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3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,469 Ratings  ·  1,057 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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Oct 29, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  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

****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
Lacey Louwagie
Sep 19, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it liked it  ·  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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
We read this as part of my Human Sexuality course in college. Everyone else seemed to get really into it, but I couldn't stand this. It came off as a huge rape apology and I won't stand for that.
Emily May
Oct 26, 2011 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011

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
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
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
I really disliked this book. There's no other way to put it. Protagonist Keir is a whiny, self-indulgent twit who spends 165 pages telling the reader what a good guy he is, while chronicling some pretty appalling behavior. He is either delusional or a sociopath. This is a character who never has any growth or any true self awareness. Nor does he seem to suffer any consequences for his actions. (What does it say when you are actively pulling for the protagonist's downfall?) There was nothing rede ...more
May 01, 2008 Luke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnotfinish
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!
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
2 1/2 stars. Look, I liked the theme behind this book. Lynch delivered an important message that should be heard by many people, especially college-aged young men. But when the only strong thing was the idea the author was trying to convey, and the actual story - the plot and characters - were weak and uninteresting, how could I give it a higher rating?

You might already have an idea of what this book is about and if you've read the summary on Goodreads, it's easily guessable. Still, I'm going to
Jun 12, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 26, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novelist-reviews
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
Oct 27, 2010 Shelby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew Hicks
Mar 19, 2014 Andrew Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
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
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Who are we? Are we how we see ourselves? How others see us? What if we think we're good people, and it turns out we've been lying to ourselves?

Kier couldn't have raped Gigi. He's a good guy and good guys aren't rapists.

INEXCUSABLE is a marvelous concept for a novel, with a terrible execution.
Chris Lynch could have written a much more memorable, important book. He started off with an unreliable narrator, not because Kier is a liar, which he is, but because Kier lacks almost all insight into his b
Jan 14, 2015 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
True rating: 3.5

This book is definitely more of a novella? short story? instead of a book. The entire thing is 164 pages and a lot of it is shorter pages. I probably would have finished the whole thing in one sitting if I hadn't been at work when I started (that pesky job just gets in the way of my reading time!).

From the first page, you are thrown into a present day situation where Kier and Gigi are alone in some type of room, and Gigi is accusing Kier of raping her. Kier is pleading with her t
Jan 14, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inexcusable is a the store of Keir recounting the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Did he or did he not rape Gigi?!

This book had me confused on so many levels. I didn't know how to feel. One moment I as so convinced that he didn't do it, then the next I was determined to uncover that he did do it. This isn't a fasted paced loved story, it's more of a who'd-done it. If that makes sense. This review wont be long and it wont be detailed because I feel like
This is a hard book to review.

I liked what it was about: the unreliable narrator, who doesn't--at first--comprehend what he's done because he doesn't think he is a man capable of sexually assaulting someone. But I needed more. It was smart and heartbreaking, but it was missing something to truly move me or make me feel something extraordinary. I didn't have that feeling, ya know? That feeling you get when you finish a great book--great for sad reasons or great for happy reasons. This book lacke
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
Oct 02, 2010 Theresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Suzette Kunz
Sep 14, 2015 Suzette Kunz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is a novel told in flashback as a young man justifying himself to a girl he has just raped. The gist of it is, I couldn't have done this, because I'm a good guy. It's a disturbing book, but also helpful for the insights into the psyche of someone who commits a violent crime. I'm glad I read it, but also glad it was short, because it wasn't an easy read.
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,
Oct 05, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be fair, I wasn't expecting to like this book. At all. I know that Lynch (love the name, btw) was trying to shed light on another POV that isn't addressed much in YA or the book world in general: the rapist who refuses to accept he is one. I threw my caution to the wind and just decided to read it and hope for the best.

I think my main issue doesn't even lie with the fact that the author makes this book out to a story excusing rape, because he really doesn't. Just because an author writes an e
Leena-Maaretta Dixon
Unlike any other Young Adult book Ive read. "Inexcusable" uses the trope of the unreliable narrator to raise questions of self-image, consent, violence and masculinity. Deconstructs the black-and-white take on good guys vs. abusers while also being highly addictive reading. A brave book, with an also twisty narration to make for a great reading experience. ...more
Nov 19, 2007 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christian by: Ben
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Oct 15, 2009 Janice added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Nov 18, 2009 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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