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  • Library Binding: 412 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385751613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385751612
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,562,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Another intense and uncompromising novel from the critically acclaimed author of BEFORE I DIE. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By A.Teenager on 1 Aug. 2011
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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 By Alexander VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheBookAddictedGirl on 24 Nov. 2011
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Karyn says she's been assaulted. Tom says she's just "easy", that she wanted it but changed her mind later. Karyn's brother, Mikey, knows he has to do something. Karyn can't make it out the door: she barely even makes it out of bed. To make her feel better, Mikey knows he has to do something to Tom. And what better way to gather information than by using Tom's own sister, Ellie? But then the unthinkable happens, something that changes everything and brings both Mikey and Ellie's worlds crashing down. How loyal should you be to your family, when you know that they're wrong? How do you choose between your family and the truth?

I read Jenny Downham's Before I Die and cried like I've never cried before. I picked up her debut and just could not put it down. I went through a box of tissues. It's one of my favourite books, and I couldn't wait for You Against Me, knowing it was going to be amazing. And it was: absolutely, undeniably incredible. How Downham handles such hard subjects and makes them into the most inspirational stories I don't know. But she does it in a way that feels so real that it's like I'm there, like everything she writes about is actually happening. She amazes me, and this book has left me desperate for her next.

Mikey was amazing. He would do anything for his sister, even if it meant getting in trouble. He was just so strong - inspirationally so, actually. I just could get over how much he loved his family, everything he was doing for them, for Karyn. Mikey took care of them all: his alcoholic mum, his two sisters. Of course, there were times when I had to question his actions and the logic of them. But I just loved Mikey to pieces - and his flaws and sometimes silly actions just made him more believable and likeable.
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