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You Don't Know Me

(XGeneration #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Part X-Files, part Freaks and Geeks, and totally ’80s!

In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between Washington and Moscow are close to breaking.

But in sleepy Gainesville, Florida, fourteen-year-old Janis Graystone is mainly worried about starting high school, earning a spot on the varsity soccer team, and keeping her older sister from running her life. And then there are
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Published November 10th 2013 (first published November 8th 2013)
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Goodreads Synopsis: Part X-Files, part Freaks and Geeks, and totally ’80s!

In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between Washington and Moscow are close to breaking.

But in sleepy Gainesville, Florida, fourteen-year-old Janis Graystone is mainly worried about starting high school, earning a spot on the varsity soccer team, and keeping her older sister from running her life. And then there are her paranormal experiences. Experiences where she awakens in her backyard — out of her body — with the
Alyson Stone
It's a well written book, but I think I'm just the wrong reader for this. If you are into superheros, I encourage you to pick this one up. It's free on Kindle. :)
Mar 05, 2015 marked it as partly-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: well-edited
I got this book as part of the Riot Girls box set.

I love superhero prose, but I didn't love this. Though it was well-edited and read smoothly, I found it very slow-moving, with a lot of detail about the characters' everyday lives, and just a gradually-building sense of Things Amiss that didn't build fast enough to keep my interest.

What really put me off it, though, and caused me to put it down after reading about a quarter of it, was the constant 80s references. I expect some cultural
Kanwarpal Singh
X generation is about janis graystone 14 year old girl, want to earn a spot in varsity football team, and for Scott start of high school as change for him and he want in life and wanna get away for hacking. and he secretly love Janis they gonna meet somewhere , to break the taboo of caste system of 13 street which can be brutal .
Janis is junior her sister Margaret control and on beach guys and gals are not together they had conversations and Margaret rudely behave with guys and said them to go
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this. It was well-written, the characters were engaging and the plot kept me hanging.

The bullying scenes were really difficult to read and only made me empathise with Scott more. I could do with warming up to Janis some more though. I wasn't expecting everything that came in the closing chapters but it was one hell of a climax.

Looking forward to reading the sequel.
Non Pantalones
It was an entertaining read - it definitely felt like a comic book, which worked!

Having completed the series, I liked the throwback to the 80s, it brought back memories of simpler times. :)
Rob Slaven
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This time it was from a LibraryThing giveaway. Despite that kindness I give my candid thoughts below.

Firstly, I'm going to choose to assume this is aimed at a young-adult audience. The situations are simple enough and kid-focused enough that I think this is probably a good assumption. Because of that target audience, I assess the book rather differently.

As a parent of daughters the age to read this I first want to know if there's
Jess Saxton
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, fiction, ebook, 2014
So, I came across this book when I was searching for XMen in iBooks... it was free, and the characters on the cover bear a passing resemblance to my two favorite X-Men, Jean Grey and Scott Summers. So, definitely worth checking out for me.

XGeneration possesses a similarity to X-Men in the fact that it focuses on a group of super-powered teenagers, and Janis Graystone and Scott Spruel are, indeed, very much like my favorite X-Men, except that Scott strives to be more like his hero, Cyclops.

Amie's Book Reviews
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
X GENERATION - YOU DON'T KNOW ME by Brad Magnare was given to me free in eBook format in exchange for an honest review.

Everything from the 1980s seems to fascinate today's youth so this book should be received well from its intended young adult audience. A few references might go over their heads such as when the author mentions Mary Lou Retton, but all in all it is well written and fast paced enough to keep the reader's interest.

A fun and interesting read. A trip to the 80s filled with pop
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
XGeneration 1: You Don’t Know Me by Brad Magnarella is a great piece of science fiction!

Scott and Janis are both freshmen in high school and they have both noticed the development of powers outside human norms. Scott can access electronics with his mind, while Janis not only can astral project when she sleeps, but she also has precognitive and telekinetic abilities. They used to be friends in elementary school, but in middle school, they drifted apart. Now as freshmen, their newfound abilities
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here we are again with the first book in a series and it is painfully slow. A lot of what seems to be useless information/filler text. I kept reading because I could see the concept the author was going for and I wanted more from the book. There was times I was like "OMG just get to the point already" and "what was the point in explaining that", but I kept reading and it got better at the beginning of the end. I am looking forward to reading the next book and I am expecting hopefully that it ...more
Sophie David
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable book that I didn’t want to end. I’m not normally too keen on reading books about teenagers as I find most writers follow the main themes of growing up, high school, romance etc, but even though this book contained all of that, there was something really great about the way it was written and how it flowed so well, the characters were like-able, conversations were natural and easy and I found myself rooting for Janis and Scott. I like a book to have some mystery about ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this ebook for free in exchange for a review from a LibraryThing giveaway.

