Monday, November 21, 2011
Review: You Against Me by Jenny Downham
The blurb: 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: I thought this was a perfectly executed contemporary YA novel. It had everything from the messed up relationships, the realistic dialogue, to the excitement and action that readers are looking for. I found myself pulled along the thin line of this story line, following along with each and every bump along the way. And the nice thing about it? The characters were sincere and genuine, they jumped off the page and tackled you as the story unraveled. I really enjoyed Mikey and Ellie as a couple because at first, they're using each other, but they really feel something, and they want to be together, so they throw caution to the wind and pretty much betray both of their families to be with one another. Ahh and I won't tell you how it ends since most contemporary books have that satisfying ending, and this one didn't have an ending at all. I actually got to the end and thought that's it? Because one of the crucial parts of the plot was intentionally left out, showing that the story was more about Mikey and Ellie than about Ellie's brother Tom.
All in all this was an excellent and quick read for me and I recommend it if you're into contemporary and want something a little different to disappear in.