Finalist, National Book Awards 2005 for Young People's Literature

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch book cover, 2005
ISBN 9780689847899

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A harrowing portrait of date rape told from the point of view of the accused.

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Chris Lynch’s Inexcusable is a young adult novel told by a self-proclaimed “good guy” who date rapes his best high school friend. Keir is a seductive narrator in the tragic-comic tradition of Humbert Humbert and Holden Caulfield. He sees everyone’s mistakes as “inexcusable” but his own. In prose that is relentless, driving, beautiful, spare and vivid, Inexcusable shows the unraveling of young lives, giving us the riveting view of a crime close up, from the inside out.