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You Killed Wesley Payne

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  945 ratings  ·  205 reviews
He's come to do a job.
A job that involves a body.
A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne
is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Nov 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
You Killed Wesley Payne was just too much for me. While in the midst of being surrounded by Beaudoin’s originality and creativity I was lost more than once, and bored a good third of the book. After finishing the book I was a little ticked off. There’s a thin line between a great plot twist and some random bloshite* and Beaudoin tip toes his way back and forth on that line.

You Killed Wesley offers readers some extras: a clique chart and index, a glossary because readers will really need this, an
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Before you even begin the thought of reading this book, check your normal meter at the door and rev your suspension of disbelief as far up as it can go. If you go into this one thinking a semi-normal who-dunnit story is going to ensue, you're grossly mistaken. This is Sean Beaudoin remember. He eats mind fucks for breakfast. Hello? Fade to Blue anyone?

Once you get over that, expect nothing and anticipate everything, you'll begin to settle into the story nicely. Of course, you need to get over th
Misha  Mathew
I was all prepared to love the book, the moment I read it's a mystery. The book turned out to be not what I expected. I have mixed feelings about You Killed Wesley Payne. I don't think I am the right person to fully appreciate this book.

I will start with the positive aspects.
I did like You Killed Wesley Payne. I am very impressed by the originality of the book. It is definitely very witty and clever. Moreover, there are some great plot twists that kept me guessing. There were some funny dialogu
260111: liked the idea more than execution. Longer, involved, extended plot and portrayal of cliques in high school society. Maybe hardboiled voice of narration sometimes too jokey. Not from criminal pov but from detective, though more cliche being beat up, femme fatales, violence, quips, interludes of detective handbook but little detection. Would probably have liked it more if I had not seen the movie ‘Brick’, superior in many ways, also set in hs.
Sam Smith

You Killed Wesley Payne
In the book titled “You killed Wesley Payne” by Sean Beaudoin, the main characters name is Dalton. He is in a school where shootings happen daily and crime is a natural thing. But he is the equivalent of a bounty hunter; he only works cases for money. He tries to find out who murdered who. He is a kid detective. He never gives up and isn’t afraid of threats. However he does have one thing that can compromise him; he is the equivalent of a dirty cop. In the world he lives
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
It took me a couple of pages to understand what was going on in the bizarre and dark world that Beaudoin created: Salt River. You're immediately thrown into a strange and corrupted Salt River High, where the students must learn to survive all while making a profit. Money is the only thing that really matters, the guy with the hockey mask on top of the roof shoots at the students to keep the order, and cliques are everything (even the faculty is a clique: the Fack Cult.)

The story follows Dalton
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed You Killed Wesley Payne. It’s a smart, fast-paced mystery that makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of all the action. The stylistic language is difficult to get into at first (I’d recommend perusing the glossary or the clique information in the front of the book), but once you immerse yourself, it becomes second nature, and furthermore it enhances the feel of the book.

Dalton, the protagonist, comes off as slick and suave, but deep down he’s easy to connect to.
Mia Boloz
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thought that this book was pretty good. It had an interesting plot and good character development. I liked the twists and turns the author threw at the reader. However, this book had too many twists and turns. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, the author would throw me completely off with a new discovery in the case. It was very confusing to follow and had an almost disappointing ending because of how convoluted the plot was and then it was just explained very hastily at the end. ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/Comedy Fanatics.
You Killed Wesley Payne An interesting, funny and somewhat parodish book about pulp mysteries, and honestly I found it pretty interesting. I'm planning on rereading YKWP again to understand a few misconceptions, but overall this is an entertaining book!

I'm not too quick to read mystery (pulp, excessive) books, but maybe it's the cover that gotten me interested.

The premise of the story is ideal: 17 year old Dalton Rev is an amateur wannabe-detective who solves crimes/mysteries on his detective
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
It is honest to say that I have never read a book like You Killed Wesley Payne because it is the first pulp noir mystery I have ever read. A part of me was afraid that I wouldn't like it because it was all unfamiliar territory for me – luckily, I ended up liking the novel a lot.

It all begins with Wesley Payne's murder. Dalton Rev, a seventeen-year-old Dick (private detective – and perhaps, sometimes, but just sometimes when he is too professional around a girl, a bit of a dick, too), transfers t
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It has been many years since I visited the waters of Young Adult fiction. On the recommendation of a friend, I dipped my toe back in with Sean Beaudoin's "You Killed Wesley Payne," and Good Lord, am I glad I did.

YKWP walks the fine line of being smart without a tedious disaffected and jaded overtone. It is funny in a realistic and intelligent way, and the plot moves both quickly and unpredictably, which makes it a bullet train of a read. The characters fall into over-the-top exaggerations of hig
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amanda by: Star Book Tours
Shelves: dnf, arc, 2010, ya-fiction
Dalton Rev has just transferred to Salt River High. It's not exactly an ordinary school, with the cliques ruling like mobs and snipers keeping everyone in line, so it's a good thing that Dalton is no ordinary guy. He's here on business - the private dick business, to be exact. He has been hired to come look into the supposed suicide of one Wesley Payne. With the odds stacked against him, Dalton has a limited time frame to find the killer - unless the killer gets to him first.