Everyone knows when I'm reading a good book because I am happy. "XGeneration 1: You Don't Know Me" by Brad Magnarella made me happy. It's one of those books that you start reading faster because you want to know what happens and then you are sad that there is no more to read. I always wonder if authors have superpowers that allow them to know the thoughts and emotions swirling around inside so many different
Brian Palmer
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This captures the feel of a Spielberg movie better than any YA novel I've read recently. A small town, kids in school, slowly discovering that there is a hidden story behind the scenes, with creepy people watching over their moves... Although there are obvious comparisons to be made with the X-Men (a comparison driven, in part, by the author's making sure one of the characters in the story is himself a comic nerd who loves reading the X-Men), I don't think that's the dominant influence in the ...more
Elizabeth Jane
Cannot adequately express my love for this book! I love X-Men. I won't deny it. The fact that this book was loosely based on X-Men characters piqued my interest immediately. I had no idea how awesome the subsequent characters, writing, and plot would be though! I am blown away! I wrestled with the entire gamut of emotions: loneliness, fear, anger, humiliation, love, name it, it's in here! One particular incident had me in tears one moment and then shrieking, "Hell yeah! Get those ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
2.5 stars. I enjoyed the 80's setting and I particularly like Janis and how she stands up for Scott at the party. And the last 15% of the book was very exciting. However for a book about kids with powers it was surprising slow moving and alot of time was spent on normal high-school stuff that had nothing to do with what should have been the main story - Scott and Janis'powers, where they came from, who is watching them etc. Also because so much time was spent on this irrelevant stuff we actually ...more
Alice Hertford
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading XGeneration 1: You Don't Know Me, by Brad Magnarella, but I didn't regret reading it at all. I hadn't been born when the story starts, but I've always liked 80s and 90s shows, so I didn't feel lost with the setting.

This is a clean YA story with teen protagonists who have some cool powers. The pace is fast and you quickly get into the story. Some of the middle of the book would've been more fun to read with less pages, but the book was
Phil Patterson
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
The story follows the main characters, Scott and Janis as they move to to High School, Scott as a tip a Nerd trying to reinvent himself and Janis as the sport type who doesn't want to change. But Janis is no ordinary teenager as she has paranormal experience which she'll have to learn and adapt too.

As both Janis and Scott renew their childhood friendship they become close and dependant on each other in their times of need and their struggles through their school year.

I really enjoyed reading
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a fan of x-men and things of that sort and this reminds me a little of those type of stories. Being the first book in the series the author has some growing to do in my opinion. The story was hard to get into because it just seemed to drag on in parts. I think the storyline is a great one and I look forward to other installments to this series, but I am hopeful that the author can trim the fat so to speak (cut the info that really
Roger Hawkins
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of 80's references that I could easily for me to relive. I enjoyed that part of the setting quite a bit. I think the book was intended for young adult, but like most of that genre is fine for adult reading as well. The story had a bit of a slow start for me, but as the powers develop so does the intrigue/interest. The characters were well developed and likable, since they were so easy to relate to.
Nathan Ownbey
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When ever I read a book I always finish it at one point or another. Xgenerations book 1 had me up all night and any book that can do that is, in my opinion worth five stars. Yet there are some concerns about this book. one being the setting, set in 1984 might not hold the attention of the target age group. I also think that the pace in the middle of the book is a bit slow and some people might not enjoy it.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost felt ashamed for being a computer nerd / geek after reading this. I can't put my finger too much on why I was uncomfortable, but the main character is set up as very anti-social and unlikeable at first - always staring and looking at his neighbor, and comparing her and himself to the X-Men in these creepy nerd-montages.

I just felt icky reading them, and it overshadowed what wasn't too bad of a book, but it really left me not wanting more.
Amber Daniels
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. But that is my opinion it was wrote well and the characters were well developed. It just wasn't my cup of tea so to speak. I think a younger read would love this book. Because it's all geeky. What's not cool about a guy that can hack any computer just by feeling his way through it. I would like to see this author do a more adult series. I would recommend this book to younger friends of mine.
J.S. Roberts
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! I passed this one up twice thinking it would be too sci-fi for me, but I really enjoyed it. The author sells himself short saying this book doesn't have a lot of action. There is a wonderful slow build of suspense to the final showdown, but there's action of all kinds in the subplots. The eighties are depicted so clearly that anyone who didn't experience the decade can get envision what it was like. Believable characters, great plot. Well done!
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
[XGeneration:1] by [Brad Magnarella] was a flashback for me to the 80’s. I was the nerdy kid, like Scott, with the TRS80 and playing Dungeons and Dragons. I was also the girl who played sports like Janis. I could relate to both characters except for special powers thing. [Magnarella] did an excellent job of transporting me back in time. I really felt I was experiencing the events with the characters. I am looking forward to reading the second book.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but awkward.

The plot was great. Mystery, romance. Yet it doesn't answer any questions.

Plus, book stuck in a certain time period? Reference every single thing even remotely related to said time period!

And awkwardness. A paddling and two pants-wettings. Not a lot of fun.

A great story, yet not one of my favorites.
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a ball reading this book. I was fooled by the beginning and tricked at the end. A simple love quest for a teen geekboy computer hacker who wants to attract sports star teen girl gets mangled in with cold war espionage, magic, and bad people. Let's keep this series coming. It's a winner. My thanks to the author and LibraryThing for a complimentary copy.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Notbad. I would have thought it was written by a was hoping for more clues but obviosly this is going toe a super long series instead. Which means that it is good that i am stoppi g now.
I want toki,k in the favecehocever made the ting a@goeithm on here.grrrrrr!
Carly Kirk
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blown away

I enjoyed this book SO much! I was worried that it would feel too teenage-ery, but it didn't (for me). Once again I've been hooked into a series by a free/cheap first book.... but that's ok, I always like to discover new authors and good stories.
Helen M. Whitchurch
Emerging superpowers for teens

Hero has almost crippling shyness around girl next door, well written and edited but I don't like how much is left hanging for next book even if they're cheap. Interesting early days of internet and hackers.
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