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Inexcusable

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,487 ratings  ·  638 reviews
In a story that moves between the past and the scene of the rape, Keir attempts to defend his character from the monstrous crime of which he has been accused.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2006 by Bloomsbury (first published October 25th 2005)
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Tatiana
Nov 17, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of books with unreliable narrators
I've seen this book recommended as a companion novel to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and really, the main character of Inexcusable, Keir, could have easily been IT.

The novel starts with Keir's friend, Gigi, screaming at him, accusing him of rape.

I am so sorry.
"What are you sorry for, Keir?" Gigi screams again, grabbing me by where my lapels would be if I had a jacket on, or a shirt, or anything. She can't get a purchase because I have no clothes, and very little fat, because I have been good a
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Lacey Louwagie
Sep 27, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only people smart enough to see through the protagonist
Shelves: youngadult
I've been wanting to read this book since before it was published. It's about a high school boy whose girlfriend accuses him of raping her. He doesn't think he's capable of rape and he doesn't think that what happened really was rape.

I was hoping that this book would explore the gray areas and the differences in perspective when it comes to a girl's experience of rape vs. a boy's perception of it. I was hoping it would enlighten readers -- male readers especially -- that just because it doesn't
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Steelwhisper


****lots of spoilers in this review!***



This book is what happens between well-meant and extremely badly executed.



I guess the original intent of this dreck was to write a book about rape from the (unreliably narrating) mind of the rapist. Unfortunately what it comes across as and ends up being is a rape apology.



I want to shower just now, and I don't think even major scrubbing under scalding water would be sufficient to rid me of the bad aftertaste of this.



This was touted as being a companion book
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Emily May

I'm finding it difficult to compile my thoughts on this one. On one hand, I found it to be a very interesting exploration of an unreliable and unconventional narrator, but on the other, I just felt like I needed something more in order for me to give a higher rating. Perhaps it was the shortness of the novel, I felt like there was so much that could have been developed and explored deeper, like the relationship between the protagonist and his father and sisters. But even just his own mind... we
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Adriana
After reading a lot of good reviews (from the likes of Hornbook, VOYA, Kirkus, and School Library Journal) I thought that this book was going to be amazing, but honestly I felt a little let down. It's true that hearing the "bad guys" point of view is refreshing, and the book is well-written, but half the time I just wanted Keir to realize already that he was making up excuses for himself and acting like a total jerk. Maybe that was the point, but I just didn't feel engaged. I think teen readers ...more
Patrick
One of the most controversial and debated novels of 2005, this National Book Award finalist shows the awful results of passion that burns out of control. The narrator, Keir Sarafian, is a self-proclaimed "good guy" who describes his good life, loving family, and athletic success. But the reader slowly comes to realize that what Keir says and what the truth is are not always the same. The good guy persona melts away as Kier describes events that happen around him or to him, but they're never real ...more
Luke
This was not exactly a good book...I tried to read it for quite awhile (thirty pages or so...way more than I should have given it) The main character, Keir, is having a fight with his girlfriend because he supposedly did something wrong and he doesn't remember. The book rambles on for about two hundred pages (or so I have been led to believe from the first thirty) and then gives a horrible ending. (I was too curious) I would never recommend this!
Sarah
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Shelby
This book was incredible. The story was a very scary one, but I loved the book. It had a very unique way of telling the story. It was sort of flashback theme that eventually led up to present time. This made it hard to understand at first but once you got it everything just seemed to click. Books that do this are my favorite. I thought it was given in a very risky perspective but that’s what made the book what it was. It wouldn’t have been the same if we would have known that Keir had been lying ...more
Jahaira Romero
the book is about this guy named keir sarafian and he is a senior at high school. he is in love with a girl named Gigi but Gigi has a boyfriend. but keir and gigi are really good friends. so at the day of the graduation i believe keir goes to see his sister to college but gigi goes with him and since there was nobody and it was late they spent the night there. but supposevely keir raped gigi. it doesnt really has a lot of details in what really happened,so keir does not remember doing such a thi ...more
Andrew Hicks
I was introduced to author Chris Lynch when I spotted his 2014 book Little Blue Lies on the library shelf. I'm a dork - it was January 2014, and the sticker on the spine said "New - Jan 2014." I turned to the copyright page, and it said "Copyright 2014." So I was like, Cool, it's barely 2014, and this can be my first 2014 book. So there was that, but Little Blue Lies was a paper-thin waste of (mercifully, not very much) time.

Anyway, I was introduced to Lynch's Inexcusable on the back cover of Ly
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Kathy
Many years ago, I read an op-ed piece in the Times where a man said he was a rapist, but it took him a long time to realize it. He described what he remembered as a pick-up at a bar, his description making it clear that his partner had been unwilling, but as a young man, he had seen her as just needing convincing.

