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You Killed Wesley Payne

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  834 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
He's come to do a job.
A job that involves a body.
A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne
is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Nov 29, 2010 Yan rated it did not like it
You Killed Wesley Payne was just too much for me. While in the midst of being surrounded by Beaudoin’s originality and creativity I was lost more than once, and bored a good third of the book. After finishing the book I was a little ticked off. There’s a thin line between a great plot twist and some random bloshite* and Beaudoin tip toes his way back and forth on that line.

You Killed Wesley offers readers some extras: a clique chart and index, a glossary because readers will really need this, an
I was all prepared to love the book, the moment I read it's a mystery. The book turned out to be not what I expected. I have mixed feelings about You Killed Wesley Payne. I don't think I am the right person to fully appreciate this book.

I will start with the positive aspects.
I did like You Killed Wesley Payne. I am very impressed by the originality of the book. It is definitely very witty and clever. Moreover, there are some great plot twists that kept me guessing. There were some funny dialogu
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You Killed Wesley Payne
In the book titled “You killed Wesley Payne” by Sean Beaudoin, the main characters name is Dalton. He is in a school where shootings happen daily and crime is a natural thing. But he is the equivalent of a bounty hunter; he only works cases for money. He tries to find out who murdered who. He is a kid detective. He never gives up and isn’t afraid of threats. However he does have one thing that can compromise him; he is the equivalent of a dirty cop. In the world he lives
Feb 06, 2011 Irena rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
It is honest to say that I have never read a book like You Killed Wesley Payne because it is the first pulp noir mystery I have ever read. A part of me was afraid that I wouldn't like it because it was all unfamiliar territory for me – luckily, I ended up liking the novel a lot.

It all begins with Wesley Payne's murder. Dalton Rev, a seventeen-year-old Dick (private detective – and perhaps, sometimes, but just sometimes when he is too professional around a girl, a bit of a dick, too), transfers t
Jan 28, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing
It has been many years since I visited the waters of Young Adult fiction. On the recommendation of a friend, I dipped my toe back in with Sean Beaudoin's "You Killed Wesley Payne," and Good Lord, am I glad I did.

YKWP walks the fine line of being smart without a tedious disaffected and jaded overtone. It is funny in a realistic and intelligent way, and the plot moves both quickly and unpredictably, which makes it a bullet train of a read. The characters fall into over-the-top exaggerations of hig
Jun 12, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
In a young adult market drenched with pandering regurgitations, Sean Beaudoin's pulp noir satire stands out like Ken Jennings on Jersey Shore. Everyone at Salt River High is on the take, from the lowliest crowdaround to the Fac Cult T. Into this quagmire of cliques and sub-cliques each with a different scam, enters our unlikely hero, and teen private eye Dalton Rev. To solve the murder about which no one is talking, Dalton must risk life and limb and maintain a steady banter of witty dialogue in ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it
This novel transports the reader into the life of 17-year old Dalton Rev. He has to survive all the usual high school stuff: bullies, teachers, grades, parents, relationships, etc.. The only difference, he’s a Private Investigator traveling to high schools in the area solving crimes in order to raise money to support his family and buy body armor for his brother’s unit in Iraq. A little more pressure than your usual teen has. The novel is written in the film noir style. There’s even an index in ...more
Nov 27, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed You Killed Wesley Payne. It’s a smart, fast-paced mystery that makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of all the action. The stylistic language is difficult to get into at first (I’d recommend perusing the glossary or the clique information in the front of the book), but once you immerse yourself, it becomes second nature, and furthermore it enhances the feel of the book.

Dalton, the protagonist, comes off as slick and suave, but deep down he’s easy to connect to.
Mar 24, 2016 Shruthi rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one.
Um. That was interesting, I suppose...
This book threw me off. It felt like a parody, it was that ridiculous.

The ending was out of nowhere and Dalton honestly gets nothing.
The lingo was too much to keep track of and what was with using 'Bob' as a word to swear by?!?!?!

