You Don't Know Me

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Apr 1, 2007 - Young Adult Fiction - 272 pages
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Moving, wholly involving, original, and emotionally true, You Don't Know Me is a multilayered young adult novel that presents a winning portrait of an understandably angst-ridden adolescent.

John ("My father named me after a toilet!") wrestles with the certainty that no one really knows him -- not in his miserable home, and certainly not at school. It's true that no one can guess his hidden thoughts, which are hilarious, razor-sharp observations about lust, love, tubas, algebra, everything. And then there's his home: his father ran off years ago, so he's being raised by his mother, who works long hours, and by her boyfriend, whom John calls "the man who is not and never will be my father." This man is his enemy, an abusive disciplinarian who seems to want to kill John and, in a horrible final confrontation, nearly succeeds.

 

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User Review  - Stembie3 - LibraryThing

My 14-year-old son chose this book and he started laughing on page one, telling me "Mom, I love this book." So I read it. It is a wry, witting look at a teenage boy's attempt to navigate life, high ... Read full review

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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

I found the repetition trite and boring after a time. I get that not all protagonists have to be likeable, and I get that not all protags have to speak or think well, but getting through these ... Read full review

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Contents

2 antischool
8
3 band practice
14
4 get me out of here
21
5 losing by a snout
26
6 dinner theater
39
7 Torture Island
48
8 permit me a father fantasy
58
9 the happiest day of my life
67
16 trump card
157
17 running away from home
165
18 fateful Tuesday begins
175
19 fateful Tuesday picks up steam
182
20 fateful Tuesday reaches a crescendo
194
21 the high command
205
22 floating
213
23 NoView Alley
224

10 the best day of my life gets better
84
11 in the war zone
93
12 the Bonanza Ranch House
101
13 my big date
112
14 the worst thing that could happen
131
15 a short haul
145
24 the Holiday Dance
231
25 gotcha
240
26 who I am
250
Epilogue whatever that means
255
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About the author (2007)

David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including Dark Angel and You Don't Know Me. He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass grew up in a family that loved literature and theater—his parents were both college professors and writers—but he was a reluctant reader, preferring sports to books. But he started loving the adventure stories his parents would bring home from the library—particularly Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas. After his sister twice won a story contest in Seventeen magazine, Klass decided he would win it too, and when he was a senior in high school, he did, publishing his first story, "Ringtoss," in the magazine. He studied at Yale University, where he won the Veech Award for Best Imaginative Writing. He taught English in Japan, and wrote his first novel, The Atami Dragons, about that experience. He now lives in New York with his wife and two small children.

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