You and You and Youby Per Nilsson, Tara Chace (Translator)
Twelve-year-old Anon is so lost in his dual fantasies of befriending Sara, the owner of the library card he's found, and of his absentee father's god-like qualities that he doesn't mind that everyone at school is making fun of him. Seventeen-year-old Zarah has her mind on the alarming behavior of her jealous boyfriend as well as her relationship with a woman at
Twelve-year-old Anon is so lost in his dual fantasies of befriending Sara, the owner of the library card he's found, and of his absentee father's god-like qualities that he doesn't mind that everyone at school is making fun of him. Seventeen-year-old Zarah has her mind on the alarming behavior of her jealous boyfriend as well as her relationship with a woman at work, which suddenly becomes complicated. Nils, who is going through an existential crisis, engages in some risky behavior while exploring how it might feel to be dead. He is also obsessed with Zarah, although he doesn't really know her. Then Nils's friend Hannes makes a misstep that might have deadly consequences. When Anon meets Sara, and Nils meets Zarah, and Anon and Zarah and Nils all come together unexpectedly, their lives take surprising new turns.
Meet the Author
Per Nilsson was born in Malmö in 1954, and lives in Sölvesborg with his four children. He trained as a mathematics and music teacher. For many years he worked part-time in a school and part-time as an author. Today he is a full-time author. As an author, he sees his books as letters in which he carries on conversations with young adults about life and death, about hope and belief in the future, about roles we play, the world we live in and about love. His literary strength lies in his use of new motives and unexpected ways of thinking. He has written about twenty books, many of which have won awards. Heart's Delight was the first of Mr. Nilsson's books to be published in the U.S. It won first prize in Raben & Sjogren's 1992 awards competition for best love story, the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1997, and the Dutch "Silver Kiss" in 1999. You & You & You is the second. Mr. Nilsson has written several scripts for plays and for a movie based on one of his novels. His books have been translated into many languages-sixteen at last count. e-mail Per Nilsson
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When i first started reading this book it didn't really make much sense, but as i kept reading i began to love it. It wasn't until the end of the book that i got disappointed, i expected more out of this book, since the middle of the book was so good, the ending really killed it for me.
When you start reading, you think this is a book about absolutely nothing. Just three kids who are some what weird. But, thats what makes it such an amazing novel i think. Its different but despite the confusion it has a profound message to it