Shane, the western by George Stevens. I mean Shayne Blank is the name of the mysterious stranger who rides into school on his BMW motorcycle. He's not particularly special in any way, but has a distinct air of danger about him. He gets mixed up with some really bad characters while trying to help some kid who is out of his depth, and he becomes tangentially involved with everyone in the kid's fami ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** spoiler alert ** This book was so awesome.I thought it was going to be an ok book but I loved it.Especally the ending which was very surprising.It's a story about how a new boy in town confesses to a murdre and it is told from the point of view of his friend mikey and the interview room Shayne(the new kid)he is telling it from.The book leaves you in suspense about whow Shayne killed.I loved this book because of the awesome unexpected ending,humor,and the point of views they were telling it fr ...more
Kiley Stevenson
May 15, 2016 Kiley Stevenson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed this book. This is the second book I have read that was written by Pete Hautman and I really enjoy his work.

Plot Summary:
The book starts out by introducing you to the main character Mikey. He is a short, scrawny kid with an abusive dad. That say there was a new kid at the school. He dressed in all black and rode a motorcycle, his name was Shayne Blank. He asked Mikey where the school parking lot was and after he showed him they went to first hour together. Aft
Andrew Hicks
Nov 06, 2014 Andrew Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
One of the foremost reasons I've adopted young-adult fiction as my literary poison of choice is, it reads so fast you don't get bogged down in unnecessary detours, metaphors, poetic license or fringe characters. YA is about plot, character and dialogue. It's perfect for a grown adult like me who's got a full-time job, small children and a latent case of arrested development. Even so, I'll occasionally get tied up with something that feels like a YA epic - The Miseducation of Cameron Post , The ...more
Dec 07, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This book begins with Shayne Blank entering a police department to confess a murder. The question for readers is how this kid who is new to school got into the situation. Mikey is a kid whose mouth always gets him into trouble. Though he thinks he wants to blend in and be invisible at times, he dresses in secondhand suits that make him stick out from the regular high school crowd. When Shayne seems interested in being his friend, Mikey has just ticked off his sister’s boyfriend, drug dealer Jon ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This whodunnit kept me up late and I really liked Shayne Blank, the confessor who says he killed someone. I found his friend Mikey, who narrates part of the book, kind of annoying at times, but was glad to hear he came into his own a little bit at the end, and was maybe less of a 'dink.'
I think YA readers will really enjoy this, if for nothing else than the action bits. Lots of fights, lots of the undertow of what really concerns kids in high school, and so lots of drama.
Most characters are fa
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Although Shayne and Mikey have only been friends for a week, they are both involved in a murder investigation. One of them has confessed, but is he really the guilty one?

Shayne describes Mikey as a "dink." Combine Mikey's tiny stature and the odd thrift store suits he wears to school every day, and you have a bully magnet. Their friendship begins on Shayne's first day in the high school when he comes to Mikey's rescue. The two could
Harleigh Ditzenberger
When I first started reading this book I found it somewhat boring and expected it to be about a boy committing murder because right at the beginning of the story they are already in the interview room and then that kind of confused me. Then I thought it’d just be chapter after chapter something new but Hautman set it up with it just about Mikey and then another chapter about the interview room and then another chapter of Rawls which really kept me excited and really into the book.

This story has
Mar 05, 2012 Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shayne Blank is a mysterious character througout the story. Basically the book is narrarated through Shayne, Rawls, and Mikey. So the story starts off by Mikey being bullied by his brother-in-law, Jon Brande. Jon Brande bullied him more when Mikey lost his "dough" bag and thats whenShayne comes in. Shayne Blank is a very mysterious kid that comes through an unknown background. The main character Mikey Martin is a tiny kid with glasses that is Haitian, but looks like a mexican. So in the story Mi ...more
Rebecca Zhang
I read Blank Confession because I needed a book that looked like a quick read to finish off wide reading.
Blank Confession fills in the category for a book with a male main character. I don’t read books because of the main character’s gender, but for certain books, a certain gender works better as a main character.
A character I liked was Shayne, because he was mysterious, and he remains that way, even after you find out his identity. He’s different and has a unique personality, and he acts like
Jun 28, 2011 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blank Confessions is told in a series of flashbacks. The story opens with Shayne Blank confessing to killing Jon Blande, a bully in high school. Shayne is a mysterious character that shows up on the first day of high school. He meets and helps high school junior Mikey Martin. Jon Blande is dating Mikey's sister. Mikey's troubles start when he throws away a bag of drugs forced on him for safekeeping by his sister's drug-dealing boyfriend. Consequently, Mikey is threatened with bodily injury unles ...more
Ayllip Khieu
Apr 14, 2016 Ayllip Khieu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blank Confession is about a boy named Shayne Blank. He meets Mikey and through unlucky circumstances, Mikey has to pay his sisters boyfriend money for a bag of drugs he through away. Shayne starts to stand up for Mikey. There’s a lot of fighting in the book and it all leads to one super surprising ending that will shock you.
I really liked the book. I couldn’t put it down. I really liked it because you really connected to the characters quite quickly. There’s a lot of action, fighting, and gettin
Mar 04, 2016 Hbhbouwrev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story comes in with a very dark detail that brings the reader in ,and keeps the reader interested though out the whole time reading. The beginning comes in with the main character Shayne confessing to a murder. The confession is slowly told through out the whole story. The the story his new friend Micky is having problems with the drug dealer at his school. It also hints throughout the story the question of did Shayne really kill anyone? The other question it leaves you with to find out on ...more
6Davis A

