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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
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Published February 1st 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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sana  °¤°
Dec 12, 2016 marked it as bye-felicia  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what's wrong with me, but like I really don't feel like reading this?? (Probably because I'm dying). If a book has a rating lower than 3.4 I just can't bring myself to read it because chances are I'll hate since so many other people did and I didn't even research before diving into this one.

So like I need something to help me get over Stolen: A Letter to My Captor.

Hit me up with some fluffy contemporaries. (No depressing shit please.) :))
Yan
Nov 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Misha
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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Sam Smith

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
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Donna
Before you even begin the thought of reading this book, check your normal meter at the door and rev your suspension of disbelief as far up as it can go. If you go into this one thinking a semi-normal who-dunnit story is going to ensue, you're grossly mistaken. This is Sean Beaudoin remember. He eats mind fucks for breakfast. Hello? Fade to Blue anyone?

Once you get over that, expect nothing and anticipate everything, you'll begin to settle into the story nicely. Of course, you need to get over th
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Lauren
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Amber
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Irena
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joe
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

You Killed Wesley Pa
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Cindy
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Krista
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah
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
Hannah
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matthew
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kelly
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.
Shruthi
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda Lee
Like a lot of other readers of this book, much of the comedic elements and references were so obscure that the cumbersome glossary was necessary to understand the plot of the novel. I felt that the mystery was well thought out and exciting yet I struggled to get past the jargon and references that I didn't understand. I guess the teenage "slang" was meant to be part of the charm of the book but for me, it interfered with the plot and made it more difficult to understand.
However, this was defini
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Kylee
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very interesting book. I definitely saw where the author was coming from in terms of style. It was like a black and white private detective movie mixed with modern day high school. It seemed strange at first, but that's the only way things really make sense, all the clichés and the suspense and the double- or triple- or double-triple-crossings. You never really know what's going on until the very end, and even then there are still some surprises.
Michell
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: snarky-mystery
This was a fun, snarky, youth-noir detective story.
Gage Bishop
this book was a really good mystery book i really liked it you should read it if you like mystery
Chase Schmitt
“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
Andrew Joyce
“You Killed Wesley Payne” by Sean Beaudoin is a murder mystery novel, set in the Salt River High School. Wesley Payne was found hanging from the football goal post, wrapped in duct tape. Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High in order to solve the mystery.

Overall, I liked this book. It wasn’t horrible. Beaudoin wrote this book style as “noir,” which is entertaining, but not really expected for a mystery written in 2011. There was also a large list of cliques (which are very important to the sto
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Beverly
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Product Description
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 his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna
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Brittany
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Dalton Rev is a dick–a private investigator hired to figure out who killed Wesley Payne. This investigation is a bit more intense than the ones in his past. Usually he finds missing cats or items, this time he has to solve a murder. What's more is that he must do it with crooked cops, a faulty faculty and some kool kids who are way too into labeling themselves. The cliques also have fashioned a sort of gang war between The Balls and Pinker Casket (the top dogs). This may be Dalton's most dangero ...more
Kristen
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I read this: I really loved Fade to Blue, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest novel.

Plot: If you ever read a book by this insane man Sean Beaudoin, don't expect normal. Expect something you'll have to wrap your head around, maybe multiple times before anything makes sense. Don't think this is any old mystery. Oh no.

Beaudoin blends dark humor with film-noir elements to create such an outstanding plot, characters, and overall novel that it will knock your socks off. I laughed so hard
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Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
I will have to say that my first initial reaction to this book would be...umm wow that was different. This is my first novel by Sean Beaudoin, so I don't know if all his books are this strange. I have it a 2.5 because part of me liked the concept of the story though the other part couldn't wait for it to be over.

I will be completely honest, I don't think I have ever read a crime noir novel. I have read mystery's, thrillers, suspense, all involving crimes, etc, but nothing like this.

Dalton is a
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Rebecca
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You Killed Wesley Payne is different, to say the least. It’s different in that you don’t know what to expect or where the story was going to take you. I have to say that You Killed Wesley Payne is written in a unique style that is not going to be to everyone’s tastes.
I liked You Killed Wesley Payne at the start because it had this unique voice and I was hoping to get more into the story of Dalton and who he was as well as finding out who killed Wesley Payne. There were parts where the author wou
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Loveliest Evaris
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love mystery, high school, and slang...and charts
Okay.. I'm a sucker for a book that has little "extras" in the book. And by extras I mean a chart detailing where all the cliques and groups fit in the school, the "sub-groups" and whatnot. Also, I loved how the author used slang or references that kind of seemed out of place, but then at the back put in a dictionary for confused readers to peruse (peruse means to read thoroughly, not skim) until they understand better. And another added bonus was the breakdown of the cliques and who they were " ...more
Joshua
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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