Title: You Against Me
Author: Jenny Downham
Pulbished by: David Fickling Books
Age Group: Young-adult
Rating: 5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!
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.
I love love love this book! When I picked it up I didn’t actually think that I would like the book all that much but when I started reading it I fell in love with it.
The novel is so well written and so realistic, it captures every aspect of two completely different families who live in completely different lifestyles and has brought them to life perfectly and the impact that the sexual assault has put on both families and how the individuals in both families all deal with it in different ways.
Downham’s characters are so realistic and so easy relate to. I loved Mikey from the moment that I that I first read about him in chapter one and he was perfectly well rounded. Mikey shows how hard some children/teenagers actually have it having to deal with really doing everything and practically being the parent for a good portion of the novel. The same goes for Ellie she was perfectly well rounded and even though she went through a different type of struggle with family life it still shows that families aren’t perfect no matter how you want them to be and that they are really never what they seem on the outside.
As well as the love between two people it also shows the many different types of love that family and friends and the novel is perfectly written.
For me this has to be a must read that will stay with you long after you have read the words The End.