Would not recommend.
Mar 09, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Hilarious send-up of hardboiled noir detective fiction, high school, and human nature. Dalton Rev led me into a world so over-the-top twisted, so money-grubbing, so soulless and painfully corrupt, that it veered around the bend to being uncomfortably believable in its way. With bonus song lyrics, fiction attempts, t-shirt slogans, and off-brand candy!
I want to hire Pinker Casket to play at my next baby naming or backyard barbecue.
Don't be a fish stick like me and save the up-to-date slang gloss
Oct 05, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable and quickly-paced YA noir that's as hardboiled as an overcooked egg. Though remiscent in certain ways to the film Brick and the television series Veronica Mars, this book stakes out territory all of it's own: a high school that's closer to the rough, brutal mining camp of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest than anything else. Imagine high school cliques as crime sindicates. The dialog is suitably clever, the villains brutally evil, and femmes as duly fatale as one would expect ...more
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May 18, 2015 Lune Lenore Violette rated it did not like it
I went into this book (a noir-esque mystery... what could be better?) with pretty high expectations, I suppose, and that may have been part of my problem. But as a noir and mystery fan, I was prepared to like it. Here's the thing: though I tried and tried and tried, I admit I couldn't even get through it. I am an avid finisher of books, but this left me feeling annoyed and disgusted. The plot was "convoluted," but it was really just painfully obscure. The characters were loud and devoid of human ...more
Feb 27, 2015 abdul rated it it was amazing
“You Killed Wesley Payne” is a novel by the one and only writer Sean Beaudoin a magnificent author, who has written many great books including his best seller “Infects”. You killed wesley payne is a action packed thriller which made its way to becoming my favorite book ever read.
Seventeen year old Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High School because a homicide has occurred there and he wants in on the case. Arriving at the school the first person he meets is the food truck guy because no on
Feb 18, 2015 Joshua rated it did not like it
The literary world never ceases to amaze me. For example, I didn’t think it was possible to mess up the concept of a noir novel set in a high school, but Sean Beaudoin proved me wrong. It is very possible indeed. You Killed Wesley Payne has a good premise, but an mind-bendingly complicated plot and jarringly mismatched story elements manage to mess up what should have been a spectacular book.

Let’s start with the biggest problem this novel has. It’s not the labyrinthine plot, filled with more twi
May 31, 2014 Morgan rated it really liked it
To be honest, this isn't the best book I have ever read and I know you're thinking "then why did you give it such a high rating?" and I'm here to tell you why. This book may not be the best written or may not even have the best developed characters; however, there is no denying that each and every character and scene somehow manages to pull you in. Maybe it's the confusion of the plot that you know is going to be solved at the end? Or maybe it's the hilarious lingo and scenarios that you only wi ...more
Hector Rivera
Mar 07, 2014 Hector Rivera rated it really liked it
This book was, well, a weird one. It is about a teen named Dalton rev, and he is a private detective. He is doing jobs like finding missing objects in order to afford to Kevlar vests for his brother and his comrades in another country. They are in the military and seem not to have protection due to a cheap president. I still don't know what country this books takes place in, I'm guessing America, but they say "shite." i just ignore it, but anyway, he has to find who killed "the body." his client ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Annabel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who know some bloshite
Hilarious. Dark. Filled with humor. And other serious bloshite. Yup.

So original and creative, I think it's maybe one of the best YA novels in terms of originality. Seriously. Good job.

It was fast-paced, but sometimes the plot wouldn't get a move on and I had to tell myself to keep reading, and sometimes the humor was a slight bit confusing. Dark humor is what I love but the humor in the book wasn't *exactly* what I had in mind. I did love Dalton's character personality, and basically all of the
Gave it 200 pages, which is more than half before deciding that the style killed the story too much. I got the biting social commentary and the whole noir/hard boiled aspects of it, but in doing it so heavily, there is no story. It's buried. There were too many characters and none mattered. The book tried too hard.
Jun 13, 2014 Ann rated it it was ok
Dalton Rev is a seventeen year old "private dick" who talks like Sam Spade and his ilk. He is hired to find out what happened to Wesley Payne, a student at Salt River High School, who was found hanged from the goalpost. The school is a world of crime. There are cliques for every type of person from jocks, to nerds, and even the Fack Cult T. He enrolls as a student at the school and begins to infiltrate some of the cliques in order to find out what happened to Wesley and is joined by his "sidekic ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Amber rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/Comedy Fanatics.
You Killed Wesley Payne An interesting, funny and somewhat parodish book about pulp mysteries, and honestly I found it pretty interesting. I'm planning on rereading YKWP again to understand a few misconceptions, but overall this is an entertaining book!

I'm not too quick to read mystery (pulp, excessive) books, but maybe it's the cover that gotten me interested.

The premise of the story is ideal: 17 year old Dalton Rev is an amateur wannabe-detective who solves crimes/mysteries on his detective
Apr 21, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Wesley Payne does what a good book should--it sneaks up on you. From the outset I loved the idea of a teenage private detective with some noir thrown in. It's an idea I haven't seen before, which makes it incredibly intriguing.

