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You Are Not Here

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,240 ratings  ·  184 reviews
A startling novel about love and grief from the author of the acclaimed memoir I Don't Want to Be Crazy.

Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was
secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Push
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“But when someone is dead, he’s dead. He’s not coming back. There is no second chance. Death is a period at the end of a sentence. Someone gone, but still out there, is an ellipsis…or a question to be answered.”

Drowning myself in a sea of my own tears. How could this break me so much?!

If I wanted to sum this book up in two words, it would be heart-achingly beautiful. Nothing about this book is happy until the last 30 pages. So if you read this book, be prepared to have a heavy heart. The fir
Paige  Bookdragon

I wouldn't give this book
a rating because this
just didn't
work out for

This type of writing
is making my eyes cross
and I
keep on being distracted
with all this mojo.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I love verse style writing, it conveys thoughts and feelings very well, imo, especially grief. But no matter how hard I tired, I couldn’t stir up any emotions for this one.

You Are Not Here tells the story of Annaleah, a teenage girl who has just lost her quasi-boyfriend, Brian. At the age of 17, his un-knowingly defected heart gave out on him. Now Annaleah is trapped in grief and has no one to share her pain with. No one who knew Brian even knows she exists.

While I was certainly touched by this
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Nic and Arlene; or anyone who enjoys verse novels.
First off, I'd just like to say that although I haven't read a lot of verse novels, I do enjoy them. And this one was no exception.

You Are Not Here begins with Annaleah going to visit her boyfriend, Brian, whom she's been seeing for the past few months. Except this time, she's going to visit his grave. Brian's passing has left a hole in Annaleah's heart, and she's not sure how to move on without him.

This novel alternates between the past and the present: It tells how Annaleah met Brian, and how
Cait S
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5. Wasn't thrilled with this one. The MC was pretty pathetic and whiney, even for a genre full of pathetic and whiney girls. I couldn't connect with her because I really just wanted to smack her and tell her to stop being such a jackass, honestly.
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz tells the story of Annaleah, who is experiencing deep grief after the sudden depth of the boy she liked. The boy she was having a secret relationship with. Brian is dead and Annaleah just wants to be dead with him.

Annaleah has been "dating" Brian, a boy from a town nearby. Unfortunately theirs was basically a hidden relationship so now, with Brian gone, she really has no one to experience the grieving process with. Her friends warned her about seeing him becau
Jennifer Rayment
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Good Stuff

* Absolutely wonderful, absorbing and real, you will not want to put it down
* Unusual, raw and poignant
* I'm at a loss on how to express how wonderful I though this book was. If you have ever lost someone you love, you will recognize all the thoughts and emotions that Annaleah goes through in her grieving process
* Must go find more of the author's books tomorrow - seriously impressed
* The last chapter is sad and beautiful and hopeful
* Some nice light humour
* Secondary charac
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"This is a different kind of good-bye."

Lovely, beautiful, perfect. This was absolutely perfect. I could not have found these words more truthful had I written them myself. After recently experiencing my own tragic loss, this book...these words...left me speechless. Annaleah said all the right things, felt all the right things and I've never been able to connect more with a character than I did with her. Whether you've experienced a loss or not, this is undeniably breathtaking. A very honest imag
Hani Tiara
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
A good book to relate to if you have experienced a death of a loved one.
Mikyla Reeck
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I enjoyed reading You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz, because it was about a girl who lost her boyfriend due to an unexpected death. Some people may be able to relate to losing someone close to them. I liked how throughout the book that she was able to overcome his death and move on. It may have taken her awhile, but she was able to. I also liked how she wanted a sign from him telling her to move on and that her sign was to start a job at a pizza place. Starting this new jo ...more
Richard Haynes
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, poetry
The entire book is a poem, sad and intense, as a girl who lost her first love exposes her grief in a tormented search for answers about life and death.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
This book was a great read. It was written in poem form, and I really enjoyed that. I read this book in just a matter of days, because I did not want to put it down. Any free time I had, I read it. I thought the main character deserved to be treated better by the guy she was with. I don't think she realized how bad she was treated until he died. In my opinion, the main character gave too much more effort than the guy did. This book seemed simple, but there was something very en
Kenzie Judd
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Personal Response:
I would give this book two stars, because it was not that good of a book. It was a very easy read, and easy to follow. There were not that many cliff hangers throughout the book and the author did not give that much info about anything.

In this book Annaleah is dealing with the loss of her boyfriend, Brian. Brian died from a heart condition no one knew about. Brians heart was larger than it should be and was pushing up against his lungs. Annaleah kept their relationship a
Princess Bookie
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: First off, I'll start explaining why I only gave this book 3 cupcakes. Generally 3 cupcakes does mean I liked it, I just didn't like it as much as I wanted too or love it. You Are Not Here is written in verse and it reminded me of Chasing Brooklyn a lot which I did enjoy. I usually do not like too many books written in verse so that may be why my rating is a little low. I also wasn't aware before reading it that it was written in verse. However, it is a fast read so I gave it a shot ...more
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You Are Not Here was a stunning novel filled with heartbreakingly beautiful passages and stunning writing. This book tugged at my heartstrings time and time again and I found myself lost in Annaleah’s world over the course of a few hours. Samantha Schutz has written a fantastic verse novel that I know I won’t soon forget.

