You Against Me by Jenny Downham

You Against Me
by Jenny Downham

Pages: 413
Release Date: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Source: For Review from Publishers
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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.

My Thoughts
You Against Me was a book I adored. It was really enjoyable and realistic too. I never read any books by Downham before so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’m glad I picked this up. It had a great storyline so I had no problem in getting into the world of Ellie and Mickey.

In You Against Me, Mickey discovers that his sister has been assaulted at a party and so his world comes crashing down. Meanwhile, Ellie life doesn't get any better as it is her brother who has been charged of the assault. When their two worlds collide, anything can happen.

I completely loved Micky. I adore how much he loves his family and would do anything for them. Though, there were times that I had to question his actions but everyone has flaws. I just love reading about him and getting to know him better. Ellie is also another great character. She's very vulnerable yet very sweet. And so I just loved their scenes together. It's a love story and a great one too. I loved seeing their relationship grow and develop. The chemistry and everything is together, their simply perfect for each other.

The story alternates between Ellie and Mickey but also gives us a great glimpse at their families. Their expectations and thoughts. Elllie and Mickey are from different worlds and it's a wonder to see how they would get along. Downham's writing is unbelievable good. It's completely honest and very real.

You Against Me was so good! It's a fantastic novel. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Jenny Downham! Read this, you're missing out on something that's simply awesome!


  1. I really should read this! Thanks for the review!

  2. Good to here there's good chemistry between them! I really want to read this one, it sounds dark but great. Fab review, glad you enjoyed it! :)

  3. I liked the synopsis. Quite different. Great review and glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I really liked this book, too. And might even be inclined to pick up the author's debut some time soon.

    I especially love the cover:).

  5. Wonderful review, I'm so easily persuaded to buy a book when someone says that I miss out one something if I don't :)

  6. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. It seems like such a powerful book and very interesting as well. Thanks for the review! =)

  7. this has been sat on my TBR since it came out and I cant wait to get round to it! I must read it soon!! :D

  8. I recently read this too, I loved SOO much!! It's so much better then Downham's first novel. Truly specular, the characters are really real.

  9. Sounds like an amazing book, thanks for the awesome review! And I love the name Micky (:


  10. Wow this book sounds seriously fantastic...I am loving the Brother/Sister dynamics in books lately. I have a twin brother, and I've always wanted to write about our effed up adolescence lol

  11. This book looks very very good

  12. The book looked good, I think I'll mark it as a to-read.

  13. Definitely looks like an intersting book, think I'll give it a try.

  14. Powerful storyline. This sounds just like the kind of books I like to read. I am not familiar with the author, but love to find new authors to try.


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