You Don't Know Me

Paperback | September 14, 2010

byDavid Klass

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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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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 n...

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 Kea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.31 × 5.52 × 0.8 inPublished:September 14, 2010Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312653026

ISBN - 13:9780312653026

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Customer Reviews of You Don't Know Me

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from You Don't Know Him! Great book, thanks Klass for an amazing read. Really interesting point of view from the kid, brings up realistic points about how much people don't know one another and what goes on behind closed doors. Once again fabulous read.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This is by far the best book I have ever read. John had bad things going on in his life and he could have chosen to give up and be a horrible bitter person, but instead he decided to share his hilarious perspective with the reader. I really enjoyed this book because it was able to make me laugh and cry. I recommend it to you if your looking for something to make you think about and appreciate the good things in your life.
Date published: 2005-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best...Book...EVER!!!!! If you could describe a modern day teen novel with one book, this would definatly be it. This is without a doubt my favourite book of all time, I read it 3 times!!!!! This book will never get boring. John is an inspirational character who has an outlook on life no one could ever imagine. You will see the world through his eyes as you travel this journey with him, and it maybe, may even change your own outlook on life. If you don't read this book, you are completely out of your mind. A MUST READ!
Date published: 2005-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book was amazing to read. i don't useually stray from my normal author but i made an exception and i am SOO glad i did. this book was very insiring to me and my friends (who i lent it too)John was only a few years younger than me but the way he thought i could completly relate. the story made you feel sad and happy for him as if you knew him personally. thank you David Klass for write such an amazing book!! **Jamie*17**
Date published: 2003-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE Best Book You Don't Know Me is a book that my English teacher began to read to our class because she was obsessed with it. She had to stop reading it because she was not allowed by the principal. From the minute that she read the first page, I realized why she loved it so much. It pulled me in more than any other book that I've read. When she stopped reading the book to us, I immediately went out to find the book. I could not put it down and loved every last word. It is a drastically funny book.
Date published: 2003-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling! To tell the truth this was an impulse buy for me. It looked intriguing so, I bought it. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down! WOW!
Date published: 2003-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swell Compelling and realistic. A dramatic insight in the life of a struggling teenage boy surviving the wounds of adolescence. Inspiring yet heart gripping, you'll never let this character go.
Date published: 2003-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This book is the best book I have ever read, it will just blow you away, you have to read it! I absolutely love it.
Date published: 2003-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book really blew me away. David Klass is an amazing writer and this book proves it. This is the best book I have ever read, go read it NOW!
Date published: 2002-07-17

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Editorial Reviews

"Klass blazes past his previous literary efforts stylistically, introducing elements of magical realism to gradually reveal a quirky, talented, and likable guy. . . . The world may be 'muddled and painful,' but it is, 'in the end, a love song,'--a rewarding and important message for all readers." -School Library Journal, Starred Review"[A] well-conceived novel. . . . The hero's underlying sense of isolation and thread of hope will strike a chord with nearly every adolescent." -Publishers Weekly"John's inner voice is wonderfully cynical yet sweet and sad. . . . This book is for anyone--teenagers and adults alike--who has ever been faced with the absurdity of a normal life." -Voice of Youth Advocates"[A] captivating first-person narrative with an original voice . . . [T]his is an engrossing story, in the vein of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, to which readers will immediately connect." -Kirkus Reviews"John is a genuinely sympathetic, interestingly complex character, his highly mannered voice belongs to someone much older than 14, and it's wildly inconsistent, veering in tone from seriously realistic to the farcical, from wryly sophisticated and ironically self-deprecating to sophomoric. Weigh that against some brilliant, dramatically charged scenes and John's endlessly intriguing character." -Booklist"I loved it because it describes the exact way I feel." -A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader