You Don't Know Me (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374387068, 272pp.
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
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.
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Praise For You Don't Know Me…
"A rewarding and important message for all readers . . . Klass blazes past his previous literary efforts stylistically, introducing elements of magical realism to gradually reveal a quirky, talented, and likable guy." --Starred, School Library Journal
"I loved it because it describes the exact way I feel." -- A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader
"Extremely realistic." -- A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader