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You & You & You

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  491 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Anon is so lost in his dual fantasies of befriending Sara, the owner of the library card he's found, and of his absentee father's god-like qualities that he doesn't mind that everyone at school is making fun of him. Seventeen-year-old Zarah has her mind on the alarming behavior of her jealous boyfriend as well as her relationship with a woman at work, which ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Front Street, Incorporated (first published 1998)
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Svenskalärare som vill att deras elever ska hata dem
Tre outhärdliga karaktärer skrivna med ett språk som är värre att läsa än transkriberat talspråk (Det heter sig, inte sej). Den första karaktären (Zarah) gör gång på gång hemska livsval, den andra karaktären (Anon) gör inga val alls och att läsa om honom är som att försöka konversera med en sköldpadda. Den sista karaktären (Nils) förföljer en minderårig tjej och spionerar på henne utanför hennes lägenhet. Behöver jag säga något mer?

Att läsa denna bok var som att gå igenom ett träsk barfota för a
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
New job at a school library means that I'm trying to get hip to YA material. I lucked out with this one, checked it out on a whim from BPL. Translated from the Swedish, it's sweet and charming and sharp, and if this is the kind of thing teenagers are reading... well, maybe they'll be okay after all.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love this author's writing style (and/or the translator's style - so hard to tell), and it was interesting how easy it was to relate to a much younger character. The three-way first person narration was well-done.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it

Often times , many people go through terrible things in life such as abuse , bullying , and death and they tend to keep it inside themselves because they feel that if they speak up the problem will get more worse . But once meeting someone that can brighten up your life it can change your life forever . Zarah , Nills , and Anon the protagonists in the book all go through conflicts . Zarah’s boyfriend abuses her , Anon goes through bullying with people in his school , he lives in his world . Nil
Danielle Cha
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read the book You & You & you by Per Nillson. The book is set is sweden, and it follows the story of three different people. Anon, a ten year old boy, doesnt seem to fit in with his peers and spends most of his time daydreaming about a girl named Zarah who he has never actually met. Zarah is a 19 year old girl who finds herself stuck in a relationship verging on the edge of abusive. But she becomes close to a female coworker, and realizes she might be wrong about what she really wants. ...more
Zayd  Nubani
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Personally I thought this was interesting, there were a lot of different side stories but all involving the characters. There were a few hardships, but lots of happy ups to the book as well. The book revolved around three characters destined to meet; Nils who was around 18-20 years of age who is fascinated by death, Zarah who is 17 years old and has no real family background and is dating a criminal, and Anon who is socially awkward and is always lost in thought. It all begins with Anon who find ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is in the perspective of three different characters, Anon, Nils, and Zarah. They talk about their lives and how it falls apart. Towards the end they all three meet up together not knowing each other and they change each others lives. One literary element that is present in the book is imagery. The author does an excellent job on describing the actions that occur. It helped me as a reader to imagine what was happening. I wouldn't recommend this book because it is in the third-person omn ...more
Sunny M
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fell In love Accidentally....

A few years a ago I got a gift card for Barns and Noble and I was at the register when I realized I could get one more book ams not wanting to keep everyone waiting in line I was just gonna come back but this book caught me from the corner of eyes and omg ive never been so glad in my whole life

I've spent literally 2yrs trying to find out the name of the author since I remembered it outta nowhere. This book so refreshing and is written in such a different way its a bo
Lazen mijn leerlingen maar dit soort bijna-grote-mensenliteratuur (i.p.v. die eindeloze loser ...).
Prachtig boek waarin een geraffineerd spel wordt gespeeld met de vorm van het boek en grote christelijke thema's.
Nils brengt drie (delen) van nachtem door in (of bij) het graf. En Magdalena smeert de voeten van de jongen die denkt dat zijn vader god is in met bodylotion.

Absurd (maar daar hou ik van), prachtig geschreven en mooie literaire thema's.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I would say between 2 and 3 stars. It was better than "ok", but, in some weird way, I don't think it deserves 3. Anyways, I read it in the original language: Swedish (for school). And it was a little bit special. One of the few things that I actually liked alot was how the three main characters were bound to each other.
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On Rabén & Sjögren's homepage, Nilsson writes this about himself:
"I think I became a writer because I am a dad. I started writing to my own kids to tell them about myself as a young boy, and told them, amongst other things, about a 11 or 12 year old who wandered around in Malmö, head filled with daydreams and fantas
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