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You Are Not Here

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  845 ratings  ·  139 reviews
A startling novel about love and grief from the author of the acclaimed memoir I Don't Want to Be Crazy.

Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was
secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Push
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Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
I love verse style writing, it conveys thoughts and feelings very well, imo, especially grief. But no matter how hard I tired, I couldn’t stir up any emotions for this one.

You Are Not Here tells the story of Annaleah, a teenage girl who has just lost her quasi-boyfriend, Brian. At the age of 17, his un-knowingly defected heart gave out on him. Now Annaleah is trapped in grief and has no one to share her pain with. No one who knew Brian even knows she exists.

While I was certainly touched by this
Jan 07, 2011 Lora rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nic and Arlene; or anyone who enjoys verse novels.
First off, I'd just like to say that although I haven't read a lot of verse novels, I do enjoy them. And this one was no exception.

You Are Not Here begins with Annaleah going to visit her boyfriend, Brian, whom she's been seeing for the past few months. Except this time, she's going to visit his grave. Brian's passing has left a hole in Annaleah's heart, and she's not sure how to move on without him.

This novel alternates between the past and the present: It tells how Annaleah met Brian, and how
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Absolutely wonderful, absorbing and real, you will not want to put it down
* Unusual, raw and poignant
* I'm at a loss on how to express how wonderful I though this book was. If you have ever lost someone you love, you will recognize all the thoughts and emotions that Annaleah goes through in her grieving process
* Must go find more of the author's books tomorrow - seriously impressed
* The last chapter is sad and beautiful and hopeful
* Some nice light humour
* Secondary charac
Verse novels aren’t my favorite. I want them to be. I really, really do. But for some reason I have never been able to get attached to a novel written in verse. Knowing this, when I saw the premise for YOU ARE NOT HERE, I knew immediately I wanted to read it, and I am so glad I did.

It was a novel written in verse, yet I still could not help myself from falling in love with it. I cannot see it successfully written any other way. The raw emotions conveyed through the lines gave me such an insight
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: First off, I'll start explaining why I only gave this book 3 cupcakes. Generally 3 cupcakes does mean I liked it, I just didn't like it as much as I wanted too or love it. You Are Not Here is written in verse and it reminded me of Chasing Brooklyn a lot which I did enjoy. I usually do not like too many books written in verse so that may be why my rating is a little low. I also wasn't aware before reading it that it was written in verse. However, it is a fast read so I gave it a shot ...more
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz tells the story of Annaleah, who is experiencing deep grief after the sudden depth of the boy she liked. The boy she was having a secret relationship with. Brian is dead and Annaleah just wants to be dead with him.

Annaleah has been "dating" Brian, a boy from a town nearby. Unfortunately theirs was basically a hidden relationship so now, with Brian gone, she really has no one to experience the grieving process with. Her friends warned her about seeing him becau
Shutz's latest novel in verse is fiction about a Annaleah who has a secret relationship with jock, artist, basketball player Brian, who suddenly dies. Only 3 of Annaleah's friends knew and didn't necessarily approve of them being together. With Brian's death, AnnaLeah is plunged to the depths of despair and now we as the reader find out about Brian from Annaleah. Brian didn't always make time for Annaleah but it is her friend Marissa, who keeps calling her friend (will Annaleah return her calls? ...more
It's funny, how verse novels with such few words can often invoke more emotion than a novel with twice as many. You Are Not Here is a novel about loss, and ultimately moving on.

Annaleah's relationship with Brian was complicated. From what we find out I'm not sure that Brian felt the same way that Annaleah did. It's easy to be mad at her for being so naive, yet at the same time it's easy to see how being in love can blind you. The depiction of the grieving process was done extremely well. You can
Liza Wiemer
You Are Not Here was recommended to me by Joli of Actin' Up with Books Blogspot. I've been reading a ton of verse YA novels lately and she thought I would appreciate this one. I definitely did! You Are Not Here is about a girl named Annaleah who hooks up with a boy named Brian. Only a couple of Annaleah's friends know about their relationship, and they don't exactly approve. Brian seems to be using Annaleah, contacting her at his convenience and not defining their relationship beyond hooking up ...more
Whitney Baer
While reading this book I felt as though I was grieving a lost loved one.

The realness was there and it was thick! The emotions I felt were intense and the storyline easily pulled me in.