Annaleah loved her boyfriend Brian and she felt they had something one-of-a-kind. Their relationship was kept a secret from their families and friends and Annaleah didn’t mind.
Actual rating: 1.5 stars

Apparently, you just need a guy to overcome your grief about another guy.

I hate this line of narrative. I hate that grief is probably the most complex emotion, and it simply fell flat here, because the auther focused heavily on Annaleah and Brian's relationship. It was supposed to be romantic, you guys.

Well, fuck that. No thank you. And the cheese in this book, man-oh-man.

Annaleah is a mess during more than 80% of the novel; depression isn't addressed, 'it's just grief'.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Verse novels aren’t my favorite. I want them to be. I really, really do. But for some reason I have never been able to get attached to a novel written in verse. Knowing this, when I saw the premise for YOU ARE NOT HERE, I knew immediately I wanted to read it, and I am so glad I did.

It was a novel written in verse, yet I still could not help myself from falling in love with it. I cannot see it successfully written any other way. The raw emotions conveyed through the lines gave me such an insight
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shutz's latest novel in verse is fiction about a Annaleah who has a secret relationship with jock, artist, basketball player Brian, who suddenly dies. Only 3 of Annaleah's friends knew and didn't necessarily approve of them being together. With Brian's death, AnnaLeah is plunged to the depths of despair and now we as the reader find out about Brian from Annaleah. Brian didn't always make time for Annaleah but it is her friend Marissa, who keeps calling her friend (will Annaleah return her calls? ...more
Liza Wiemer
You Are Not Here was recommended to me by Joli of Actin' Up with Books Blogspot. I've been reading a ton of verse YA novels lately and she thought I would appreciate this one. I definitely did! You Are Not Here is about a girl named Annaleah who hooks up with a boy named Brian. Only a couple of Annaleah's friends know about their relationship, and they don't exactly approve. Brian seems to be using Annaleah, contacting her at his convenience and not defining their relationship beyond hooking up ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
A breathtaking novel that will allow you to experience love and grief altogether.

I have only ever read a novel like You Are Not Here one other time. This is a novel yet in poetry form and I loved every second of it. I felt like I was Annaleah, living with the grief of losing a boyfriend right alongside her. I shed a few tears as parts were just heartbreaking and I laughed at others that were meant to be funny. This little novel is definitely one that I will be holding quite dear for the rest of
Ece Kilic
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was great. I would recommend this book if you like romance and drama because this book is little depressive. The main character, Annaleah, loses her boyfriend, Brian. She is sharing her emotional feelings. This novel reminds me of myself. When I lost my best friend I was also so sad and depressed. I couldn't stop thinking about him and I couldn't sleep. I really like how Annaleah, the main character and the narrator, uses imagery and figurative language. When I close my eyes I ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in verse about a teenage girl who has to cope and accept the sudden death of her boyfriend. What sets this story apart from other "coping with death" stories, is that the couple's relationship was a secret and therefore, she cannot mourn openly. Very well written. Very insightful of a teen's journey through the loss of a first love.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-11
The book was very, very deep. The author uses words to make you feel Annaleah's pain and sorrow. While reading this, I felt as though I was actually living in her world and experiencing everything she was. This book is very good and I highly recommend it. It is written in poem form, which makes it even better.
Erin Lee
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very real and honest look at the grieving process for a young adult. I found the unusual writing style fascinating.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: classroom
A straightforward, easy to understand YA read that would be good for my classroom. The narrator, Annaleah, was just frustrating enough to keep me interested.
Brooke Duppel
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz is about a girl named Annaleah and Brian. (Brian is her boyfriend). The book all started when Annaleah found out that her boyfriend Brian recently died at the age of 17. As most people would be she was very sad and depressed when she found out about the bad news or the death. Ever since Brian died Annaleah hasn't really been herself lately. She's been not worrying about other people as she used to and she hasn't been wanting to do the things that she ...more
Natalia C.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is an amazing book. It is about a girl trying to get over the lose of the love of her life. Throught the book Annaleah( the main charater) fells like her life is a leaving hel and never goning to change. Her journy through the griving process heart breck because I relate to her so much. I never thought that I could relate to a book charater like I relate to her. I one hunderd percent recomend this book people how like books that go from past to future, drama, a litlle romane, a lot of tears o ...more
Pretty different & special; I enjoyed zooming through this novel in verse.

You Are Not Here is the first book I've ever read that deals with figuring out where the grief of someone on the "outside" fits in.
Annaleah's grieving process is at times hard to read -she overly reaches and begs the Universe for signs that Brian is still listening & cares. I enjoyed seeing her grow and begin to heal on her own & with the support of her friends.

(**Some spoilers**)
I liked the tidbits from the Mourning boo
Avery Gorski
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an amazing story about love and lost. I loved the way it was written in almost poetic verses. I have lost someone I love and I believe this is an authentic representation of the experience.
Jessica J
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book it is a bit sad but has a great life lesson and the main character is amazing. I love her growth throughout the book
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I am a writer and children’s book editor living in Brooklyn, NY. My first book, I Don’t Want to Be Crazy, is a memoir about anxiety disorder written in verse. My second book, You Are Not Here, is a verse-novel about grief and loss. I am currently working on my third book for young adults.

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But my brain -
my brain is full.
It races with thoughts
of what could have been.”
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