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Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
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Jun 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2009, young-adult
Read in June, 2009

** spoiler alert ** High school senior and football kicker Keir Sarafian brings the term "unreliable narrator" to a whole new level. His complete refusal to take responsibility for anything he does is beyond creepy. He denies reality and insists on viewing himself as a good guy, or a guy with good intentions, or a guy who couldn't possibly have done the things people say he's done (including crippling a rival school's football player, getting so drunk with his teammates he destroys a beloved town statue, hazing the soccer team in an especially cruel manner, and raping the girl he's "in love" with).

The amazing thing is, you believe his version of events at first, or at least you believe that HE believes it, and you even feel sorry for him on many occasions!! He's popular but doesn't have a single friend. His older sisters don't show up for his graduation, and it destroys him with pain. His dad (who's not your typical alcoholic, but a "pal") is clearly to blame for many of Keir's distorted outlooks. And yet Keir is also a total asshole, and it's sort of sickening to be inside his head for the entire novel.

I wasn't entirely sure if the last few sentences show him realizing what he's done or not. Either way, a fast read and memorable narration.
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Aaron Well, he does admit that he crippled the guy. And he does admit he felt bad. The boy he crippled sent him a card and admitted it wasn't his fault. That's what happens in football. The only two in the story that thought he was a "bad guy" for hitting him were his sisters. In my opinion, the people that thought he was a "bad guy" were the people that didn't understand how football is played. You're supposed to legally hit someone as hard as possible. That's what he did. There are other things that he did that more accurately represented him in denial. The football thing wasn't one of them.

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