Annaleah had a secret relationship with Brian... She had true feelings and thought he did as well. When she comes to find out he passed away un expectantly her world is turned upside down. There is a hole in her heart and an emptiness in her life. As she grieves though, you come to learn that maybe Brian and her
Patricia Keefe
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz would be a great bibliographic therapy book for grief and absence of a parent in a child's life. The sixteen-year-old who tells the story in first person narrative verse is distraught about the sudden unexpected death of a teenage boy with whom she has had a secret relationship. He dies on the basketball court of an unusual type of heart failure, no drug abuse or violence involved.

Her friends and mother do not understand her grief over the boy's death since sh
Rebecca Stonehill
A 14 year old girl who I do creative writing with told me that she didn't like poetry. But then she added, as an afterthought, that she had once read a book written in verse. I asked her if I could look at it and she brought along 'You are not here' by Samantha Schutz. The only other novel I've read in verse is Vikram Seth's incredible 'Golden Gate' but I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, particularly as I very, very rarely read YA novels. Not only did it sensitively ...more
The title You Are Not Here can refer to Annaleah as well as her dead boyfriend.
The story takes the reader to the depths of Annaleah's mourning process over a boy that wasn't that into her.
I felt a bit pissy that Annaleah was so down over a guy that she didn't have a true relationship. His friends didn't know she existed. Her friends knew of him. They didn't tell their parents they were seeing each other.
Annaleah closed herself off from her friends and mother after Brian suddenly dies. Still k
Nancy Morales
This is an amazing book, it is very dramatic in every page of the book. This book is mostly about a girl, Annaleah, that deals with a loss of a guy, Bryan, that means the world to her. At the beginning, she feels that her and Bryan share a great relationship, that they are ment to be with one another. Then suddenly, Bryan dies out of no where. Annaleah sees that she is out of that role of grieving that the other people that knew Bryan had. She felt unacknowledged and lonely. She spent most of he ...more
Annaleah is grieving for a boy. She felt quite strongly for him. He did not always reciprocate those feelings. I have re grief she pushes away her friends, and seeks solace in her loneliness.

I don't remember why I added this book to my "to read" list.

I finished it despite the very predictable story line. I like that it is written in verse and that has got me thinking about using novels like thus in the poetry unit.

I'm sure some of the girls in my school would like to read this book. Ugh ad a lo
Sarah Ritchie
this. book. sucked.
You Are Not Here is only the second book I’ve read that is written in verse and I have to say that this style is really growing to become one of my favorites. Samantha Schutz has written an amazing story of love, loss, and finding out how to keep living.

Annaleah is not an easy character to like at first. She’s very naïve and on top of that she’s rather rude to her friends. She cuts herself off from the world and she just stops caring about living. The remainder of her life is all about Brian, e
Sara Fiorenzo
I was sent this book a few weeks ago and it immediately drew my attention. The title and cover alone made me want to read this book! You Are Not Here, the sophomore effort of Samantha Schutz is written in verse, an emerging writing style in YA Lit. Schutz is also the author of I Don’t Want to Be Crazy.

The premise of this story is incredibly powerful. How do you grieve when no realizes you have lost something? Not only that but how does a teenager grieve? Annaleah must learn how to move on which
Annaleah is a pathetic girl (but not unlike all of her teen counterparts) who get wrapped up in a relationship that is anything but. Brian "sort of" dated her and they certainly had sex a few times, but it didn't bother her that she never met his parents or his friends and vice versa... that is until he died. A freak heart problem killed him on the basketball court. She attends the wake knowing full well that no one knows who she is and spends the majority of the book wallowing in memories of a ...more
Jessica Price
I had very mixed feelings about this book. First off, I really, really liked it. The problem I had was with the characters. So here I go, I'm just gonna jump right in.
Annaleah and Brian have a secret relationship that no one is aware of. It kind of strikes me that Brian is also not aware of it. None the less, Annaleah really likes him and might even be in love with him. One day, tragedy strikes Brian and he suddenly dies. Annaleah doesn't know how to grieve because no one knew they were togethe
Medeia Sharif
Annaleah had a secret relationship with Brian. When Brian dies of a heart condition, Annaleah is overwhelmed by emotions and questions. Brian never told his parents about her. Also, he’d be hot and then cold with her. Why? Was he embarrassed by her? Was he seeing someone else? He could be so sweet towards her--she even lost her virginity to him--but he never made the relationship public. Annaleah visits his burial place pondering the relationship she had with him, her love and desire for him swi ...more
I really loved this book. The narrative is fantastic and I loved the main character Annaleah. I felt the love expressed in this book was just so heart felt you can not help but be touched. Annaleah character was just perfect, not to strong but not a total weeping fool. I felt the author did a fantastic job at making the story enjoyable and light. It is a sad story line but when you are done reading it you will not feel sad, you will feel like Annaleah survived. She might be a little beat up and ...more
Madeleine Rex

