YouYou by Charles Benoit

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Writing in the second person is always hard. Readers can become annoyed at constantly being addressed or even accused of actions that the character did instead of them. The book is hard to read, but in a powerful, difficult subject matter sense. Benoit does a fantastic job of using second person.

In fact, second person in this book is used to great effect to help illustrate the disconnect the character experiences with himself. His reality is so far removed from what he would like to be, that he uses the second person instead of the first person pronouns in an effort to distance himself. It is both a subtle and powerful technique at the same time.

I would recommend this book to all authors.

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