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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  2,938 ratings  ·  669 reviews
This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.

You’re just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?

There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if yo
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperTeen
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Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Goodreads Giveaway
Shelves: 2010, ya
What a lucky Goodreads Giveaway win! I would have never picked up this book on my own and it ended up exceeding all my expectations.

The novel is addictive from the very first lines:

You are surprised at all the blood.

He looks over at you, eyes wide, mouth dropping open, his face almost as white as his shirt.

He's surprised, too.

There is not a lot of broken glass, though, just some tiny slivers around his feet and one big piece busted into sharp peaks like a spiking line graphs, the blood washing
Jennifer Wardrip
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Kyle is a hoodie. One of those kids that sits in the back of the class, tries not to be noticed, doesn't do his homework (only because he doesn't see the point), and dresses in the same "uniform" every day - black jeans, black shirt, black hoodie.

You can find hoodies in every school, even though they might be called something else - slackers, freaks, stoners. Whenever you see them walking down the hall or through the mall, you don't know exactly wh
Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
1.5* read this a few years back and hated it
Eva Marie
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Eva Marie by: ARC tours
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
Am I missing something? Can someone please tell me what it is? Why is the front cover of this ARC covered with wonderful blurbs? Why is the back cover the same? Why are there three and a half pages inside (three of them filled to the brim) with wonderful blurbs? Someone tell me because I'm not seeing it.
I rated this two stars because I did finish it although that's not a huge feat considering I did this in one evening only picking up the book three times. If I started listing all the other thin
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Casual teenagers story mixed with some «thriller» elements. The casual life part was good enough, the characters and the school life settings were believable and well done in my opinion. Unfortunately the thrilling part fell a bit short. It felts force by time, the conclusion of it all wasn't satisfying, and the big «drama» the beginning promise just didn't deliver. An okay read but just nothing extraordinary, it should have stay simple and focus more on the teens life and it probably would have ...more
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
You open a book and it hits you in the face with broken glass, blood, and screaming. You haven’t met anyone yet and so don’t know who the other players are. You’re confused. You’re anxious. You might even be angry. You decide to just go with it.

You are Kyle, a high school sophomore and hapless and angry loner. He made some bad decisions and is now resigned to a path in life that he can’t find a way off of. His father is a disembodied voice shouting at the TV, his mother is the Muppet Babies Nann
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Benoit

Kyle Chase is a loser…in his own mind. He has dropped out…he has made poor choices, he doesn’t care, he doesn’t like the way his parents treat him, he doesn’t respect his teachers, he doesn’t really even like his friends. He knows if he had made other choices he would be in a different school doing very different things. And yet he is not. And there is nothing he can do about it. He has everyone figured out. He has life figured out and he is not able to change anything. He doe
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Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
When I first started reading this book I really liked it.
Since Charles Benoit wrote YOU in 2nd person, it was like nothing I've read before,
I absolutely loved it.
I would love to find more books that are written like this.
It started out great, and I started getting so excited because I thought I found an amazing book.
I read a lot of reviews with people saying that it was stunning.
But about half way through the book I starting thinking,
"Alright, so where exactly is this story going?"
I felt like th
J. Greene
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
You? No, more like, why me? This is what I get for getting caught up in a synopsis that made the book sound so intriguing I couldn't pass it up! Well to sum the story up, the book is told from a second person point of view which does indeed make it unique but in essence it was an unique way to tell a less than lackluster story. It continued to go round and round and led to nothing. I was more disappointed at the end than I was by the story itself. The main character, Kyle, he's going through som ...more
Vicki Willis
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2020, audiosync
I received this one from audio sync so the target audience was teenagers. The main character was a 15 year old boy who was trying to find his place while starting high school. It was believable and interesting, especially being 2nd person narrative. The ending came abruptly and was a bit shocking. The book was short and I do think teenagers would find this more interesting.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
YOU is infuriating. (Please forgive me for the horrible grammar this title causes).

It’s is criminally hard to put down. There are no chapters. Only direct, shattering, prose, fast-paced and swift to read. I found myself telling myself to stop after five more pages, ten more pages, fifteen… Until I was halfway through in one sitting.

This is a novel that seems destined for discussion, not unlike a movie with one heck of a twist ending. In fact, I’m desperate to track down anyone who’s read it so I
Sarah (YA Love)
You worked for me as a young adult lit reader, but it worked for me even more as a teacher always on the look-out for great guy books. I’m going to be book-talking this book like crazy, but the cover alone will help draw in readers; it’s what grabbed my attention! The cover fits perfectly with the story and is incredibly intriguing. As soon as I started reading, Kyle reminded me of so many of my male students. It’s sad but true. It doesn’t take much for a student to end up like Kyle; a few missi ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix a kid with anger issues and another kid who is a sociopath? A very intriguing book with a surprising ending. This was a random pick from the library that turned out to be a very quick read that was twisty and dark. I need to pick up random books more often.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Kyle is a hoodie – one of those kids that sits in the back of the class, tries not to be noticed, doesn’t do his homework (only because he doesn’t see the point), and dresses in the same “uniform” every day – black jeans, black shirt, black hoodie. You can find hoodies in every school even though they might be called something else – slackers, freaks, stoners. Whenever you see them walking down the hall or through the mall you don’t know exactly what to expect – you just know it won’t be good.

Dec 26, 2016 added it
I'm not sure how to rate this book... I definitely expected more. Specially after that intro.

I don't know.

