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"You Don't Know Me" by David Klass

You Don't Know Me by David Klass was one of the most touching books I have ever read. It was in an interesting 4th-person view with the narrator the main character while having him narrate like he's speaking to other characters in the book. The character, John, is so likeable that you connect with him so much throughout the book.

One of the best things about the book is the P.O.V. Throughout most of the book you get the impression that he is speaking to his mother. But there are also points where he announces he is speaking to other people like Violent Hayes or Billy Beezer.

It is also rather funny and interesting as the character explains his random train of thought. Such as his his various nicknames for people and objects. His tuba is not a tuba, but a frog posing as a tuba, and Violent Hayes' saxophone is not a saxophone, but a lizard that she is trying to strangle–thus her name "Violent". The man who is not his father is his mother's boyfriend and his dinner that is not a dinner is not a dinner because does not fill him up and does not taste like anything edible.

I do think that it is very very sad about how the man who is not his father beats him, but as my friend (who let me borrow the book) seems to think, I didn't find it to be the main point. I loved the book because it showed a different outlook on the world. How he thought of everything was estranged and just so different. The beating was just an addition to the component on how he dreads things, and influences how he looks at things.

I also loved the character Mr. Steenwilly. He was a smart person. And, he was one person who John even admitted, knew a little of John. He was a compassionate, smart, loving character.

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