Random House. Young Adult. Paperback RRP $24.95
Reviewed by Barbara Brown
Mikey’s fifteen year-old sister, Karyn, says a boy has raped her. Ellie is the same age as Karyn and goes to the same school. Ellie’s older brother, Tom, is the boy Karyn has accused.
Socio-economically, Ellie and Mikey are worlds apart. Ellie comes from a well-to-do family, with a big house and holidays overseas. Mikey lives in the housing estates in the middle of town. Ellie and Mikey would never normally meet, however Mikey is out for revenge for his sister. He didn’t know Tom had a younger sister, a girl who from the first time they meet, steals Mikey’s heart.
The two try to hide their feelings from each other and their respective families, but when Ellie changes her story about the night Karyn is allegedly raped, all families are thrown into turmoil and Ellie has only one person she can turn to… Mikey.
you against me is a modern day story with hints of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Jenny Downham has captured issues that face many teenagers. The ending is unexpected and the outcome is left unresolved. I think there is a second book to come and if not, my imagination is left to finish the story my way.