Will review later.
TW: Blood, (view spoiler) intensive bullying, recalcitrant behavior, body shaming, violence, discriminatory remarks, substance use, mention of drugs

I offer 4 mind-boggling stars to You, Mr. Benoit. 4 because (view spoiler)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
A short book that was meh. It follows high school outcast Kyle and his bad decisions. He doesn't seem to care about school, his grades, or his life really. The story is told backwards in second person, which are the only interesting things about this book. He meets Zach in the principal's office, and he ends up being this creepy weird sociopath who ruins people's lives. He was the other interesting thing about this book. There were no real characters and plot. It was just whatever. ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
To be honest, I didn’t know what I was really in store for when I signed up to read You. Insightful teen stories isn’t usually what I look for in a good book. The excerpt doesn’t really give you a good indication of what the story is about other than it being the Life and Times of Kyle Chase. And really, that’s about all the story is. You, while it doesn’t sound all that thrilling and let’s be honest, it really wasn’t that gripping of an account, did have its good moments. You isn’t something yo ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
You is a combination problem novel/murder novel about a young 15 year old teen named Kyle who feels disconnected from his school and family. He drifts through life and the only thing that he can get excited about is a girl named Ashley. He had friends, but his underachieving ways land him in another school, as they go on to the school for “smart kids.” His new friends are fellow underachievers, but he has only a thin connection to them. Then Zach arrives. Zach is a brilliant and sadistically man ...more
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
15 year old Kyle Chase belongs to the Hoodie Group because of his choice of attire. He goes to the loser school Midlands while his high-achieving friends attend Odyssey. Kyle refers to the scar on his hand several times but never really tells us what happened. He's failing most of his classes and only comes alive when he encounters Ashley, the girl of his dreams. However, he never dares to tell her his feelings until it is too late. Kyle is coasting through life - drinking, hanging out, entering ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I rate You 2/5 stars. When I picked up You I wasn't aware it would be in the most painful and clunky point of view. This point of view is rarely used for a reason. The whole goal of using this pov is to make you feel like its happening to you, but personally it ruins my suspension of disbelief and feels clunky and overdone a few pages in. Other than that this is a typical YA book trying way to hard to be edgy. Boring tropes and unrealistic cliches. The whole outsider trope is overdone and often ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
The first part of the book really hooks you. The first couple of lines talk about being surprised by all the blood, and how this isn't supposed to be happening. That sounds really intriguing right?! The story backs up and works it way back around to the first page again, so that you know what is happening and who is bleeding and why it's too late for anyone to help.
The main character is so passive and boring, I found him extremely unlikeable. The book is very short so I was able to finish it in
Adam Molloy
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
You by Charles Benoit is a 240-page realistic fiction book about a teenager named Kyle that made some bad decisions in middle school. He is now part of the 'Hoodies', a social drop-out group, and his life isn't very interesting until he meets Zack, a private-school transfer. Zack likes to mess with people's lives, and he takes special interest in Kyle. Zack pushes him to the point where he does something really stupid which was to break into the trophy case to get his crush's underwear.

May 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Written in second person, this reads with an intensity that works well with the subject. Kyle is on a collision course. He is shut down, self absorbed and self incriminating. Some high school age readers will find pieces of Kyle's life to identify with- the isolation, manipulation, emotional reticence, slacker non-friends mixing a cocktail of despair. He is angry and depressed when he finds himself in the sights of pathologically cruel Zach. Zach amuses himself by manipulating people. His motive ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Kyle Chase is the average fifteen-year-old sophomore - he hangs with the outcasts, never does his homework, and is a disappointment to his family. However, his life becomes much more than that when Zach, a new kid expelled from his previous private school, comes to Midlands. You become Kyle and experience what he goes through, and you will never be the same.

Uniquely written and creepily exciting, You is a great book for reluctant male readers or any person that enjoys a fast-paced story. The sec
Marije Van
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Um... I thought it was going to get all exciting in the end... But as it turns out, it ends with the exact question the book started... So I'm like "ok... I'm still confused..." So, this been said, I wouldn't really recommend this book, just because the ending is awful... You read a book thinking everything's going to get resolved in the end... But as it turns out, absolutely nothing gets resolved... Except for the fact you know where all the blood came from... Heh... ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m giving this three stars because even though I just finished it yesterday, it was infinitely forgettable and I remember almost nothing about it. I feel that there was so much more that could’ve been explained so much more that could’ve gone in depth. Why did people do the things they do? Does the main character actually die? It isn’t left intentionally open I don’t think, but it’s left open in a way that’s just frustrating and it doesn’t tie up the book.
Mike Mullin
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Benoit slices high school open and lays its steaming, stinking entrails on a stainless steel table, ready for the reader's autopsy.

Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The drama novel “You” by Charles Benoit follows 15 year old Kyle Chase through a dramatic few months of tenth grade. After being forced to go to a different high school than his friends due to poor grades, Kyle begins to hang out with a sketchy cast of characters. He and his friends enjoy drinking beer, smoking, vandalising, and a long list of activities that run afoul of the law. Throughout the book, he tries to impress Ashley Bianchi, a girl he’s liked for a while. He also meets a new schoolma ...more
Matthew Taylor
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jones-2017
I think that "YOU" was a good book because there is this kid in high school but it is not the one he wants to go to. He wanted to be put in a school with his friends but he got put somewhere else. His mom was getting tired of him being lazy and laying around so she wanted him to get a job. So what she did was tell him to dress nice and finally when he got in the car she told him where they were going. When they got their after the interview he went back home and a couple of days later he was tol ...more
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When he's not traveling around the globe in the search of exotic, tax-deductible settings for his mysteries, Charles Benoit spends his days pumping out subliminal-laced advertising.
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