You Killed Wesley Pa
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel transports the reader into the life of 17-year old Dalton Rev. He has to survive all the usual high school stuff: bullies, teachers, grades, parents, relationships, etc.. The only difference, he’s a Private Investigator traveling to high schools in the area solving crimes in order to raise money to support his family and buy body armor for his brother’s unit in Iraq. A little more pressure than your usual teen has. The novel is written in the film noir style. There’s even an index in ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
In a young adult market drenched with pandering regurgitations, Sean Beaudoin's pulp noir satire stands out like Ken Jennings on Jersey Shore. Everyone at Salt River High is on the take, from the lowliest crowdaround to the Fac Cult T. Into this quagmire of cliques and sub-cliques each with a different scam, enters our unlikely hero, and teen private eye Dalton Rev. To solve the murder about which no one is talking, Dalton must risk life and limb and maintain a steady banter of witty dialogue in ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hilarious send-up of hardboiled noir detective fiction, high school, and human nature. Dalton Rev led me into a world so over-the-top twisted, so money-grubbing, so soulless and painfully corrupt, that it veered around the bend to being uncomfortably believable in its way. With bonus song lyrics, fiction attempts, t-shirt slogans, and off-brand candy!
I want to hire Pinker Casket to play at my next baby naming or backyard barbecue.
Don't be a fish stick like me and save the up-to-date slang gloss
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable and quickly-paced YA noir that's as hardboiled as an overcooked egg. Though remiscent in certain ways to the film Brick and the television series Veronica Mars, this book stakes out territory all of it's own: a high school that's closer to the rough, brutal mining camp of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest than anything else. Imagine high school cliques as crime sindicates. The dialog is suitably clever, the villains brutally evil, and femmes as duly fatale as one would expect ...more
Gave it 200 pages, which is more than half before deciding that the style killed the story too much. I got the biting social commentary and the whole noir/hard boiled aspects of it, but in doing it so heavily, there is no story. It's buried. There were too many characters and none mattered. The book tried too hard.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one.
Um. That was interesting, I suppose...
This book threw me off. It felt like a parody, it was that ridiculous.

The ending was out of nowhere and Dalton honestly gets nothing.
The lingo was too much to keep track of and what was with using 'Bob' as a word to swear by?!?!?!

Would not recommend.
Amanda Lee
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Like a lot of other readers of this book, much of the comedic elements and references were so obscure that the cumbersome glossary was necessary to understand the plot of the novel. I felt that the mystery was well thought out and exciting yet I struggled to get past the jargon and references that I didn't understand. I guess the teenage "slang" was meant to be part of the charm of the book but for me, it interfered with the plot and made it more difficult to understand.
However, this was defini
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was...unusual, to say the least. If you're expecting a simple, easy-to-follow detective story, then I would turn away right now. You killed Wesley Payne is a great story, but the style of language used - some call it neo-noir - makes the plot somewhat hard to follow. You kind of have to leave your expectations at the door when reading this book; it becomes clear that the rampant corruption and racketeering of the cliques at the school is meant to be overexaggerated and definitely not r ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this was a very interesting book. I definitely saw where the author was coming from in terms of style. It was like a black and white private detective movie mixed with modern day high school. It seemed strange at first, but that's the only way things really make sense, all the clichés and the suspense and the double- or triple- or double-triple-crossings. You never really know what's going on until the very end, and even then there are still some surprises.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who listen only to obscure math rock on Bandcamp
This book is the boys’ version of novels about British girls with their own languages, and it was a ride. I honestly don’t know what I thought. I don’t even know if I liked it. This book was an experience indeed. The cover, the synopsis, and the actual story were all telling me different things. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to say that I liked it. It was certainly original.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book, centered around a mystery with a few interesting twists. Enjoys using invented slang and reminding you to use the glossary to translate, but not really funny enough to be worth bothering with that.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fun YA mystery. All the cliques and slang made this book this fascinating microcosm of teens. Twists and turns at the end!
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: snarky-mystery
This was a fun, snarky, youth-noir detective story.
Gage Bishop
this book was a really good mystery book i really liked it you should read it if you like mystery
Chase Schmitt
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
“What kind of loser wears a tie with steel toe boots” (1) that is a question that gets asked a lot when that very loser shows up at Salt River high. His name is Dalton rev (teen detective). In you killed Wesley Payne Dalton is faced with a challenging case of a murder that was just thought to be a suicide. But with one hundred thousand dollars gone missing Dalton realizes that it was just a distraction for the real trick. This investigation involves more than a body it involves The Body. Sean B ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Dalton Rev is a dick–a private investigator hired to figure out who killed Wesley Payne. This investigation is a bit more intense than the ones in his past. Usually he finds missing cats or items, this time he has to solve a murder. What's more is that he must do it with crooked cops, a faulty faculty and some kool kids who are way too into labeling themselves. The cliques also have fashioned a sort of gang war between The Balls and Pinker Casket (the top dogs). This may be Dalton's most dangero ...more
Andrew Joyce
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
“You Killed Wesley Payne” by Sean Beaudoin is a murder mystery novel, set in the Salt River High School. Wesley Payne was found hanging from the football goal post, wrapped in duct tape. Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High in order to solve the mystery.

Overall, I liked this book. It wasn’t horrible. Beaudoin wrote this book style as “noir,” which is entertaining, but not really expected for a mystery written in 2011. There was also a large list of cliques (which are very important to the sto
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
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He's come to do a job.
A job that involves a body.
A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna
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Sean Beaudoin is the author of five Young Adult novels, including the rude zombie love story The Infects, and the black comedy rock and roll love story Wise Young Fool. Sean likes love stories almost as much as he loves to talk about himself in the third person. Welcome Thieves is a short story collection that will be out March '16 with Algonquin Press.
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