You by Charles Benoit


Goodreads Summary:

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?

My Thoughts:

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.  It sounds so good, but I really didn’t like the book.  I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened, and I know that is supposed to be the mark of a good book, but I really didn’t enjoy the book at all.  The main character is so passive and boring, I found him extremely unlikable.  The book is very short so I was able to finish it in just a couple of hours, but I kept wanting it to be over.  The story is written in second person, and I can’t think of any other book I have read from that perspective, so I am not sure if that is one of the reasons I didn’t like the book or not.  I would have to read more like that to decide.  The main character Kyle, is a “hoodie”, which would have been called a goth kid at my school, and would have hung out in my social circle.  His outfit of choice is black pants, black shirt, and you guessed it black hoodie, and he wears this every day.  I can relate.  He just seemed resigned to his fate though, which is annoying.  He doesn’t do school work, because why bother, he doesn’t try harder at anything, because why bother.  He is in love with a girl named Ashley, and he tries to be around her, and even kind of creepy stalks her at school and at her job at the mall, but he never tells her how he feels.  A few times it seems like he is going to get up the nerve, but then he doesn’t.  Everything in this book is him thinking he should do something, and then he doesn’t.  He meets a weird new kid named Zach, and at first he doesn’t want to be friends with him, actually he never considers himself friends with him, but Zach sticks up for him in front of some bully jock on a few occasions at they start to hang out.  Zach’s other friends warn Kyle that Zach finds your weaknesses and uses them to “break you”. When Kyle says he doesn’t have any, one girl says “funny, that’s what I said.”  That part was unrealistic to me, because first, I don’t believe Zach’s friends are going to warn off some new guy. Second, who would hang out with some guy that exploited your weaknesses and “broke you.”  I’m not going to say anything about what happens, because finding out what the first page is all about is the only reason to read this book. I didn’t find this book exciting like it should have been. I don’t think the writing was great. The characters weren’t realistic to me, and were really boring.  Meh. Not for me.


PS: What group were you considered a part of in high school? Were you a goth (“hoodie”) like me and Kyle, a jock, or did you float around like Ashley?


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