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You Against Me [Hardcover]

Jenny Downham
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2 Dec 2010

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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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (2 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385613504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385613507
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Split loyalties and the chasm between the young couple's life experiences make their enduring relationship a triumph" (Geraldine Brennan Observer)

"A moving account of first love" (Nicholas Tucker Independent)

"Downham gets right to the bottom of painful questions . . . [The book is] beautifully written with a painful but penetrating awareness and it has one of the sweetest love scenes I've read in a book for teenagers" (Jill Murphy

"Shot through with romance, this is a gripping and realistic look at how teenagers deal with big issues and face up to tough consequences when things go wrong" (Julia Eccleshare Love Reading)

"A beautifully balanced novel with the darkness of the central crime never forgotten or over-sweetened by the love story" (Keith Grey Guardian)

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Another intense and uncompromising novel from the critically acclaimed author of BEFORE I DIE.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth or Loyalty ? 17 Dec 2010
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This is a brave, honest and emotional approach to many issues of modern life, almost a Romeo and Juliet story of a kind of forbidden love between Mikey and Ellie. Mikey is poor, living in a council flat with his alcoholic mother and two sisters. Karen, the elder sister, is fifteen and traumatised to the point of never leaving the flat after a rape, and Holly is eight with normal demands of the school run and needing meals making for her, all of which is falling to Mikey. He's barely able to hold down his chef/waiter job with his problem sisters, useless alcoholic mother, no food in the house and social services at the door. Ellie on the other hand is bright and of a wealthy family whose brother has been accused of rape. Ellie's loyalties are strongly with her brother who is denying the rape and she wants to believe him so much. The only problem is the fact that she was present in the house at the time of the alleged rape and she knows his story doesn't add up.

Mikey is devious in the way he meets Ellie and when she realises what his motives are she is understandably upset and refuses to see him again. There are one or two sub-plots going on around these two main characters, all based on problem relationships which in turn colour and strengthen their judgements and emotions.

This is a really well put together book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. There is no glitz and glamour - it's raw and emotional. This is the first book I've read of Jenny Downham's but having read other reviews I shall certainly give Before I Die a go and will look out for her other books in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Against Me 1 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
You Against Me is a story about a poor girl and a rich boy, Karyn and Tom. When Karyn gets drunk at Toms party, the boy she's had a crush on for years, something happens - they either have sex, or Karyn gets raped, and Ellie, Toms younger sister was the only witness around. With the day of the trial steadily approaching she needs to get her story straight..
The ripple effects of Toms party are portrayed through the eyes of Ellie and Mickey (Karyn's older brother). Mickey is hardly coping, he can't bear to hear what happened and is desperate for revenge, and Ellie is confused to say the least. So when Mickey meets Ellie a plan forms in his head, a plan to make sure that Tom is found guilty once and for all. However that plan is halted when he falls in love with Ellie, and as Ellie becomes more in love with Mickey, she's not sure what the right thing to do is anymore. Defend her brother, or defend herself?
Mickey is living in a council flat with his alcoholic mother, depressed and scared Karyn, and neglected Holly his eight year old sister, and as the council workers visits become more frequent, Mickey really does try to change things around. He gets his mum up every day, takes Holly to school and tries to look after ungrateful Karyn, all whilst juggling a job as a chef and his ever increasing relationship with Ellie.
Ellie lives in a house with her timid and cowardly mother, her unloving father and Tom, scary yet sweet her only older brother, Tom. Ellie's father is expecting Ellie to study all day every day, be and look perfect and stand up in court and get her brother cleared of all charges, whereas Ellie does the opposite..

And then there's the trial..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming page turner 17 Mar 2011
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A beautifully sensitive page turner of 2 families affected by the same crime, told by the teens who are affected by the upheaval in their household.
I'm guessing considering the teens in the tale are 16 and 18, this is meant for the teen market but don't let that put you off if you're older.
The characters are believable
A very enjoyable page turner that I found hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young adults 5 April 2012
By Jan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's been a while since Jenny Downham's first novel "Before I Die" was published, but she has obviously been using her time wisely. Her first book was very good, but this one is so much better.

As we start reading this book we learn that Mikey's sister, Karyn, has been sexually assaulted and she now she can barely eat, refuses to leave the flat or see her friends. Mikey is trying very hard to hold down a job, care for Karyn, keep track of his alcoholic mother and make sure that his youngest sister, Holly, gets to school on time. Unsurprisingly, he is struggling and the one thing he really wants to do is get even with the young man who has caused his sister so much distress. Then we meet Ellie. Ellie's family is in disarray because her older brother, Tom, has been arrested and charged with assaulting Karyn. The parents are determined that their son's golden future will not be jeopardised by these ridiculous allegations made a drunken teenage girl and are busy employing the best legal team money can buy to prove his innocence. Ellie's dilemma really starts when she gets to know Mikey and she realises the effect the incident has had on Karyn and Karyn's entire family. Before her fledgling relationship with Mikey can progress, she has to decide whether `doing the right thing' is standing by your brother and the family that supports you or whether it is telling the whole truth whatever the consequences.

This book certainly gives the reader plenty to think about. Family ties, loyalty, justice and just what do you do when doing the right thing seems wrong. Excellent story, well told. Ms Downham's new novel has been well worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
didnt put my kindle down for two days! so gripping but a really bland rubbish ending leaves you hanging. unfair :(
Published 3 days ago by Charlotte Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars you against me
Very good read I recommend this book if you like books about young love, if you have the chance to do so
Published 4 days ago by KTB
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book probs one of the best books iv'e read ...
brilliant book probs one of the best books iv'e read in a very long time, it's a great story that is a must read, good twists also.
Published 9 days ago by jaide coquelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Very sad book. This focuses on choices made that affects two families. This also shows how far would a family go to remain loyal. This is a great book, anyone would love it :)
Published 20 days ago by Shannon and Olivia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bad ending
You against me was a fairly enjoyable read, however some scenes in the book dragged on, and the ending was one of the most disappointing ones I've ever read
Published 1 month ago by sanaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This was a book I bought for a friend, she liked it but found it a little strange of a story line, personally I have not read it myself so I don't know exactly weather or not to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by chebs
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Was not impressed. Got bored of this. It starts really good and drags on for two long... needs more of what happens next
Published 10 months ago by nikkiscotland
5.0 out of 5 stars A rather good read
I had been putting off reading this book, I don't know why, perhaps it was the other books I had not read, this just went to the back. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. J. Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
my daughter keept wanting to read this for a long time and finally got round to it and liked this novel very much. i brought this on amazon and i recommend this book.
Published 16 months ago by ireadnovels
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Excellent book I loved it. The ending was a bit disappointing though. It would be better if the court case was included near the end
Published 16 months ago by Shona Bisset
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