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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 ratings  ·  590 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

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Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperCollins
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Tatiana
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Eva Leger
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva 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
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K
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patty
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You
By
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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Reading Teen
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
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Linna
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jazmen
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
BookishStitcher
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Karin
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

YO
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Jill
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.
Kyleigh
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
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
P.M.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Kattie
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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Adam Molloy
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.

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Claire
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
Thomas
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
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Marije Van
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...
Iving
I'm not sure how to rate this book... I definitely expected more. Specially after that intro.


I don't know.

Will review later.
Mike Mullin
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benoit slices high school open and lays its steaming, stinking entrails on a stainless steel table, ready for the reader's autopsy.

Ssmith96
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Brianna Muniz
“You” by Charles Benoit is a book about a sophomore boy named Kyle Chase. Kyle goes to Midlands High School. Kyle is a student who doesn’t really care much of anything. He has a big crush on a sophomore girl named Ashley but he never gets the courage to tell her how he feels or ask her out. Kyle is accused to stealing a senior boy’s wallet because he found it & a new kid to Midlands named Zack takes up for him from the jock named Jake. Kyle & Zack become “friends” but, Zack seems to alw ...more
Esha
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 or 4 not really set on a specific rating. Easy read, kept me interested and curious, but needed something more.
Charlie Choi
You by Charles Benoit is a story about a fifteen year old boy named Kyle and the choices he makes that lead to destruction. Kyle was just supposed to have a normal high school life. He was until another boy called Zack who manipulates people comes to the school. Kyle, not knowing the true personality of Zack, continues school alongside Zack. However, truth usually unveils at the end and this story is no different. I would recommend this novel to the teens that don't know what to do in their live ...more
Carla
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erm, holy WOAH to the power of infinity. I can't quite tell you just how wonderfully weird this book is. It creeps up on you and pulls you in so subtly you don't quite know how involved you are in the story until you turn the last page. Then it kind of hits you full force and all I can say about that is WOAH. This is one of those books that surprised me and let me tell you, i'm not easily surprised. It's scarily how painfully honest the story is, and maybe thats due in part to the second person ...more
Kari
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Short Version:
Entrancing and guttingly real, You combines a unique writing style, a relatable mess of a main character, and a shocking string of events for one powerful punch. Written as if both speaking to the reader and writing as if the reader were actually Kyle, the title denotes the narrative while the book still centers around Kyle. With a steady building of events and a jaw dropping conclusion, You will leave the reader reeling and dumbfounded in all the best ways.

The Extended Version
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Sam
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“The teachers complain that the students today are all lazy, ignorant, and stupid. But the truth is that you're smarter than they are. You're not even old enough to drive and you already know that none of this matters.” 36 likes
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