Synopses & Reviews
I am a good guy.
Keir Sarafian may not know much, but he knows himself. And the one thing he knows about himself is that he is a good guy. A guy who's a devoted son and brother, a loyal friend, and a reliable teammate. And maybe most important of all, a guy who understands that when a girl says no, she means it. But that is not what Gigi Boudakian, childhood friend and Keir's lifelong love, says he is. What Gigi says he is seems impossible to Keir....It is something inexcusable -- the worst thing he can imagine, the very opposite of everything he wants to be.
As Keir recalls the events leading up to his fateful night with Gigi, he realizes that the way things look are definitely not the way they really are -- and that it may be all too easy for a good guy to do something terribly wrong.
Chris Lynch has written a no-holds-barred story about truth, lies, and responsibility -- a story that every good guy needs to hear.
"This raw and powerful book will hammer its way into your heart and haunt you. The world needs this story. And you want to read it -- trust me."
"Chris Lynch is the best pure YA writer we have -- he has the guts, he has the chops, and like his readers, he'll take a close look at anything. Inexcusable is irresistible, in its limning of the spaces between brutality and grace, between the soul and the law. Start at page one -- you'll never stop."
"Inexcusable is a not-to-be-missed chapter in the anthropology of ritual male dating behavior. From the first phrase to the last phrase, Chris Lynch creates a character with such flawless self-deception that the reader mistakes being seduced with being stalked. In the end you become the books trophy, and you'll find your head mounted on the cover."
*"A finely crafted and thought-provoking page-turner"
*"Expertly drawn...A nuanced, wholly believable character that will leave many readers shaking with recognition...Unforgettable."
*"Lynch hits a home run with this provocative, important read."
"An interesting companion piece to Laurie Halse Anderson's andlt;Iandgt;Speakandlt;/Iandgt;."
*"With his portrait of Keir, Lynch makes it nearly impossible for readers to see the world in black-and-white terms. This book is guaranteed to prompt heated discussions."
*"Lynch's masterful exploration of the difference between perception and reality is fascinating. Teens will reread this short but complex story debating the issues of violence and responsibility."
andlt;b andgt;and#8220;The world needs this story. And you will want to read it. Trust me.and#8221; and#8212;Laurie Halse Anderson on this taut, thought-provoking novel that deals with rape from the accusedand#8217;s point of view, repackaged as part of the distinguished Atheneum Collection.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Keir is a good guy. He is a senior in high school, well liked, and respected by his friends and family. So how could he be a rapist? Yet that is what Gigi, the love of his life, says he is. Keir doesnand#8217;t understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. But apparently, he has. Alternating between the present day and flashbacks, Keir recounts the events that led up to his night with Gigiand#8230;and discovers something inexcusable.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Brilliantly crafted and much acclaimed, this is a riveting tale of truth, lies, and responsibilityand#8212;a tale every teenager should read.andnbsp;
About the Author
andlt;b andgt;Chris Lynchandlt;/bandgt; is the Printz Honor Awardand#8211;winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including andlt;i andgt;Inexcusableandlt;/iandgt;, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews, and andlt;i andgt;Angry Young Manandlt;/iandgt;. He is also the author of andlt;i andgt;Freewillandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Gold Dustandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Icemanandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Gypsy Davyandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Shadowboxerandlt;/iandgt; (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults) as well as andlt;i andgt;Extreme Elvin Whitechurchandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;i andgt;All the Old Hauntsandlt;/iandgt;. He mentors aspiring writers and continues to work on new literary projects, and holds an MA from the writing program at Emerson College. He lives in Boston and in Scotland.