For more than half of this book, I just wasn't sure what to make of it. There are moments where it's trying so hard to be something, but I'm not completely sure what that something is. World building is usually limited to science fiction or fantasy titles, but it is defini
Chase Schmitt
Dec 06, 2015 Chase Schmitt rated it it was ok
“What kind of loser wears a tie with steel toe boots” (1) that is a question that gets asked a lot when that very loser shows up at Salt River high. His name is Dalton rev (teen detective). In you killed Wesley Payne Dalton is faced with a challenging case of a murder that was just thought to be a suicide. But with one hundred thousand dollars gone missing Dalton realizes that it was just a distraction for the real trick. This investigation involves more than a body it involves The Body. Sean B ...more
Jonathan Trinh
Oct 29, 2015 Jonathan Trinh rated it liked it
You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin is an interesting take on the noir mystery that will probably be enjoyable to any fans of the genre. However, the story, while interesting and fresh, can be a bit much for those who aren't fans and it's still a noir detective story filled with the tropes and cliches of the genre.
The plot essential boils down to a hard-boiled private detective is tasked with solving a murder and case of theft in a city of gangs and corruption. Now keep the same detective
The story started out slow and somewhat hard to follow with all the high school cliques and new slang you really don't understand. Then you start to understand the longer you read and you become more involved with the story and its characters. I have to say that the story was a little predictable for me( every guess I made turned out to be right) but in a way that makes you want to continue to see if you are right, rather than reading ahead seeing that you're right and giving up on the book. The ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is a humor, mystery, YA, and a bit of film noir thrown in for good measure. I will admit that when I first started reading the book the language took me a minute to get used to hearing in my head. It is a mixture of the film noir type of heavy language with a bit of made up YA slang. However, once you get past the heavy language, the mystery unfolds. It is a fun mystery even though it involves the death of someone so young. You don't get too involved with Wesley Payne until the end so you c ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
It took me a couple of pages to understand what was going on in the bizarre and dark world that Beaudoin created: Salt River. You're immediately thrown into a strange and corrupted Salt River High, where the students must learn to survive all while making a profit. Money is the only thing that really matters, the guy with the hockey mask on top of the roof shoots at the students to keep the order, and cliques are everything (even the faculty is a clique: the Fack Cult.)

The story follows Dalton
Bethany Larson
Mar 06, 2011 Bethany Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I sooo, sooo dig this book. I love old school, pulp, detective novels and movies, and this book is definitely a modern take on that style and genre. The main character, Dalton, fancies himself a detective, and takes a case where he has to solve the mystery of who killed Wesley Payne, a student at Salt River High, which is basically the scariest sounding high school I've ever heard of--everyone is part of a clique that not only has a specific angle, but also a racket, and is comprised of smooth-t ...more
Jul 31, 2011 MizziQ rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-it
I really liked the plot of this story, I just don't think that the author handled it rightly. It was pretty fun for a about 50 pages. The cliqu'es part was really hard to understand. He definitely could have done better explaining that. I felt like the kid was chasing his tail the whole book until you found out that since he has so many people working for him it was all hunky dory. I honestly didn't see a point to the book. I had to think a long t
Jan 20, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amanda by: Star Book Tours
Shelves: dnf, arc, 2010, ya-fiction
Dalton Rev has just transferred to Salt River High. It's not exactly an ordinary school, with the cliques ruling like mobs and snipers keeping everyone in line, so it's a good thing that Dalton is no ordinary guy. He's here on business - the private dick business, to be exact. He has been hired to come look into the supposed suicide of one Wesley Payne. With the odds stacked against him, Dalton has a limited time frame to find the killer - unless the killer gets to him first.

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if any book deserves to earn a five-star rating based on all it's elements coming together as a fantastic read, its you killed wesley payne. some may be put off by it's unusual style, or its strange blend of noir and high school cliques, but therein is the intrigue of this refreshingly original novel. filling the setting of salt river high with all the necessary roles -'hard-boiled detective', crime bosses galore, the femme fatales, a few red herrings, stoolies, etc-, sean beaudoin has expertly ...more
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Sean Beaudoin is the author of five Young Adult novels, including the rude zombie love story The Infects, and the black comedy rock and roll love story Wise Young Fool. Sean likes love stories almost as much as he loves to talk about himself in the third person. Welcome Thieves is a short story collection that will be out March '16 with Algonquin Press.
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