You Against Me (Paperback)
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DescriptionIf 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.
- Published: 07 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781849920483 ISBN 10: 1849920486
- Sales rank: 29,622
Reviews for You Against Me
You Against Me
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 Lauren Hoeve
a powerful book that touches on where your loyalties lie. by Laura Pocock