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This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.

You’re just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?

There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if yo...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperTeen
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Sep 24, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Goodreads Giveaway
Shelves: first-reads, 2010, ya
What a lucky Goodreads Giveaway win! I would have never picked up this book on my own and it ended up exceeding all my expectations.

The novel is addictive from the very first lines:

You are surprised at all the blood.

He looks over at you, eyes wide, mouth dropping open, his face almost as white as his shirt.

He's surprised, too.

There is not a lot of broken glass, though, just some tiny slivers around his feet and one big piece busted into sharp peaks like a spiking line graphs, the blood washing
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Librarian for

Kyle is a hoodie. One of those kids that sits in the back of the class, tries not to be noticed, doesn't do his homework (only because he doesn't see the point), and dresses in the same "uniform" every day - black jeans, black shirt, black hoodie.

You can find hoodies in every school, even though they might be called something else - slackers, freaks, stoners. Whenever you see them walking down the hall or through the mall, you don't know exactly wh...more
Dec 01, 2010 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
You open a book and it hits you in the face with broken glass, blood, and screaming. You haven’t met anyone yet and so don’t know who the other players are. You’re confused. You’re anxious. You might even be angry. You decide to just go with it.

You are Kyle, a high school sophomore and hapless and angry loner. He made some bad decisions and is now resigned to a path in life that he can’t find a way off of. His father is a disembodied voice shouting at the TV, his mother is the Muppet Babies Nann...more
Charles Benoit

Kyle Chase is a loser…in his own mind. He has dropped out…he has made poor choices, he doesn’t care, he doesn’t like the way his parents treat him, he doesn’t respect his teachers, he doesn’t really even like his friends. He knows if he had made other choices he would be in a different school doing very different things. And yet he is not. And there is nothing he can do about it. He has everyone figured out. He has life figured out and he is not able to change anything. He doe...more
Sarah (YA Love)
You worked for me as a young adult lit reader, but it worked for me even more as a teacher always on the look-out for great guy books. I’m going to be book-talking this book like crazy, but the cover alone will help draw in readers; it’s what grabbed my attention! The cover fits perfectly with the story and is incredibly intriguing. As soon as I started reading, Kyle reminded me of so many of my male students. It’s sad but true. It doesn’t take much for a student to end up like Kyle; a few missi...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
When I first started reading this book I really liked it.
Since Charles Benoit wrote YOU in 2nd person, it was like nothing I've read before,
I absolutely loved it.
I would love to find more books that are written like this.
It started out great, and I started getting so excited because I thought I found an amazing book.
I read a lot of reviews with people saying that it was stunning.
But about half way through the book I starting thinking,
"Alright, so where exactly is this story going?"
I felt like th...more
Kyle is a hoodie – one of those kids that sits in the back of the class, tries not to be noticed, doesn’t do his homework (only because he doesn’t see the point), and dresses in the same “uniform” every day – black jeans, black shirt, black hoodie. You can find hoodies in every school even though they might be called something else – slackers, freaks, stoners. Whenever you see them walking down the hall or through the mall you don’t know exactly what to expect – you just know it won’t be good.

