Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Bookanistas: YOU by Charles Benoit

This week we've decided to recommend the much buzzed about  YOU by Charles Benoit.

Here's what the back cover has to say: 
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 you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time's running out. How did this happen?

YOU is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn't make that lead to his own destruction.

In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering.

LiLa's Take: 
Read this book. 

I actually feel like I should just end my review there, but of course I'm way too opinionated to pull that off. This book is completely different than anything I've ever read before. Written in 2nd person POV it really forces the reader to see the world from Kyle's perspective. When Kyle makes a bad decision, the reader feels like they've made a bad decision. When Kyle flirts with redemption, the reader is on the edge of their seats, hoping that he might finally be able to turn his life around. 

This is one of those books where a lot of seemingly insignificant decisions have serious repercussions and it will definitely give both teen and adult readers a lot to think about long after they've put the book down. YOU is scheduled to release on August 24th. Do yourself a favor and pre-order a copy today. Just add it onto your Mockingjay order. You know you want the free shipping.

Here's what the other Bookanistas are up to this week:

18 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

Hmm sounds pretty darn good. Different too, which always helps.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL. I added THE DUFF to my MOCKINGJAY order. Only problem is THE DUFF doesn't come out until a week later (MOCKINGJAY release is a week later in Canada than in the US for some reason).

Christine Fonseca said...

so darn cool! can't wait to read this one.

Loretta Nyhan said...

Second person done well is a rarity--I'm definitely going to pick this one up!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Thanks for this review! It'd be nice to read a book from a mal protag's pov and this sounds like a fantastic read!

Jemi Fraser said...

The cover is intense - sounds like the story is the same! :)

Elana Johnson said...

Yeah, I wanted to end my review after I read the book too. It's definitely a great one!

Myra McEntire said...

This thought of reading this book makes me bouncy. *goes to mailbox* *waits for it*

Lisa_Gibson said...

Nice! I'll be checking this one out. :)

KM said...

I'd be really interested to see how he pulled off a book well in 2nd person POV. That's a hard thing to do, but it sounds great!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

This really does sound great. I'm curious to see how the tense/perspective works!!

-Lauren

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've added this to my list to read after your review and Elana's. Thanks.

Melissa said...

Sheesh! I love the sound of this! :)

Sara McClung ♥ said...

So want to read this book! I can't wait for it to release =)

Carolyn V. said...

2nd person? Really? That's intriguing. I'll have to check it out.

beth said...

GAAAAAH!!!! I wanna read this one ever since Janet Reid hyped it up!

Lenny said...

hi miss lila! this book sounds a little scary for me but im gonna tell my older brothers and my sister about it.
...smiles from lenny

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