You Against Me By Jenny Downham
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Amazon Description: When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offense, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.
My Review: Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die, wins again with this gem that had me up all night reading, riveted from beginning to end. The plot was different from the norm (which I love) and the main characters were in a “star-crossed lovers” type situation. I couldn’t imagine how they could possibly end up together considering the dark circumstances that surrounded them. if you like angst, there is a lot of angst but the story is relatable and explores the effects of sexual assault on not only the victim and their family but the family members of the accused as well.
My Favorite Quotes From You Against Me:
- “It was strange how words meant something when they came out of your mouth. Inside your head they were safe and silent, but once they were outside, people grabbed hold of them.”
- “Her skin tasted expensive.”
- “We’ll kill him on the green with a five iron.”