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Published September 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Right Behind You starts out strong, interesting and well written. It is the story of Kip, a guy who set fire to another kid when he was only nice years old. The thing is, Kip isn’t a psychotic kid. He has some anger control issues and some family issues… but for the most part, he is a normal kid who through circumstances beyond his control was in a position to set fire to the other kid, and Kip did it without a second thought. Until said kid burnt up and Kip’s life was forever altered.

For all o
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book, it arrived and I tackled it. It's out of my league on what type of book I usually read. It's Young Adult, true, but it's not M/M either and it's no romance novel either.

Basically it's about Kip and I'm not going to repeat what the summary already tells you about this book, but rather what it does not. It'll go into minute detail on what was going through Kip's mind when he was at the young age of 9 and set that boy on fire. A boy his age who
Aug 12, 2007 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teens
This book was fabulous! The story handles a very delicate issue of rehabilitation and a person's ability to carry on their life afer committing a horrible act.

A year after losing his mother to cancer, 9-year-old Kip McFarland's horrible act was that he set a 7-year-old boy on fire because he was jealous of the kid's baseball glove. How does a child recover from such a terrible thing? Well, for Kip, he spends 4 years in a lockdown psychiatric facility and with the love and support of his Dad and
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Kip McFarland is a murderer. In Alaska, Kip set a neighbor boy on fire when he was nine years old. Kip has spent years in a facility for violent juvenile offenders. Kip is 14 years old and is about to be released. It is time for Kip McFarland to disappear.

Starting over again in Indiana with his father and new stepmother, "Wade" enters school for the first time and tries to move away from his violent past. Things seem to be going swimmingly- he gets a best friend, a girlfriend, a newfound intere
Murderer. Murderer. Murderer. Those words resonate through Kip McFarland’s brain every time his name is spoken. I am a murderer. When Kip was only a kid, homeschooled in Alaska, he set fire and burned another child to death, by accident. Accident or no, the death stayed with him for every moment of his life. Kip was just getting rid of the aftereffects and the shock of watching his cousin and writhe and scream, but the memory never left him completely. The officials had already sent orders f ...more
When Kip was a child, he set another little boy on fire because of a baseball glove. After spending years in a lockdown mental ward, Kip has a chance at a new life. Because the hate of the community pushed out his father and stepmother, Kip and his family move from Alaska to Indiana and change their names. Now named Wade, Kip tries to pretend his crime never happened, yet he is consumed by crushing guilt that becomes self-destructive.

Kip's behavior was spot-on with someone feeling the way he doe
(Disclosure: I blurbed this book)

From the get-go, Giles catapults readers into this story of rage and redemption. The book begins with Kip as a child setting his seven-year-old neighbor in Alaska on fire, then follows his time in a facility for violent juvenile offenders, and his release back out into the world. Rather than asking the common question about violent teens (why?), Giles dares to ask a harder one (what now?). As in her previous novels, Giles spins a page-turning tale of psychologica

Right Behind You by Gail Giles is a new take into the mind of a child killer. Although most novels portraying the stories of child murderers, psychopaths, killers, or criminals use a more psychiatric approach, this novel, even though it is fiction, takes its approach by actually using the point of view of the criminal- in this case a child murderer. When I use the term “child murderer”, I am not referring to an adult who murders children; I’m referring to a child, who at a young age murdered an
Erin Reilly-Sanders
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When I picked this book up, I never expected to like the main character, Kip. At the time the book opens, Kip, nine, sets his friend Bobbie, seven, on fire over a baseball glove. Bobby dies.
Kip then becomes a product of the system when he is placed in a facility for violent juvenile offenders. Worse, he becomes a product of what he believes other see him as: a child murderer and a monster. As he matures from child to teenager he uncovers the truth—even though he committed an atrocious act, he is
Shannon (aka Readergirl)
Let me start out by saying that I was prepared to hate this book. I have very strongly held opinions on certain things, and one of them is that it's completely unforgiveable for someone to murder a child, even if the perpetrator was a child himself. I often cling to my beliefs and stubbornly refuse to be swayed, even, I'm ashamed to admit, when someone can logic me out of them. This book shook my beliefs.

I found myself becoming so sympathetic to Kip/Wade, even if I didn't want to. There were ext
Several things are inexplicably popular, at least allegedly, despite the fact that hardly anybody actually likes them. Evidence of this is seen with Fruit-Roll-Ups- nobody eats those anymore- and the Republican Party. Another good example is Social Issue Novels, which if awards like the Gateway are to be believed are the absolute most popular class of novel for teenagers. This is not true. Nobody reads social issue novels. Teenagers hate being told what to do with their lives; did you really thi ...more
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Jessica Suhr
How do you define "crazy" or "criminal"? This book highlights the courage and strength it takes one boy to overcome his past and grow back into a normal societal setting. Kip McFarland lost his mother when he was just 9 years old, and blamed her for leaving him and not trying to get hospital care for her cancer. Kip's Dad became distant and living in Alaska, Kip wasn't really close to many kids his age. The story starts off with a boy lost looking for some kind of happiness. He is taunted by hi ...more

"On the afternoon of his seventh birthday, I set Bobby Clarke on fire. I was nine."

