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Inexcusable    by Chris Lynch order for
by Chris Lynch
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Keir is a good guy. Everyone says so. He can't believe that Gigi Boudakian is so upset about the night they spent together. Having her with him was the perfect end to a perfect senior year.

Keir tells his own story about his senior year and the reader is left to decide whether his perfect year is as perfect for those around him. Starting with a football accident that cripples an opposing player, Keir lets you inside his head as he waits for the official investigation to exorate him of responsibility. He knows he wasn't to blame. He was playing by the rules, doing what he was taught to do. Even the crippled player agrees that what happened was not Keir's fault. Keir's relationship with his dad is so perfect he hates to think of leaving the old man to go away to college. He loves his older sisters and they love him. He chooses the same college his sisters are attending so they can all be together again.

Gigi, a childhood friend and long time crush, believes Keir is a good guy, too. That's why she goes for a ride with him on graduation day. Chris Lynch gives only Keir's side to his story. Inexcusable is a masterpiece of self deception, pulling readers in and allowing them to make their own decisions about Keir's character.

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