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It is very strange to read the narrative from second person, but there are examples! Maybe there are a number of situations which are good for using second-person view?

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"You're reading the advertisement: an offer like this isn't made every day. You read and reread it. It seems to be addressed to you and nobody else..."

These are the opening words of Carlos Fuentes' Aura, the only example of second person narration I've read.

In Fuentes' case, I think the second person narration contributes to an impression that the protagonist's actions (your actions) are happening in the context of a hypnotic or dream-like state. In Fuentes' story, the technique is effective and compelling.

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Yeah, I really feel like visioning a mirage while reading your quotation. Good point. –  Daniel Excinsky Nov 20 '10 at 16:29
Another example I've read myself is Complicity by Iain Banks. Quite unnerving, since you read of the actions of a serial killer from in the second person... so, you are killing these people. :-P –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 10 '10 at 17:44

Choose your own adventure books often use the second person.

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Text Adventure games use a second-person narrative, as do many games that have been inspired by them, including some first person shooters.

You are in a dark room. You might be eaten by a grue.

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Self-help books come to mind.

And thanks to random internet people, we have a list of notable second person narratives

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