Fiction Book Assignment: Persuasive Essay
You Don't Know Me by David Klass is undoubtedly the best book of its kind that I have ever read. I found it paralysingly funny in places and devastating in its portrayal of isolation. There are scenes of violence.On the surface, John is just like most teens: he goes to high school every day, where he has several good friends and pines over the most popular girl. However, no one knows that every evening John is abused by his soon-to-be-stepfather.
John is an introspective, unassuming fourteen year old. He lives his 'life that is not a life' with his mother and 'the man who is not my father'. To enter John's world you have to understand that things are not what they seem."Let's be real, the man who is not my father isn't a very nice man. Not just because he is not my father but because he hits me when you're not around, and he says if I tell you about it he'll really take care of me." It's a situation that can only deteriorate. You can hear all about it from John, blow by blow: "The second slap catches me on top of my ear and is so hard it would knock me off my feet if he weren't holding me tightly. There are tears in my eyes, and I am suddenly looking back at the man who is not my father through a kaleidoscope, so that his image keeps breaking apart and re-forming." Now, if something like that is happening to you at home, it is difficult to carry on living a normal life at school, but John has a go. He drifts his way through maths:"Of course, I do not understand the slightest syllable of algebra gibberish that Mrs Moonface is uttering, but she cannot tell that from my appearance." and band practice. "The reason I am in your band room, holding on to a giant frog that is pretending to be a tuba, is because the process of elimination has brought me here. There is nothing I am better at than not being able to play this tuba that is not a tuba." He also tries to hang on to his friends, and make dates, and go to...
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