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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

You won't forget this story

In this story, a girl by the name of Karyn (fifteen-years-old) says she was lured to Tom Parker's home and was "taken advantage of against her will." Tom Parker goes to court, and Karyn doesn't want to leave her house - simply because of the fact that society is what it...
In this story, a girl by the name of Karyn (fifteen-years-old) says she was lured to Tom Parker's home and was "taken advantage of against her will." Tom Parker goes to court, and Karyn doesn't want to leave her house - simply because of the fact that society is what it is and somehow Tom is the stud and she is the harpy. But this book doesn't revolve around these two characters. The center of this tale belongs to Mikey and Ellie. Mikey is the brother of Karyn. This is a young man who takes care of his two sisters and his mother, working constantly to provide protection for his all-female family. Mikey is a good boy but extremely tired of his life, and the whole mess with Karyn has angered him beyond belief. His younger sister, Holley, is someone he wants to watch over so she's not involved in this trouble. Karyn is housebound and barely eats anymore, while his mother drinks and disappears a great deal. All he wants is to head to Tom Parker's house and make him pay. From keying Tom's fancy canary-yellow car to dreaming of beating him to death, Mikey has no idea the next steps to take. Tom Parker is a jerk. But his sister, Ellie, loves him. She is the girl who was in the house when this 'horrific moment' took place, and she is the only witness who can truly say how guilty or how innocent her brother may be. Her father is a die-hard, tough lawyer who knows he will get his son out of this mess. While her mother is basically a society woman who simply shrugs her shoulders when her friends ask about the incident, smiles, and throws a party. In fact, she throws a rather large one when Tom is released on bail. She even has caterers bring the right food so everyone can have a ball. What happens? Mikey and Ellie find themselves falling for each other in the middle of this whole mess, and romance and loyalty to one's own family meet head-to-head. The struggles, tension, and almost 'serene beauty' of watching two innocent people try to find a way to be together while staying true to their loved ones is traumatic, sad, and extraordinary. Mikey and Ellie are the center of the violent tornado as they are pitted against each other to try and deal with the harsh topic of sexual assault. This amazing writer has done it again by reaching into the YA world as deeply as she possibly can to focus on issues that are "too difficult" to even think about, not to mention see play out in the real world. Quill says: No reader will forget this story!

posted by FeatheredQuillBookReviews on September 23, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

If you should happen to stumble upon it.

This type of book isn't one I would usually read but if you're like me sometimes you read books from the library too fast and the books you have on hold are not available yet you have to pick something else from the shelf. Now I was not disappointed with the story, actu...
This type of book isn't one I would usually read but if you're like me sometimes you read books from the library too fast and the books you have on hold are not available yet you have to pick something else from the shelf. Now I was not disappointed with the story, actually it was extremely interesting and seemed so believable. Rape is a serious issue and the way the writer delves into the characters' lives leaves you a little stunned. Not the most fast paced action packed book by far however the slower motions of the book are forgiven with the appeal of the intricate lives of these teens and their families.

posted by Faye_Kennet on October 18, 2011

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    You won't forget this story

