Tuesday, 15 March 2011

You Against Me- Jenny Downham

If someone hurts your sister,
And your 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 and Ellie meet nothing will go as planned.

Mikey’s sister has accused a boy of sexual assualt. She won’t leave the house and their mother can’t handle it. Social services and the police are breathing down his neck and the guy who assaulted his sister just got out on bail.
Ellie’s brother is accused of sexual assault, but he says he didn’t do it. Ellie was there that night and says she slept through it all. So why does she not feel safe when her brother gets bail and comes home? Why does she feel like a stranger in her own family?

Mikey and Ellie are brought together by extraordinary circumstances. Both trying to help out their siblings but nothing goes to plan. They begin to feel for one another and Ellie is starting to question what really happened that night. What is the truth? Did her brother who once saved her from a dog mauling commit a crime or is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks trying to ruin his life? And what about Mikey how does he stay true to both his sister and the girl he’s falling for?
No one can win. One family will be destroyed no matter the truth. The question is can Mikey and Ellie survive the outcome.

You Aginst Me is an enthralling read, so different from other novels of the genre. Although an aspect of the novel focuses on love this is not a love story. This is a story of loyalty, truth and family. Heavy issues are addressed through the novel and some may find it emotionally draining. It’s a stand out novel with a powerful story and engaging characters. I know books are described as page turners but this one truly is ( I read the whole thing in two days, only stopping to sleep) There is no good guy or bad guy there is just a bunch of characters who like ourselves make mistakes and have to deal with the consequences. This is one book that will not disappoint. A must read for 2011.

Courtney :)


Alice said...

Hey, since I've turned 18 I haven't been able to find any writing competitions. Would you be able to recommend some?

Casey Cardinia Library Corporation said...

Hi Alice, Below are a couple of links to follow of writers groups in Australia. They both have competitions attached.


I hope this helps.

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