You by Charles Benoit

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Kyle has been making some bad decisions these last couple of years regarding friends and school and he is also dealing with some serious anger issues. One decision seems to lead him to the next until he makes the ultimate bad decision, one that ends in blood.

Benoit, Charles. You. Harper Teen, 2010. 223 pages. Paperback. $8.99, ISBN 978-0-06-194706-3

Have you ever wished you’d done something differently? Made a different choice? Have you ever noticed how one choice leads to another, leads to another? How you just can’t seem to get off the path you’re on?

Kyle Chase, age 15, is a high school sophomore, and he’s struggling with some real anger issues. Kyle has made a series of decisions – including his choice of friends – his choice to not try at school – his choice to always wear black, baggy jeans and hoodies. His mom is always harassing him to get a job and do his homework. But how can he tell her the truth. How can he…

“Tell her how you have no real friends? How you can’t work up the balls to ask Ashley out? How you’re afraid that you really are going to be as big a failure as everyone seems to think you’re going to be? How everything’s changing so fast, but nothing’s changing at all, that it could be like this for the rest of your life? How sometimes you just want to haul off and punch something?”

You is the story of how Kyle got to one of his most regrettable choices…

“You’re 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.”

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