Sadly, I think a lot of men still buy into the old "she says no, but she means yes" way of thinking. Inexcusable looks at a young boy, Keir, who examines his own behavior in a number of
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Brady Sullivan
I wish there was a way i could give this book a negetive two and a half star review!! But I suppose I will have to settle for none at all. It was possibly the worst thing I have ever had the displeasure to read since I was forced to read The Scarlet Letter (which I only actually half read, and even that was more enjoyable because it was alt east a piece of high literature). I would like to sum up the book in one word: UNRELATED!! Literally 95% of the book has absolutely no importance to the cent ...more
Arminzerella
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Daisy
Unreliable narrators are an interesting breed in fiction. The classic example of such a narrator is Holden Caulfield in "Catcher in the Rye." Chris Lynch's Keir in "Inexcusable" comes from the same mold. You're not quite sure what to make of him at first, but steadily, bit by bit, you learn he might not be all he seems. But then again, he is who he purports to be because it's in the telling of his stories -- how he crippled a member of an opposing football team during a game, how he hazed other ...more
Erica
This was a book that sounded so good, and it just didn't live up to my expectations. From page 1, readers learn about Keir and all the things he's done where he procedes to tell readers he's a good boy, monsters wouldn't do those things. I think the premise of the book could make a really great book, I just think Inexcusable could've been strengthened in some areas

I felt like with the topic of the book, it should have been really emotional and touching, but I didn't really have any emotions or f
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Janice
Oct 15, 2009 Janice added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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David
This book is about a teenage boy named Keir Sarafian and the many inexcusable actions that he makes. In the story, he is in love with a girl named Gigi Boudakian that already has a boyfriend. In the beginning, Gigi screams at Keir and calls him a rapist. After that, it goes back in time and explains how good of a kid Keir is and the events that lead to the main problem. The book contains examples of alcoholism, rape, drugs, peer pressure, hazing, and family disputes.

I really liked this book, be
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Jana Merrill
So many people in my Young Adult Literature class were raving about this book, so that made me have extremely high expectations, and I felt like those expectations were not fulfilled. I realize that the book was written very well and Chris Lynch ventured into a touchy place when he decided to write a book from a rapist's point of view. But for some reason, throughout the whole book I kept on waiting for a huge reveal or a huge turn of events (which I guess Keir had a reveal of himself that at en ...more
Becky Ginther
I personally did not care for this book. It sounded a lot more promising on the back cover than what I actually got. Maybe it's because I'm so different than the main character, but I had a really hard time buying into him. The book starts out with him being accused of rape by a friend, and him denying it because he's a "good guy." As it progresses, you see more and more that he's in denial about many things in life. He can't fathom the idea that he possibly ever did anything bad. He's definitel ...more
Josh(Dragon) Lunden
I thought Inexcusable was a good read. The book was filled with excitement and there were many relatable topics for teens today. The problems in this book were maybe not problems we see around here but they do exist. I think by reading this book you become aware of how harmful drugs and alcohol are. Alcohol and drugs do not just affect you but they effect the ones around you as well. We saw that in the book with his father being an alcoholic and Kier following in his footsteps. This leads into a ...more
Dylan Schwartz
Inexcusable is a good book, especially for younger readers. It introduces topics that are more likely than not to show up in their life. To be more specific most of them will probably arise when they are in high school. Some may see these problems as not being very common and exposed to one, but reading this book will change your thoughts on that. You will find out how bad things can just creep up and you and one will not even know until it is too late. This book can be a very good learning less ...more
Samantha
The story being told from the antagonist's point of view was probably the only good part of this book. The style felt broken and repetitive and more annoying than interesting. While the main character isn't someone you necessarily want to root for, there is not one quality trait. The book is like reading the diary of a whiny teenage boy that has always gotten whatever he wanted, and that doesn't really add to the story.

Then once you get deeper into the story and realize that he was encouraged to
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Courtney
This is an issue book, aimed at getting teenage boys to think about the consequences of their actions and to realize how easy it is to go too far. Our main character, Keir, is a high school football player heading to college on a scholarship and living it up his senior year of college. He also, it appears, has "accidentally" raped the girl he believes he is in love with.

Half of "Inexcusable" recounts Keir's last year in school, as he struggles with what it means to be a good guy. The other, excr
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Theresa
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Thomas
Inexcusable is about a senior in high school named Keir Sarafian who struggles to accept something he has done to his best friend/crush Gigi Boudakian. It switches from the events that occurred in the previous 24 hours to the aftermath of his impulsive actions.

Inexcusable has a very unique aura that surrounds it. Several components of the book left me disappointed, but the overall appeal of the book remains intact. For example, none of the characters showed drastic development, which disappointe
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Tim
Well...I have to say. I did not enjoy this book at all! Which is surprising to me because it does many thing that should be right up my alley.

The book essentially follows the ordeal of a young kid named Keir and him coming to terms with who he is. It is set in high school and revolves around his past high school experiences, but interspersed is a scene in his not too distant future. This scene revolves around an "event" between him and his friend Gigi.

It SHOULD be an emotional ride and it SHOULD
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Christian
Nov 19, 2007 Christian rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christian by: Ben
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Kelly
I didn't enjoy this book. The writing felt like the response to a creative writing prompt -- "Write a piece about a socially taboo or controversial topic in which the narrative mode is that of an unreliable narrator." It felt, to me, like an exercise, rather than the brilliant piece I (erroneously) felt I was promised via its reviews and being a National Book Award Finalist.

I have been trying to pinpoint what exactly rubbed me the wrong way with the book, and I think it's several things. First,
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Desirae
Uhh... what just happened? I don't understand. I mean I get that he raped Gigi, participated in the beheading of a statue and the humiliation of soccer players, but I don't understand his family life and his relationship with them. I also am unconvinced why this is considered a good book. Sure the unreliable narrator and the relaxed writing style are interesting but I'm having a hard time with what kind of message this is sending. I felt like I was siding with Keir the whole time, that he wasn't ...more
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