15 year old Kyle Chase belongs to the Hoodie Group because of his choice of attire. He goes to the loser school Midlands while his high-achieving friends attend Odyssey. Kyle refers to the scar on his hand several times but never really tells us what happened. He's failing most of his classes and only comes alive when he encounters Ashley, the girl of his dreams. However, he never dares to tell her his feelings until it is too late. Kyle is coasting through life - drinking, hanging out, entering...more
Eva Leger
Sep 28, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eva by: ARC tours
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
Am I missing something? Can someone please tell me what it is? Why is the front cover of this ARC covered with wonderful blurbs? Why is the back cover the same? Why are there three and a half pages inside (three of them filled to the brim) with wonderful blurbs? Someone tell me because I'm not seeing it.
I rated this two stars because I did finish it although that's not a huge feat considering I did this in one evening only picking up the book three times. If I started listing all the other thin...more
To be honest, I didn’t know what I was really in store for when I signed up to read You. Insightful teen stories isn’t usually what I look for in a good book. The excerpt doesn’t really give you a good indication of what the story is about other than it being the Life and Times of Kyle Chase. And really, that’s about all the story is. You, while it doesn’t sound all that thrilling and let’s be honest, it really wasn’t that gripping of an account, did have its good moments. You isn’t something yo...more
You is a combination problem novel/murder novel about a young 15 year old teen named Kyle who feels disconnected from his school and family. He drifts through life and the only thing that he can get excited about is a girl named Ashley. He had friends, but his underachieving ways land him in another school, as they go on to the school for “smart kids.” His new friends are fellow underachievers, but he has only a thin connection to them. Then Zach arrives. Zach is a brilliant and sadistically man...more
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
You? No more like why me? This is what I get for getting caught up in a synopsis that made the book sound so intriguing I couldn't pass it up! Well to some the story up the books is told from a second person point of view which does indeed make it unique but in essence it was an unique way to tell a less than lackluster story. It continued to go round and round and led to nothing. I was more disappointed at the end then I was by the story itself. The character is Kyle he's going through some kin...more
Kyle Chase is the average fifteen-year-old sophomore - he hangs with the outcasts, never does his homework, and is a disappointment to his family. However, his life becomes much more than that when Zach, a new kid expelled from his previous private school, comes to Midlands. You become Kyle and experience what he goes through, and you will never be the same.

Uniquely written and creepily exciting, You is a great book for reluctant male readers or any person that enjoys a fast-paced story. The sec...more
Mike Mullin
Benoit slices high school open and lays its steaming, stinking entrails on a stainless steel table, ready for the reader's autopsy.


The Short Version:
Entrancing and guttingly real, You combines a unique writing style, a relatable mess of a main character, and a shocking string of events for one powerful punch. Written as if both speaking to the reader and writing as if the reader were actually Kyle, the title denotes the narrative while the book still centers around Kyle. With a steady building of events and a jaw dropping conclusion, You will leave the reader reeling and dumbfounded in all the best ways.

The Extended Version...more
This is a really interesting novel. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story like this one…

I think this book is very difficult to classify, you can’t trap it under the usual stereotype for YA contemporary, and this book is practically its own genre.

I adored the narrative. Instead of “I walk to the kitchen” or “He walks to the kitchen” it’s totally “You walked to the kitchen” As if I was a fifteen year old boy named Kyle Chase and some stalker writer charted down a whole novel about me and got it pu...more
Ilsa Bick
Know how you sometimes talk to yourself? How you sit there and wonder what the hell you're doing? How it's sometimes easier to take a step back from yourself, as if you've suddenly become this really interesting bug no one's ever seen before? How, if you employed second-person narration as an internal thought, your high school English teacher would ding you? That's You. Known for his adult mysteries, this is fellow Dear-Teen-Me author Benoit's first YA novel, one that employs that second-person...more
First Look: 2/5. I won this in one of the weekly Inkpop writing challenges. The cover is slightly intriguing, but mostly mediocre. I hated how the inside cover didn’t tell me anything about the plot, and neither did any of the websites I looked at.

Setting: 5/5. This is about the best you can do for a story that takes place in settings as thrilling as high school.

Characters: 3/5. They all seemed one-sided to me. They picked one attitude and mood, and stuck to that for the entire book.

Plot: 3/5. N...more
Laura Graves
All I can say is wow. I definitely needed a day to process this book. It totally blew me away. It's a completely shattering story, but it was so good. I explained this book in full detail to my mother this morning when we were on our way to work. I was very impressed.

Let me say upfront, that you will probably either love this book or hate it. Either way, it will suck you in and spit you back out so be prepared. Kyle is such a tragic character. He's so smart and actually a good person, at heart....more
When you open a book and find this:

“You’re surprised at all the blood. He looks over at you, eyes wide, mouth dropping open, his face almost as white as his shirt. He’s surprised, too.”

You find yourself instantly hooked. Right away I got Kyle. He's an average kid. He's not the best of students, has parents who nag and nag, he likes a girl who has no idea about his feelings.... he's no one ,yet he's everyone... he's YOU. We can all relate with Kyle - one way or another. You really get to unders...more
Sarah BT
There's a reason the ARC of You has blurb after blurb from authors, librarians and booksellers-Charles Benoit has written a stunning YA debut.

