You Are Not Here

You Are Not Here

by Samantha Schutz
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You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz

A startling novel about love and grief from the author of the acclaimed memoir I Don't Want to Be Crazy. Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other. And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545328814
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 642,315
File size: 455 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Samantha Schutz is the author of the acclaimed memoir I Don't Want to Be Crazy, which was a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and Voices of Youth Advocates Poetry Pick. You Are Not Here is her first novel. Samantha lives and works in New York City as a children's book editor. For more about her, please visit

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You Are Not Here 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I was excited to see Samantha Schutz had written a novel. Her memoir, I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY, revealed her talent as a writer and her tremendous ability to describe her own very raw and painful experiences. YOU ARE NOT HERE is a novel in verse. The focus is on Annaleah and the sudden and tragic death of someone near and dear to her. If pressed, Annaleah would not be able to articulate her true relationship with Brian. They've been seeing each other for a short while and have shared a first kiss and much more, but to say he is her boyfriend still doesn't seem quite right. Their relationship has not included any outsiders. When Annaleah visits Brian, he always hustles her out before his father comes home. She hasn't really shared her budding romance with friends, either. Her one attempt to describe her feelings about Brian brought harsh criticism from her closest friend, Marissa. And as far as introducing Brian to her mother, forget about it. Better to leave that woman in the dark. Because of the secretive nature of their relationship, when Brian suddenly dies while playing basketball, Annaleah has nowhere to turn. Since no one truly understands, she withdraws, spending all her time either in her room or visiting his gravesite. Their relationship was viewed as casual, causing Annaleah's mother and friends to look upon her continued grieving as unnecessary and ridiculous. Unable to explain, Annaleah sinks deeper and deeper into despair as she mourns the loss of a young man she realizes may not even have loved her. Schutz explores the human reaction to death and loss in YOU ARE NOT HERE. The process of grieving is such a personal experience, and Schutz demonstrates that fact as she takes Annaleah on this often lonesome journey. Readers looking for a "problem" type novel will find this fast read satisfying, although rather predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING!!! Yes you should read this book! Despite what others say, this book is sad but leaves you with a happy, fulfilled feeling at the end. Smile right there on yo face! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its sad but so good. Once you pick this up you cant put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Camp has been moved to smudge first result.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leafstorm~ so im no longer deputy? *followed melody*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't see your answer, so I'm gonna have to ask one more time: Do you know a cat named Dappleleaf?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi hawkkit! Featherkit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hunting patrol?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*jumped on a squirrel d killed it*