Klass, David. You don't know me.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Harper Tempest, HarperCollins. 344p. c2001. 0-06-447378-3. $6.99. JS

To quote from KLIATT's January 2001 review of the hardcover edition:

Klass, author of the ALA Best Books for YAs California Blue, Wrestling with Honor, and Danger Zone, attempts a different tone in this novel, and it may not "work" for some readers. John is the narrator. He is an angry high school student on the edge, spouting sarcasm and stabs at humor as he tries to survive a terrible home life. He has a crush on a lovely classmate named Gloria, who he calls Glory Hallelujah (in his narrative). His approach to her borders on farce, as does their date to the basketball game and a crazy confrontation with her father in Gloria's basement. His best friend is a person he derides for having a big nose--and this friend also gets involved in farcical misadventures. John plays the tuba in the school band, and the music teacher seems to be the only adult who worries about him. John of course pretends nothing is wrong in his...

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