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Inexcusable

(Keir Sarafian #1)

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,047 ratings  ·  1,181 reviews
"I am a good guy. Good guys don't do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand."

Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy.

And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done so
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published October 25th 2005)
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Chris Fontaine Gigi thought she was being raped because that is what happened, she fell asleep and he had sex with her while she was out. Then to make matters worse …moreGigi thought she was being raped because that is what happened, she fell asleep and he had sex with her while she was out. Then to make matters worse he tries to do it again at the very end of the book before finally realizing that he is a rapist and sits to wait to get what he deserves.(less)

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I bought this a while ago and never read it and one of my projects is to go through all my YA and get rid of the ones that aren't worth keeping. It's interesting to me that so many of the reviews for this book claim that this is taking an apologist stance on rape because I really didn't get that read anymore than Nabokov's LOLITA is advocating for pedophilia. Both books have unreliable narrators who truly believe that they have done no w
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Steelwhisper


****lots of spoilers in this review!***



This book is what happens between well-meant and extremely badly executed.



I guess the original intent of this dreck was to write a book about rape from the (unreliably narrating) mind of the rapist. Unfortunately what it comes across as and ends up being is a rape apology.



I want to shower just now, and I don't think even major scrubbing under scalding water would be sufficient to rid me of the bad aftertaste of this.



This was touted as being a companion book
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Tatiana
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of books with unreliable narrators
I've seen this book recommended as a companion novel to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and really, the main character of Inexcusable, Keir, could have easily been IT.

The novel starts with Keir's friend, Gigi, screaming at him, accusing him of rape.

I am so sorry.
"What are you sorry for, Keir?" Gigi screams again, grabbing me by where my lapels would be if I had a jacket on, or a shirt, or anything. She can't get a purchase because I have no clothes, and very little fat, because I have been good a
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Lacey Louwagie
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: only people smart enough to see through the protagonist
Shelves: youngadult
I've been wanting to read this book since before it was published. It's about a high school boy whose girlfriend accuses him of raping her. He doesn't think he's capable of rape and he doesn't think that what happened really was rape.

I was hoping that this book would explore the gray areas and the differences in perspective when it comes to a girl's experience of rape vs. a boy's perception of it. I was hoping it would enlighten readers -- male readers especially -- that just because it doesn't
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Ashley Marie
We read this as part of my Human Sexuality course in college. Everyone else seemed to get really into it, but I couldn't stand this. It came off as a huge rape apology and I won't stand for that. ...more
Emily May
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011

I'm finding it difficult to compile my thoughts on this one. On one hand, I found it to be a very interesting exploration of an unreliable and unconventional narrator, but on the other, I just felt like I needed something more in order for me to give a higher rating. Perhaps it was the shortness of the novel, I felt like there was so much that could have been developed and explored deeper, like the relationship between the protagonist and his father and sisters. But even just his own mind... we
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Adriana
After reading a lot of good reviews (from the likes of Hornbook, VOYA, Kirkus, and School Library Journal) I thought that this book was going to be amazing, but honestly I felt a little let down. It's true that hearing the "bad guys" point of view is refreshing, and the book is well-written, but half the time I just wanted Keir to realize already that he was making up excuses for himself and acting like a total jerk. Maybe that was the point, but I just didn't feel engaged. I think teen readers ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
I really disliked this book. There's no other way to put it. Protagonist Keir is a whiny, self-indulgent twit who spends 165 pages telling the reader what a good guy he is, while chronicling some pretty appalling behavior. He is either delusional or a sociopath. This is a character who never has any growth or any true self awareness. Nor does he seem to suffer any consequences for his actions. (What does it say when you are actively pulling for the protagonist's downfall?) There was nothing rede ...more
Drew
2 1/2 stars. Look, I liked the theme behind this book. Lynch delivered an important message that should be heard by many people, especially college-aged young men. But when the only strong thing was the idea the author was trying to convey, and the actual story - the plot and characters - were weak and uninteresting, how could I give it a higher rating?

You might already have an idea of what this book is about and if you've read the summary on Goodreads, it's easily guessable. Still, I'm going to
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Luke
May 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnotfinish
This was not exactly a good book...I tried to read it for quite awhile (thirty pages or so...way more than I should have given it) The main character, Keir, is having a fight with his girlfriend because he supposedly did something wrong and he doesn't remember. The book rambles on for about two hundred pages (or so I have been led to believe from the first thirty) and then gives a horrible ending. (I was too curious) I would never recommend this! ...more
Sarah
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew Hicks
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I was introduced to author Chris Lynch when I spotted his 2014 book Little Blue Lies on the library shelf. I'm a dork - it was January 2014, and the sticker on the spine said "New - Jan 2014." I turned to the copyright page, and it said "Copyright 2014." So I was like, Cool, it's barely 2014, and this can be my first 2014 book. So there was that, but Little Blue Lies was a paper-thin waste of (mercifully, not very much) time.

Anyway, I was introduced to Lynch's Inexcusable on the back cover of Ly
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Shelby
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. The story was a very scary one, but I loved the book. It had a very unique way of telling the story. It was sort of flashback theme that eventually led up to present time. This made it hard to understand at first but once you got it everything just seemed to click. Books that do this are my favorite. I thought it was given in a very risky perspective but that’s what made the book what it was. It wouldn’t have been the same if we would have known that Keir had been lying ...more
Patrick
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelist-reviews
One of the most controversial and debated novels of 2005, this National Book Award finalist shows the awful results of passion that burns out of control. The narrator, Keir Sarafian, is a self-proclaimed "good guy" who describes his good life, loving family, and athletic success. But the reader slowly comes to realize that what Keir says and what the truth is are not always the same. The good guy persona melts away as Kier describes events that happen around him or to him, but they're never real ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Who are we? Are we how we see ourselves? How others see us? What if we think we're good people, and it turns out we've been lying to ourselves?