I really enjoyed the book, Blank Confession, because I found the mystery presented in this story very intriguing. Shown throughout the story is one of the main characters, Shayne Blanke, stupendous fighting ability. During a fight between him and another (very large) student, Shayne “ducked under the punch” and then he continued to “thrust his elbow” up into the other student’s triceps. His amazing ability to fight people much stronger and much bigger than him makes the reader very curious as t
Laura Mueller
Apr 21, 2015 Laura Mueller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura Mueller
April 18, 2015
EDL53500 Library Materials for Children and Youth

Title: Blank Confession

Author: Pete Hautman

Plot: Shayne is new to school and he meets and befriends Mikey, a short, Mexican looking kid who hides behind thrift store suits. On the same day they meet, Mikey's sister Marie's boyfriend, Jon, gives him a stash of drugs to hold and he has to dump them because of a surprise drug raid. When Jon finds the drugs were thrown away he insists Mikey pay him $500. The problem is Mikey
Oct 05, 2014 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a short, taut, YA novel, which is equal parts LAW AND ORDER and THE USUAL SUSPECTS, with a hint of SHANE thrown in for good measure. It deals with an astonishing number of themes: domestic abuse, racial identity, substance abuse, high school, and struggles with fitting in, just to name a few, but all the themes are just part of a compelling story, with interesting characters and some nice upsetting of typical YA expectations.

On the surface, it's the story of a high school student who ha
Billy Standage
Jan 29, 2014 Billy Standage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blank Confession

The setting of the book takes place in a high school where Shayne Blank meets a Haitian kid named Mikey Martin. The high schools mood is nervous and kind of hostile and the setting helps create the hostile mood Because Jon Brande makes mikey hold on to some drug. The police station gives off the nervous mood because There is a lot tension cause he won’t answer Detective Rawls.

The book is about a boy who goes to a police station to confess a murder to detective rawls. The charact
6Dykstra A
Nov 13, 2015 6Dykstra A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “blank Confession” by Pete Hautman is a very mysterious and attention grabbing book. Pete shows this mystery through the characters he has created. The main character Shayne Blank seems to be an outcast at his new school. He drives an “old torn up motorcycle” (11) and wears a “dirty white t-shirt” (11). Kids around school think he is a “weirdo” (13) and don’t understand him. This shows that kids around school really don’t know much about him. The first kid Shayne meets at his new school ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Jayden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mar-15
Mikey owes his sisters boyfriend 500$, who is also the school drug dealer. He becomes friends with the new kid in school and makes him part of it. The new kid Shayne, tries to help but only makes it a bigger problem for him and Mikey by standing up against the bully. Eventually Shayne murders someone and confesses it to the police and tells his story.

I picked this book up because the book didn't seem that long and because I wanted to see why would a teenager murder someone. I normally don't read
This story starts off with Shayne going to the Police Station. He talks to a man named Detective Rawls. He tells him that he killed a man. This little blurb on the back of the book really intrigued me. You get further into the book and meet a few characters. Mike Martin who is an outcast. Shayne befriends him. Since he is an outcast. This story is very hard to explain. Jon Brande is another character. He gave Mike a bag of drugs. Which after that. The police dogs came into the school. Which Mike ...more
Sean Albright
Have you ever been in school when a new kid has arrived? They're so intriguing. They bring with them a sense of mystery and we often become fascinated by them because let's face it, we get tired of seeing the same old faces time and time again. Well, now imagine a day after this new kid arrives he befriends the school nerd, days following that he taunts one of the school bullies, and approaches the toughest kid in school. Pretty interesting, huh? Well what if that same new kid who hangs out with ...more
Another great Pete Hautman book.
Jan 04, 2015 Dwmalu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good. In my “book” (haha get it? Excuse the bad jokes), it is probably up there with Complicit, except it has better characters, but the plot is not as impressive (setting is probably a big weakness in both).

First off, this book has some really interesting characters, and they do not get all muddled in my head – but it could with the fact that this is very easily read-in-one-sitting type of book. The writing, although not the most “descriptive” was perfect and suited the novel e
Autumn Crawford
When I started reading this book I was quite interested, but I changed my mind right away. The POV changed all the time, and I felt like the book was written about kids in high-school, so the author felt like he had to put in certain stereotypical aspects of the school life. The plot was really boring, in my opinion. I'm boy going to recommend or say not to read it. I disliked the book, because it didn't, personally, fit my reading description. It may suit anyone else, It really depends on the r ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blank Confession (2010) by Pete Hautman

Shayne Blank doesn't expect to make friends or even really get to know anyone when he comes to town. Then he walks into the police station to confess to a murder. Shayne's confession is woven with a narrative from the perspectives of Shayne's newest (most well-dressed) friend Mikey and the world weary detective interviewing Shayne.

The story here has good writing as well as an intriguing premise. Unfortunately that does not make for a good book in this case.
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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at
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