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"I am a good guy. Good guys don't do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand."

Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy.

And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done so
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published October 25th 2005)
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Nov 17, 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
Lacey Louwagie
Sep 27, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it liked it
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.

****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
Emily May
Nov 22, 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
Dec 26, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it
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
Nov 12, 2010 Shelby rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2008 Luke rated it did not like it
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!
Jun 13, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jahaira Romero
Apr 07, 2010 Jahaira Romero rated it it was ok
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
Nov 06, 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
Mar 21, 2010 Daisy added it
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
Apr 07, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok
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
Suzette Kunz
Oct 14, 2015 Suzette Kunz rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 19, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 28, 2015 Leah rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 26, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it
"Inexcusable" is a uniquely written story that examines the shocking events surrounding a graduating high school football star and the life he sees himself living. Though the story is told in Keir's own unreliable words, there is something dark to be sensed beneath his point of view. Themes include appearance vs. reality, selective sight, consequences for actions, the importance of parenting, and the dangers of drug use.
This book was difficult for me to read because of the unique way it is writ
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Aug 18, 2011 Erica rated it did not like it
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
Oct 15, 2009 Janice added it
Shelves: ya
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Feb 26, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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
Jana Merrill
May 03, 2012 Jana Merrill rated it liked it
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
Dec 08, 2011 Josh(Dragon) Lunden rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2011 Dylan Schwartz rated it liked it
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
Aug 03, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
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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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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