You Against Me, by Jenny Downham (2011)

Genre: Contemporary Realism
Interest level: 14-adult
You Against MeThis is Downham’s second novel, after the critically acclaimed debut Before I Die. She follows up with a moving and authentic tale of revenge, helplessness and love set in London, told in alternating points of view. Mikey is bent on revenge after his sister is sexually assaulted, so tormented she can’t leave the flat and refuses to see or talk anyone, even her best mates. Ellie is devastated by the accusations against her brother, the brother she adores, who could not have committed such a horrible act. Their worlds are falling apart, and each one is determined to fix it, to do something, anything. Then they meet and the problems get even worse. It’s not a mystery, but it’s tension-filled, and Downham exquisitely portrays her protagonists’ pain, joy and resulting guilt and bewilderment in this novel where loyalty, love and truth collide and confuse.
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