Blank Confession

Shayne Blank is the new kid in town--but that doesn't stop him from getting into a lot of trouble very quickly. The other kids don't understand him. He's not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. And his background doesn't add up. But when he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. There's more to Shayne--and his story--than meets the eye. As the details begin to fill in, the only thing that becomes clear is that nothing about Shayne's story is clear at all.

Blank Confession is a compelling mystery that will keep readers turning pages, from National Book Award-winning author Pete Hautman.

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By Mike (Indianapolis, IN) · ★★★★★ · January 15, 2012
I had no intention of reading this today. But I picked it up at the library, and started it while I was waiting for my wife to get her books. When we got home, I laid down in bed, thinking I'd read a bit and then take a well-earned nap. That plan was scotched by distilled adrenaline rush that is... ...more
By Duffy (Missouri City, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · July 11, 2013
I felt sort of like an idiot when it hit me that this book actually is the high-school retelling of Shane, the western by George Stevens. I mean Shayne Blank is the name of the mysterious stranger who rides into school on his BMW motorcycle. He's not particularly special in any way, but has a dis... ...more
By Andrew (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · November 06, 2014
One of the foremost reasons I've adopted young-adult fiction as my literary poison of choice is, it reads so fast you don't get bogged down in unnecessary detours, metaphors, poetic license or fringe characters. YA is about plot, character and dialogue. It's perfect for a grown adult like me who'... ...more
By Tasha (Menasha, WI) · ★★★★☆ · December 07, 2010
This book begins with Shayne Blank entering a police department to confess a murder. The question for readers is how this kid who is new to school got into the situation. Mikey is a kid whose mouth always gets him into trouble. Though he thinks he wants to blend in and be invisible at times, he d... ...more
By Linda (Saint Paul, MN) · ★★★★☆ · April 25, 2011
This whodunnit kept me up late and I really liked Shayne Blank, the confessor who says he killed someone. I found his friend Mikey, who narrates part of the book, kind of annoying at times, but was glad to hear he came into his own a little bit at the end, and was maybe less of a 'dink.'
I think... ...more
By Jennifer (Bloomington, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · November 12, 2012
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Although Shayne and Mikey have only been friends for a week, they are both involved in a murder investigation. One of them has confessed, but is he really the guilty one?

Shayne describes Mikey as a "dink." Combine Mikey's tiny statur... ...more
By Harleigh (Baraboo, WI) · ★★★★☆ · November 02, 2012
When I first started reading this book I found it somewhat boring and expected it to be about a boy committing murder because right at the beginning of the story they are already in the interview room and then that kind of confused me. Then I thought it’d just be chapter after chapter something n... ...more
By Bryant (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 05, 2012
Shayne Blank is a mysterious character througout the story. Basically the book is narrarated through Shayne, Rawls, and Mikey. So the story starts off by Mikey being bullied by his brother-in-law, Jon Brande. Jon Brande bullied him more when Mikey lost his "dough" bag and thats whenShayne comes i... ...more
By Rebecca (Auckland, E7, New Zealand) · ★★★☆☆ · September 26, 2013
I read Blank Confession because I needed a book that looked like a quick read to finish off wide reading.
Blank Confession fills in the category for a book with a male main character. I don’t read books because of the main character’s gender, but for certain books, a certain gender works better a... ...more
By Faye (Park Ridge, IL) · ★★★★☆ · June 28, 2011
Blank Confessions is told in a series of flashbacks. The story opens with Shayne Blank confessing to killing Jon Blande, a bully in high school. Shayne is a mysterious character that shows up on the first day of high school. He meets and helps high school junior Mikey Martin. Jon Blande is dating... ...more