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You Don't Know Meby David Klass
Synopses & Reviews
Dark and funny.
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.
Moving, wholly involving, original, and emotionally true, You Don't Know Me is a multilayered novel that presents a winning portrait of an understandably angst-ridden adolescent.
One minute Im short, the next minute tall, one minute Im geeky, one minute studly, my shape constantly changes, and the only thing that stays constant is my brown eyes. Watching you. Thats right, Im watching you right now . . .
You think you know John? Well, lets see . . .
What bathroom fixture did his father have in mind at his birth? What amphibian plagues John in band? Does algebra have a use, besides torture? Who or what is Lashasa Palulu? Who is Glory Hallelujah? Who is Violent Hayes? What do they want from John? If friends are people who like you, does John have any? Why do fools fall in love? If school is a place for learning, where does John go every day? How can anyone whos fighting a secret battle for his life know anyone, really? And how can they know him?
Fourteen-year-old John creates alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother's abusive boyfriend, his crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate, and other problems at school.
About the Author
DAVID KLASS has written numerous teen novels, including the three books in The Caretaker Trilogy which are all available from Square Fish. He has also written a number of screenplays, including Kiss the Girls and Walking Tall. He lives in New York City.
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