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Samantha Schutz's You Are Not Here perfectly encapsulates the confusion, denial, and stubborn grief that its main character feels after the death of the boy she believes she loves. This book is my first exposure to novels in verse, and I can say with a surety that I won't hesitate to read another. Emotionally penetrating and beautifully written, the book will no doubt resound with readers and stay with them through a
Claire Ho
I actually really liked this book but it was too depressing and emotional. I guess since I've never experienced the death of a loved one I don't understand how the author actually feels about the character. I know how it feels to get heartbroken by a guy though. That sort of sucks. Honestly I think the author did a really good job describing more than grief and love. She added a hint of family issues and friendship problems. For some reason it made me think that the main character, Annaleah had ...more

Samantha Schutz delivers a powerful novel with You Are Not Here, showing us the painful aftermath of losing a loved one. I thought Ms. Schutz pulled everything off quite nicely, considering the fact that her book is written entirely in verse.

But despite being in verse, it took me longer than I anticipated to finish this book. Annaleah was a bit frustrating, and I wasn't use to the writing style. I guess I should put it out there that I'm not a very big fan of novels written in verse, as shown
N.L. Riviezzo
As I was reading through this verse novel, I thought that the structure and voice was very similar to a memoir I read awhile back. I had not realized that the author of I Don't Want To Be Crazy was the author of this piece until I was done.

I picked up this book because it sounded interesting and because the title started with a 'Y'. The latter is shameful, I'm sure, but it brought the book to my attention.

I thought the book was a little too angst-ridden for my taste. Yes, it is a work about a te
You Are Not Here was a stunning novel filled with heartbreakingly beautiful passages and stunning writing. This book tugged at my heartstrings time and time again and I found myself lost in Annaleah’s world over the course of a few hours. Samantha Schutz has written a fantastic verse novel that I know I won’t soon forget.

Annaleah loved her boyfriend Brian and she felt they had something one-of-a-kind. Their relationship was kept a secret from their families and friends and Annaleah didn’t mind.
Leah  (Simply Nerdy Book Reviews)

While the summary does not do this book justice, the cover sure does. It is definitely my favorite cover ever--I swear, I spent more time staring at the cover than it took me to read the book. It's absolutely stunning, and is a beautiful cover for an even more beautiful story.

You Are Not Here is written in verse, which is not exactly my favorite. To be honest, this is the first book in verse that I've finished before. Ever. And I'm glad that that I didn't torment myself by trying to read
I am greatly disappointed by this novel. It wasn't real enough rather it felt like a two-way mirror or an imaginary glass enabling me to see,sense and feel broken love and the unknown bitter truth ; kept silent like a deadly secret and acting as a barrier between Brian.and Annaleah. I've read novels in.verses before and I loved Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schoeder because it was poetic, warm when there was cold seeping sadness and cold when there seems to be warm shining hope. I truly felt how losi ...more
When I first chose to read this book, I was in the mood for a verse novel and found You Are Not Here on the “New” shelf. I initially thought this would be the typical teen love story gone badly, because of Brian’s death. The first chapter of this book opens up with Annaleah being at Brian’s tombstone and for some reason my interest in the book quickly grew. Readers first learn that Annaleah and Brian had a relatively normal relationship. They met, flirted, and hung out a few times. Nonetheless, ...more
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I am a writer and children’s book editor living in Brooklyn, NY. My first book, I Don’t Want to Be Crazy, is a memoir about anxiety disorder written in verse. My second book, You Are Not Here, is a verse-novel about grief and loss. I am currently working on my third book for young adults.
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“I feel
“My heart is empty.
But my brain -
my brain is full.
It races with thoughts
of what could have been.”
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