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Blank Confession

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,605 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
Shayne Blank is the new kid in town--but that doesn't stop him from getting into a lot of trouble very quickly. The other kids don't understand him. He's not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. And his background doesn't add up. But when he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. There's more to ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
"You know how sometimes you meet somebody, and afterwards you just can't go back to being what you were?"
"Because it's like they're watching you," I said.
"Exactly. Or because whatever you do, you're thinking, If so-and-so could see me now, what would he think?"

It's not every day that a high school boy walks into a police station and confesses to murder. Even though his wife will be mad that he missed dinner, the detective in charge decides he'd better stay and take the kid's statement. Some 140+
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage girls, anyone who loves a good mystery
Finished in 5 hours. Bypassed homework for this book. It was that amazing.

I fell in love with the main character Shayne Blank on practically the 3rd page of his appearance. That's sorta his character's purpose I think. To make readers captivated by him so his actions later on are all the more justified and even later actions mysteriously intriguing.
His sarcasm, nonchalant, ninja ways are oh so very alluring. Especially since I'm a teenage girl haha. Everything about him makes him seem so attract
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman is a solid story told by a skilled storyteller. That might sound like a weak or oversimplified compliment, but let me explain my deep admiration for storytellers.

Have you ever been in the presence of a gifted orator or storyteller? Someone with a pitch perfect tone, attitude, build up, posture, and language coupled with the right amount of sighs, smiles, eye contact, and hand gestures to pull you right into the story. To really make you a part of the tale or worl
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Why I Read this Book: I didn’t know about Blank Confession until I saw it at the library one day. I was pursuing the new stock in the Teen section when I stumbled across this book. The first thing that caught my attention was the title. Well, that and the length of this book – it’s short. So I picked it up off the shelf and read the blurb. I thought to myself that’s an interesting premise. Then I noticed who the author is – it’s the same guy who wrote How to Steal A Car. I thought that book was ...more
Mike Mullin
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had no intention of reading this today. But I picked it up at the library, and started it while I was waiting for my wife to get her books. When we got home, I laid down in bed, thinking I'd read a bit and then take a well-earned nap. That plan was scotched by distilled adrenaline rush that is Blank Confession

The protagonist, Shayne, is the answer to this question: What if Jack Reacher were a high school kid? Yes, he's that awesome.

I need to create a bookshelf of Best YA Thrillers--Blank Confe
Kiley Stevenson
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed this book. This is the second book I have read that was written by Pete Hautman and I really enjoy his work.

Plot Summary:
The book starts out by introducing you to the main character Mikey. He is a short, scrawny kid with an abusive dad. That say there was a new kid at the school. He dressed in all black and rode a motorcycle, his name was Shayne Blank. He asked Mikey where the school parking lot was and after he showed him they went to first hour together. Aft
Duffy Pratt
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, western
I felt sort of like an idiot when it hit me that this book actually is the high-school retelling of Shane, the western by George Stevens. I mean Shayne Blank is the name of the mysterious stranger who rides into school on his BMW motorcycle. He's not particularly special in any way, but has a distinct air of danger about him. He gets mixed up with some really bad characters while trying to help some kid who is out of his depth, and he becomes tangentially involved with everyone in the kid's fami ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
** spoiler alert ** This book was so awesome.I thought it was going to be an ok book but I loved it.Especally the ending which was very surprising.It's a story about how a new boy in town confesses to a murdre and it is told from the point of view of his friend mikey and the interview room Shayne(the new kid)he is telling it from.The book leaves you in suspense about whow Shayne killed.I loved this book because of the awesome unexpected ending,humor,and the point of views they were telling it fr ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Gunnar V.D
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman is a story about a kid who gets himself into some trouble that involves one of the school's drug dealers and he has to find a way out, luckily for him there's a new kid in town. I would rate this book with a 4 out of 5 stars, my reason why is because some of the instances that appear in the book may happen in real life, it also helps people get over some tough choices and teaches you how to overcome your fears.I feel that everyone should read this book because th ...more
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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at
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