Publisher:David Fickling Books
Publish Date: July 7, 2011
Paperback, 413 pages
Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction, Young Adult
I was captivated when I heard about this book so I grabbed it when it came available through Amazon Vine.
First off, this deals with some tough subjects. Mikey's sister claims she was assaulted by Ellie's brother. Mikey is upset by this and as a man he doesn't know how to handle it. His sister won't leave the house and it seems like the boy will end up getting off for the crime. Mikey and his friend decided to take matters into their own hands one night and end up crashing Ellie's brother's welcome home party. But then Mikey meets Ellie. And there is where the book begins.
Ellie is trapped in a world she can't seem to get out of. All of her house seems to revolve around her brother and then all of that comes crashing down when her brother is accused of assault and goes to jail. Ellie feels imprisoned in her own life until she meets the gatecrasher at her brother's party and then she feels inspired to do things she never wanted to do before.
But it's a Romeo and Juliet type romance and it's doomed from the start, or is it? There are so many complexities in this book and Ms. Downham works through them in amazing ways. It took me a little bit to get into the book, but once I got use to the British terminology and the beginning of the story worked itself out, I was entranced and found myself unable to put the book down. I needed to know what would happen to Mikey and Ellie and their families next. Te book puts you through the ringer, but in a good way. It deals with heavy subjects, makes you think, but all the time makes you believe in love, or at least hope.
I like the hope of the novel, yes it's heavy, yes it's sad in parts, but there is hope throughout. To me this is a must-read. It's a great contemporary and I'm glad I read it. Give it a try, it just might be the book you've been looking for.
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
Parental guidance: Some language and sexual references and some sex that takes place mostly off page. This book deals with mature subjects, so I suggest it for ages 15+.
About the Book:
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.
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