Kier couldn't have raped Gigi. He's a good guy and good guys aren't rapists.

INEXCUSABLE is a marvelous concept for a novel, with a terrible execution.
Chris Lynch could have written a much more memorable, important book. He started off with an unreliable narrator, not because Kier is a liar, which he is, but because Kier lacks almost all insight into his b
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Jahaira Romero
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
the book is about this guy named keir sarafian and he is a senior at high school. he is in love with a girl named Gigi but Gigi has a boyfriend. but keir and gigi are really good friends. so at the day of the graduation i believe keir goes to see his sister to college but gigi goes with him and since there was nobody and it was late they spent the night there. but supposevely keir raped gigi. it doesnt really has a lot of details in what really happened,so keir does not remember doing such a thi ...more
Carly Roth
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: own
You want to know what’s inexcusable? How badly written this book is... I mean seriously! I get that it’s trying to be in the mind of a teenage boy, but that was in the mind of a 7th grade boy. I wasn’t even interested in what this book had to say... What I say tho is oof.
Cindy
May 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I understand the message and what it’s all suppose to mean and stand for but I feel like it could have been executed better. It’s just all didn’t sit well with me. I was just annoyed with Keir since the very beginning and maybe that played into how I felt about the book overall but I just wasn’t really feeling this read
emma
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: required-reading, ew, ya, 2020
[requires class reading] I wrote a 700 word discussion post on how problematic this book is. Please read more women.
Leah
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
True rating: 3.5

This book is definitely more of a novella? short story? instead of a book. The entire thing is 164 pages and a lot of it is shorter pages. I probably would have finished the whole thing in one sitting if I hadn't been at work when I started (that pesky job just gets in the way of my reading time!).

From the first page, you are thrown into a present day situation where Kier and Gigi are alone in some type of room, and Gigi is accusing Kier of raping her. Kier is pleading with her t
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Karleah Olson
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5* I'm not really sure about this one. It's definitely dated, it reads like a 90s/early 2000s contemporary YA when it was very much a genre solely written for teens. Maybe it's just a style I remember reading at that age.
I really liked the idea of this book. I thought it might be similar to Kate Mccaffrey's 'Saving Jazz', which had a similar style of piecing together an event from the perpetrator's perspective, ending with realization of the act and self awareness of their actions. The proble
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Angela
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Inexcusable is a the store of Keir recounting the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Did he or did he not rape Gigi?!

This book had me confused on so many levels. I didn't know how to feel. One moment I as so convinced that he didn't do it, then the next I was determined to uncover that he did do it. This isn't a fasted paced loved story, it's more of a who'd-done it. If that makes sense. This review wont be long and it wont be detailed because I feel like
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Meliss
This is a hard book to review.

I liked what it was about: the unreliable narrator, who doesn't--at first--comprehend what he's done because he doesn't think he is a man capable of sexually assaulting someone. But I needed more. It was smart and heartbreaking, but it was missing something to truly move me or make me feel something extraordinary. I didn't have that feeling, ya know? That feeling you get when you finish a great book--great for sad reasons or great for happy reasons. This book lacke
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Thomas
Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Inexcusable is about a senior in high school named Keir Sarafian who struggles to accept something he has done to his best friend/crush Gigi Boudakian. It switches from the events that occurred in the previous 24 hours to the aftermath of his impulsive actions.

Inexcusable has a very unique aura that surrounds it. Several components of the book left me disappointed, but the overall appeal of the book remains intact. For example, none of the characters showed drastic development, which disappointe
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Theresa
Oct 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 722
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Kathleen
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Many years ago, I read an op-ed piece in the Times where a man said he was a rapist, but it took him a long time to realize it. He described what he remembered as a pick-up at a bar, his description making it clear that his partner had been unwilling, but as a young man, he had seen her as just needing convincing.

Sadly, I think a lot of men still buy into the old "she says no, but she means yes" way of thinking. Inexcusable looks at a young boy, Keir, who examines his own behavior in a number of
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Camille 🦕
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Jessica
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I had no idea how much I hated Keir until the end. He is a spoiled, idiotic, brat who gets drunk all the time, rapes people (and throughout the book basically incriminates himself), destroys public property, uses drugs and does everything else that is loathsome. Any of you who are looking for a good book, this is NOT it! I recommend this book to absolutely no one. Man I HATE Keir!
Suzette Kunz
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a novel told in flashback as a young man justifying himself to a girl he has just raped. The gist of it is, I couldn't have done this, because I'm a good guy. It's a disturbing book, but also helpful for the insights into the psyche of someone who commits a violent crime. I'm glad I read it, but also glad it was short, because it wasn't an easy read. ...more
BookNightOwl
Was a little confused on how this book was written out. It starts out with the main character getting blamed for raping Gigi. Then the book goes back and forth on the before and after of the event. I found this story to be okay but I wanted more from the after and it was such a short book there could have been more. I know there is a part two. I don’t think I will be reading it.
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more

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