Setting:Alaska, Indiana, and Texas; 2007

Coverly Love?:while I'm not one for overly simplistic covers, there is so much meaning behind this one little photo, so the answer is yes!

Plot:When he was just nine years old, Kip McFarland did something unthinkable: he set his friend Bobby Clarke on fire, causing his death. Because of his young age, he is not sent to a regular prison. Instead, he is sent to a juvenile dete
Feb 27, 2011 Claudia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all YA fans
Recommended to Claudia by: Tori
Giles does such a good job of portraying kids in emotional pain...thinking they deserve bad things to happen to them. I liked this one even better than SHATTERING GLASS, which is really saying something. She lets us into the mind and the heart of a young man who did something unthinkable as a child. But unforgivable? Many in their community think so, and so does Kip. Even given another chance in a new home he finds ways to continue to punish himself. I LOVED the mention of my high school in Merr ...more
Rebecca (BookBacon)
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I waited for Kip/Wade to jump into the deep end, but he never stopped wading through shallow waters.
He killed a kid. You knew this the first time you read the book jacket and thought it sounded intriguing.

Even after the first few chapters I was impressed by the author’s ability to hook you into a story, where kids kill others for sheer pleasure and the “loonies” are no laughing matter.


Somewhere in the middle, when the book covered three
The blurb on the back of RIGHT BEHIND YOU is misleading. This first person account of nine-year-old Kip begins on the day of the tragedy. Isolated and still mourning his mother's death, he's jealous of the boy next door who got a baseball mitt for his birthday. He splashes gas that his father told him to move onto the glove and lights a match, never anticipating that the boy would also catch fire and die. Nearly catatonic, a remorseful Kip can't speak for months. He's sentenced to a juvenile det ...more
Sep 28, 2007 Meaghan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers and true crime buffs
This was definitely Gail Giles's best book, after Shattering Glass. Kip McFarland burned another child to death at the age of nine and spent the next several years inside a mental institution. Now he's been released, but can he ever release himself from the guilt? This topic is definitely relevant in today's world, given all the press about juveniles committing violent crimes, and I thought it was a wonderful journey of guilt, forgiveness and redemption.
I had previously read What Happened To Cass McBride by the same author. From the way everyone talked about it, I was expecting it to be more intense then it was. The summaary of the book grabbed my attention. "When I was 9 I set my 7 year old neighbor on fire" Kip is trying to start fresh in a new town, hoping his past will not catch up to him. It was very hard to put down. Great reading for a rainy Saturday.
This was pretty good. I didn't realise when I ordered it it was a YA book but it is still a good story.

In terms of reading it for the state challenge it does give you a bit of a feel for the place. It sounds cold lol

A young boy sets another child on fire, the result of anger - his anger was justifiable given what he was going through at the time, but his actions were not. The child dies and Kip is sent to a Juvenile Secure Ward.

Upon his release it is necessary to move, change names and attempt
Brandon McCarthy
The book I read for second quarter was Right Behind You by Gail Giles. It is a traditional novel, with different parts and chapters. And let me begin by saying that it was very hard for me to read this book. The main character, Kip McFarland, lives everyday with a horror movie being replayed in his mind. Again, and again, and again. When he was nine years old in a fit of rage, he lit another kid on fire, and the boy ended up dying. The story makes it clear that Kip isn't a bad person though. He ...more
Monica Michaels
i loved this book!it was so real and was nice to have a book where you had to think. i loved the characters and the way they handeled things. i wish i could forget this book so i could be amazed again and again!!
Wow. This book is genuinely written!! Really. I love the writing style and I was done in three hours.
The story is heavy, totally realistic and shows how cruel society is. No forgiveness, only pain.
Nikki Hill
i thought this was a really good had its twists in glad he finally found a life outside of what he did and is now able to deal with it and found someone he could trust to tell his secret to.
Holy smokes...Gail Giles is awesome. This book is awesome. I just finished it and am feeling like I went through some heavy lifting.
This was a well-written novel. It was a quick read for me as it grabbed my attention and made me want to keep reading. The character of Kip/Wade was well-developed, and, even though I have not gone through anything nearly as brutal, I felt as though I could partially relate to some of the simple struggles he went through. His development as a character is exhibited well throughout. On the other hand, the ending was a little abrupt and non-descriptive. Also, I could predict from the beginning tha ...more
Yet another brilliant book by Gail Giles. She has such a deceptively simple writing style.
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T ...more
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“I figured out that I can't forget. I can't really forgive. But I can live. Live with it. Like you live with a scar or a limp or whatever. You always know it's there. It reminds you never to let yourself do anything so stupid and horrible and wrong again. I step out of my rut, step again, and keep stepping. (277)” 58 likes
“Just like the breakthroughs, the bad stuff always takes you by surprise. (121)” 23 likes
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