Release Date: December 2, 2010
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If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's been accused of a terrible crime and you're the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn't that what families do? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart.
When Ellie's brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn't do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love - for one's family and for another.
You Against Me is a hard-hitting book that deals with serious issues like sexual assault. Jenny Downham will never let you down when it comes to emotion. You can expect one hell of a roller-coaster!
This book is told from different point of views, Mikey and Ellie. I think that having two different people tell the same story did work for this book. Mikey's younger sister has just been a victim of sexual assault. Ellie is the younger sister of a boy who has just been accused of sexual assault. Soon their worlds collide and they can't stay away from each other even though they know how it will end.
"It was strange how words meant something when they came out of your mouth. Inside your head they were safe and silent, but once they were outside, people grabbed hold of them."
Jenny Downham has delivered a book packed with emotion and romance that will have you hooked until the very last page. I fell in love with the characters from the very first chapter because they were all so unique with forbidden thoughts that I wanted to dig into.
A brave and confident standalone.
Even though I loved the romance between our heroine, Ellie, and our hero, Mikey, I can't help but think that their relationship might have been different in reality because their relationship did blossom a bit too fast. But, that's just something that briefly crossed my mind. I love Jenny Downham's writing style and her imagination, I just want to jump into her mind and find out how she thinks Ellie and Mikey's relationship to continue. The ending of You Against Me did leave me hanging (I hate cliffhangers) but I guess the ending was appropriate for the book.
Overall, I recommend You Against Me to everyone who loves a beautifully written novel with an issue that not many authors are prepared to take on!