You Against Me

You Against Me

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Jenny Downham

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  • Publisher: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849920486
  • ISBN 13: 9781849920483
  • Sales rank: 33,896

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If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's accused of a terrible crime but says he didn't do it, you defend him, don't you? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of "Before I Die". It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love.

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Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons. Her debut novel Before I Die was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.

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By Lauren Hoeve 16 Feb 2012 4

You Against Me is a intriguing, brilliantly written novel by the author of Before I Die. The cover makes it look like a love story, which it is not. Well, not just a love story. (The love story is good though. I need to stop saying 'love story' now. Okay.) It's a story about relationships, not just between lovers, but between family members and friends too. It's about loyalty, the truth, bravery, and how far we would go to protect the people we love.

I bought this when it just came out in paperback, and I didn't read it until now, because I didn't remember Jenny Downham's writing style very clearly from reading Before I Die so many years ago. I just wasn't very excited about reading it, but I'm glad I eventually picked it up. I kept wanting to find out what really happened at that party, and which one-Karyn, the 'victim' or Tom, the 'rapist'-was lying about it. And even though I thought I guessed which one was telling the truth, I was so wrong.

The writing was flawless. There were no moments that I wished I could skim through because it was too detailed or complicated. She writes what she needed to write, and didn't over-explain things.

The title is perfect for this story. It isn't only about the Mikey and Ellie's relationships, but also that they're on different teams. I thought the ending was good for this book. I don't usually like open endings because I find it hard to imagine what happens after, but in this case, it was fitting.

By Laura Pocock 03 Sep 2011 5

a powerful book that touches on where your loyalties lie.

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"An intense and arresting love story" -- Natasha Harding The Sun "An outstanding, compelling drama from Downham" -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller "It's one of the most powerful books we've read in an age. Even after finishing, it lingered with us for days ... Jenny Downham's novel blows other books out of the water" Sugar "I loved it ... Beautifully written with a painful but penetrating awareness" -- Jill Murphy Bookbag "A tale of love across the social divide in coastal Norfolk, with the edge of a crime novel ... Split loyalties and the chasm between the young couple's life experiences make their enduring relationship a triumph. Their credible and tender sexual encounter is the calm before the storm, as for Romeo and Juliet" Observer

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If someone hurts your sister, you seek revenge, right? If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime, you defend him, don’t you? When Mikey’s young sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world starts to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. A brave and unflinching novel about loyalty and first love from the bestselling author of Before I Die.