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Blank Confession Hardcover – November 16, 2010
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The make up of the Martin family is very interesting indeed. The children are 3/4 white and 1/4 black. Their maternal grandfather is West Indian and their mother looks more like him, but lighter in coloring like their grandmother. Marie is very ethnic in appearance, including her hair whereas Mikey describes himself as looking Mexican. He finds it easier to hide behind learning Spanish so he doesn't have to give everybody the rundown on his multi-cultural heritage.
Enter Shayne Blank, new kid in town. He, too hides behind a mask of spun stories and a seemingly innocent demeanor. When school bully Jon Brande comes after Mikey after Mikey disposed of some contraband Jon gave him, all hell breaks loose. Jon insists that Mikey pony up the $500.00 he said his stash was worth. Shayne comes in with some suprises of his own. Once he finds out that Jon is dating Mikey's sister, he comes up with some very resourceful ways to throw Jon off the track. He even manages to win a fight with one of Jon's cronies, a boy some 2 times his size.
Shayne is a mystery. The Martins like him and Marie, always one to look for the "bad boys," thugs and rebels falls for Shayne like a ton of bricks. Shayne even gentles their father, a recovering alcoholic who had a history of verbal and domestic abuse.
Who is Shayne? And why did he confess to a murder? Who is the person he says he killed? And why would he be in a position to kill anyone? Shayne is a walking series of riddles and mysteries.Read more ›
Bank Confession starts with a with the ending in that we know Shayne has killed someone. The question is in all the details. Don't let this deter you from reading this novel. You are not prepared for the end of your seat thriller that is about to unfold. Pete is perfect at keeping you scraping the edge of the page to find out what is next. You will find yourself so engaged in this story I promise you will forget everything around you. Being only a 170+ pages you will want to set aside a few hours so you can read in one setting.
The story is told in alternating viewpoints of the police office Rawls in the interrogation room and Mikey, the kid who Shayne befriends. It does not confuse anything and in many ways makes this story even more engaging as you learn things from both settings.
I went to Pete's website after reading and found some characteristics of Shayne from the story similar to the old western movie.
From his website
A kid, a rabbi, and a seven-foot-tall piano player walk into a bar...wait, that's not right. A kid walks into a police station and says, "Dude, I just killed somebody." And the bartender--I mean the cop--says, "I'm a doctor, not a Ferris wheel operator!"
Dang, wrong narrative. Think of it as Shane set in a modern day high school, with motorcycles instead of horses, tasers instead of revolvers, and a five-foot-nothing Haitian-American overdresser named Mikey in place of Brandon De Wilde.Read more ›
"Who did you kill?" The kid didn't say anything, same as the first time Rawls had asked him that question instead, he reached for the metal ring attached to a hinge bolted to the tabletop and ran his fingers over it. The ring was there so that a potentially violent suspect could be handcuffed to the steel table, which was bolted to the floor. Rawls sat back and looked at his was 5:09. It didn't matter. This time he was going to wait for the kid to speak, no matter how long it took. It took two minutes and thirteen seconds."
This is the first novel, I've read by Hautman, though I've always heard great things, now I know why. Blank Confession is an intense realistic novel with drugs, violence and bullying that's very hard to put down. I loved it. Its very refreshing to read a well crafted YA novel that's only 170 pages at a time when longer is supposedly better.
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This book is one of the best books I have ever read. it it well put together. I would only recommend this book to children who are 13 or older. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This story starts off with Shayne going to the Police Station. He talks to a man named Detective Rawls. He tells him that he killed a man. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristi Hulsey
I loved this book. I could barely put it down. Although I wish that Shayne and Marie ended up together, and that he would have stayed with them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tamara Chapman
I give it a 7 out of ten. Only because the beginning was pretty long. The chapter play was very brilliant thou...Published 21 months ago by HC
Blank Confession (2010) by Pete Hautman
Shayne Blank doesn't expect to make friends or even really get to know anyone when he comes to town. Read more
Teenager Shayne Blank walks into the local police station with a confession: he has killed someone. Detective Rawls is skeptical, but agrees to take his statement. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Cynthia Hudson
Good example of POV in young adult writing, the characters feel real, and the ending is unexpected. Another assigned reading I really enjoyed.Published on September 15, 2013 by RTG