    In this story, a girl by the name of Karyn (fifteen-years-old) says she was lured to Tom Parker's home and was "taken advantage of against her will." Tom Parker goes to court, and Karyn doesn't want to leave her house - simply because of the fact that society is what it is and somehow Tom is the stud and she is the harpy. But this book doesn't revolve around these two characters. The center of this tale belongs to Mikey and Ellie. Mikey is the brother of Karyn. This is a young man who takes care of his two sisters and his mother, working constantly to provide protection for his all-female family. Mikey is a good boy but extremely tired of his life, and the whole mess with Karyn has angered him beyond belief. His younger sister, Holley, is someone he wants to watch over so she's not involved in this trouble. Karyn is housebound and barely eats anymore, while his mother drinks and disappears a great deal. All he wants is to head to Tom Parker's house and make him pay. From keying Tom's fancy canary-yellow car to dreaming of beating him to death, Mikey has no idea the next steps to take. Tom Parker is a jerk. But his sister, Ellie, loves him. She is the girl who was in the house when this 'horrific moment' took place, and she is the only witness who can truly say how guilty or how innocent her brother may be. Her father is a die-hard, tough lawyer who knows he will get his son out of this mess. While her mother is basically a society woman who simply shrugs her shoulders when her friends ask about the incident, smiles, and throws a party. In fact, she throws a rather large one when Tom is released on bail. She even has caterers bring the right food so everyone can have a ball. What happens? Mikey and Ellie find themselves falling for each other in the middle of this whole mess, and romance and loyalty to one's own family meet head-to-head. The struggles, tension, and almost 'serene beauty' of watching two innocent people try to find a way to be together while staying true to their loved ones is traumatic, sad, and extraordinary. Mikey and Ellie are the center of the violent tornado as they are pitted against each other to try and deal with the harsh topic of sexual assault. This amazing writer has done it again by reaching into the YA world as deeply as she possibly can to focus on issues that are "too difficult" to even think about, not to mention see play out in the real world. Quill says: No reader will forget this story!

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Good Story,Bad ending.

    Great powerful plot, many girls can relate to the situation. Whether its through themselves or someone they know. Bad ending, you never find out what the verdict was on the boy charged with the assault!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    The name of this book is ¿You Against Me¿. The author of the boo

    The name of this book is “You Against Me”. The author of the book would be Jenny Downham. Jenny Downham is a bestselling author; who has won the Brandford Boase Award in the UK. She is a trained as an actor, and before writing she worked in alternative theater. Today Jenny Downham resides in London.
      Mikey McKenzie try’s to be the man of the house living with his mom and two younger sisters. He does whatever he can to try to protect them, but when his fifteen year old sister Karyn gets hurt by an older boy; Mikey takes things into his own hands. While trying to get revenge, he falls in love with the enemy’s sister Eleanor Parker while tearing two families’ apart.
    The point of the book is, the truth is always going to come out, and your feelings for somebody are always going to get away and miss things up.  Jenny D. the author was trying to say when writing this book, stick by those who are going to tell the truth and that are going to be there for you. So many people tell lies thinking it is going to help them, but in reality it just hurts them because the truth just eats them you up inside. 
    Coming from a reader who reads many romantic books this is a good book to read and like. This book gave a lot of emotions and always had more exciting “nail biting” events coming up. The book went in order of events that happened; more than two people in the book gave opinions, and it shown a bond of two people that couldn’t be broken. When things in your family between a brother and sister get hard always know there is someone always there looking out for you.
    Someone you could recommend this book to would be teenage girls around 16 to 18 year olds that like the feelings of wanting to know what is going to happen next, and romantic setting. The only downfall about this book at the end it leaves you with a cliffhanger. Over all this book was very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    You Against Me This book will warm your heart. I think this i

    You Against Me
    This book will warm your heart. I think this is a really good book. In this book the girls’ brother has a police record, that believe it or because he was framed. The girl’s step sister is trying to find the guy who framed him with her brother. The girl falls in love and as she is falling in love something goes seriously wrong. The girl is going through so many emotions because of her brother getting a criminal record. The sister is so young; she doesn’t know what’s going on. The setting mostly goes on at there is no general setting, just intermediate. The sister is falling in love with same guy, I don’t know about you, but I’m sensing some problems. I suggest this book to anyone who likes conflict and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    its an amazing story and very powerfull.

    its an amazing story and very powerfull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Good concept

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Great read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed this book. The only downfall is the ending. I find that the trial was such a major part of the story yet it kind of leaves you hanging at the end because you don't know who won/lost. Still, it's worth the read.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Great book!!

    Very good book. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Wonderful but....

    Im a little sad with the ending. Who won the case? But anyway the book was a page turner and had me wanting to read more the next day. And love the relationship between eillie and mickey.

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