In the author's note in the beginning of the book, Mr. Benoit states that Kyle is not a bad teen nor is he good teen, but he's a typical teen and I couldn't agree more. Kyle is that teen boy that doesn't feel like he fits in anywhere, is somewhat awkward, and that most everyone have pegged as a "loser." Kyle is an incredibly believable main character. I c...more
You by Charles Benoit was one of the most intriguing novels I have read in the last year. The style of writing that was used in this book was what drew me in. In You the main character is Kyle, however, as oppose to saying “Kyle did this” or “Kyle spoke” the book is talking to you, telling you that your name is Kyle. It’s a bit difficult to describe but definitely worth reading.

In case you were unaware, Charles Benoit is a best-selling fictional mystery author. This book definitely has underton...more
Erm, holy WOAH to the power of infinity. I can't quite tell you just how wonderfully weird this book is. It creeps up on you and pulls you in so subtly you don't quite know how involved you are in the story until you turn the last page. Then it kind of hits you full force and all I can say about that is WOAH. This is one of those books that surprised me and let me tell you, i'm not easily surprised. It's scarily how painfully honest the story is, and maybe thats due in part to the second person...more
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
ou is the story of a boy who is quiet, misunderstood, and eventually at wits end. The beginning of this book sets us up for heartbreak by giving us a glimpse into how everything will end. The journey to that ending is a look into the life of just an average kid who is a bit restless and prone to finding trouble around every corner.

The book version is just over 200 pages. There isn't a lot of room to get off track. You has the right amount of teen angst, humor, conflict, and even mystery. We kno...more
Megan (the
Reading You is like climbing up a mountain only to be pushed off the peak. The climax occurs at the very end of the novel, and the falling action is a brief plunge to a bloody end. But don't let that dissuade you from reading this novel. The way it's written, as though the main character is talking to you as if you're him (I know that's a bit confusing, but I couldn't think of any other way to say it) is so unique and fresh. It's truly a style of writing that I have never seen before.
Plot alon...more
May 12, 2011 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya-lit
This novel is short, sweet, and mysterious. Benoit has won an Edgar Award for a past novel and it shows. There is a tension within the novel that drags you onward. I was pleasantly surprised by the creativity in the construction and writing of the book. The plot opens with what appears to be a gruesome death scene, and is one of the major components of the tension factor. Beyond this first bloody scene there is very little horror or mystery until the end of the novel. But, because you’ve read th...more
Kathleen Houlihan
Spare, fleeting, and achingly sad... those are my initial reactions after just finishing You. The characters and action are minimal, but the reader is sucked into the story immediately, because of the 2nd person narration, which places the reader in the position of Kyle Chance, our hero, drowning in the mire of darkly seething teenage apathy.

I found myself looking for more information about the characters, reading between the lines based on which parts of the story the narrator chose to describe...more
Alyssa Miller
“You” is not my idea of a good book. Kyle wonders how he got himself into this unfortunate situation he is in. It dawns on him that his grades dropped when he enrolled in Midlands High while all his friends went to a different school. Kyle met a group of people and soon adapted to their style of dressing. The group decided to break into the school and steal a wallet. Kyle tried to return it, but ended up getting suspended for three days for fighting.

Kyle has kind of a hard life. His home isn’t...more
Margaux Carmel
The author, Charles Benoit, is coming to our school, so my Library Club voted on a few books of his he wrote to read. We ended up choosing Fall From Grace, which I have read and reviewed already, but I also checked out You, because it seemed interesting.

The main character is a "hoodie," basically the type of person the average high schoolers define as "freaks," and "burn-outs," as Zack, a main character, describes the general crowd. Anyways, hoodies are basically the type of people who don't ca...more
You, Kyle, have been labeled as a bad kid. Your teachers are on you all the time, and you're always getting detention. The only thing you look forward to is talking to Ashley. Then Zack arrives at school, and he makes things interesting. He's a bad kid but has fooled everyone into thinking he's a good kid. He takes you under his wing. Will you play by his rules?

Surprisingly, the use of the second person to narrate this story didn't bother me so much... it kind of reminded me of those Choose Your...more
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“There's always a but. It's a magical word. You can say anything you want, go on for as long as you want, and then all you have to do is add the magic word and instantly everything you said is erased, turned meaningless, just like that.” 29 likes
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