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You Are Not Here

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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
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Hardcover, 292 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Push
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Fiona
“But when someone is dead, he’s dead. He’s not coming back. There is no second chance. Death is a period at the end of a sentence. Someone gone, but still out there, is an ellipsis…or a question to be answered.”

Drowning myself in a sea of my own tears. How could this break me so much?!

If I wanted to sum this book up in two words, it would be heart-achingly beautiful. Nothing about this book is happy until the last 30 pages. So if you read this book, be prepared to have a heavy heart. The first
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Heather
Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2010
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
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Paige  Bookdragon
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I wouldn't give this book
a rating because this
just didn't
work out for
me.

This type of writing
is making my eyes cross
and I
keep on being distracted
with all this mojo.
Lora
Jan 07, 2011 Lora rated it liked it
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
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Jennifer Rayment
Nov 02, 2010 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
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
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Sarah
Nov 28, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
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
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Hani Tiara
Feb 16, 2016 Hani Tiara rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
A good book to relate to if you have experienced a death of a loved one.
Destiny
Nov 17, 2015 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
This book was a great read. It was written in poem form, and I really enjoyed that. I read this book in just a matter of days, because I did not want to put it down. Any free time I had, I read it. I thought the main character deserved to be treated better by the guy she was with. I don't think she realized how bad she was treated until he died. In my opinion, the main character gave too much more effort than the guy did. This book seemed simple, but there was something very en
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Liz
Jun 13, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
"This is a different kind of good-bye."

Lovely, beautiful, perfect. This was absolutely perfect. I could not have found these words more truthful had I written them myself. After recently experiencing my own tragic loss, this book...these words...left me speechless. Annaleah said all the right things, felt all the right things and I've never been able to connect more with a character than I did with her. Whether you've experienced a loss or not, this is undeniably breathtaking. A very honest imag
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Jill
Nov 24, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it
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
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Princess Bookie
Jan 27, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it liked it
Shelves: read2010
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
bjneary
Aug 17, 2011 bjneary rated it really liked it
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
Kristi
Jun 02, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it
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
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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
Jfutrell
Annaleah is devastated when she gets the call that her sometime boyfriend Brian collapsed on the basketball court at the park and died. Just like that, Brian is gone. The situation feels surreal and Annaleah is in a state of shock. She goes to his funeral, even though she 19s never met his parents and doesn 19t know his friends. Now Annaleah has to manage all the conflicting feelings she had for the boy she only dated for three months and who she was never really sure of. Of course she feels gri ...more
Andi
Mar 19, 2015 Andi rated it it was amazing
Annaleah and Brian have a complicated relationship. Not only are they not officially dating ,but barely anyone knows they are seeing each other. Annaleah is devastated when she finds out Brian is dead. Nobody can understand what Anna is going through because nobody knows how she truly felt about Brain. To Brian, Anna was just another girl to kiss but Anna felt differently. Anna had fallen for Brain. She wanted to be part of his life. Since Anna cared for Brian so deeply, his sudden death put her ...more
Whitney- Reader's Candy
Jan 10, 2015 Whitney- Reader's Candy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Alene Sen
Aug 14, 2015 Alene Sen rated it it was amazing
This book was written in verse about a teenage girl who has to cope and accept the sudden death of her boyfriend. What sets this story apart from other "coping with death" stories, is that the couple's relationship was a secret and therefore, she cannot mourn openly. Very well written. Very insightful of a teen's journey through the loss of a first love.
Patricia Keefe
Jan 06, 2014 Patricia Keefe rated it really liked it
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
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Rebecca Stonehill
Sep 06, 2014 Rebecca Stonehill rated it really liked it
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
Karol
Jan 17, 2015 Karol rated it it was amazing
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
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Nancy Morales
Oct 21, 2014 Nancy Morales rated it it was amazing
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
Randy
Sep 23, 2014 Randy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, sept-14
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
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Sarah Ritchie
Apr 08, 2011 Sarah Ritchie rated it did not like it
this. book. sucked.
Katie
Jan 14, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: scholastic
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
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Sara Fiorenzo
Oct 06, 2010 Sara Fiorenzo rated it really liked it
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
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Alicia
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
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Medeia Sharif
May 03, 2011 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Nicolle
Jul 06, 2012 Nicolle rated it really liked it
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
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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
empty
confused
hurt
numb
disoriented
mad
vulnerable
insignificant
blurry
tired
sweaty
overwhelmed
temporary
anxious”
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“My heart is empty.
But my brain -
my brain is full.
It races with thoughts
of what could have been.”
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