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You Against Me by Jenny Downham
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Apr 28, 12

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Read in April, 2012

I tore through this book; downloaded it onto my iPad for my return trip from Vancouver. A very weird guy was sitting next to me who didn't read, sleep or watch TV the entire flight. He just stared straight ahead. Anyway, this book is highly readable. In an effort to get current with YA lit, I'm reading from the genre literature syllabus that will be taught at Pratt SILS this summer. This book, like Libba Bray's "Beauty Queens" has surprisingly strong feminist themes. The author assumes the voices of both the male and female protagonists and pulls it off. She dealt very even-handedly with the issue of sexual assault, but still manages to channel the fact that, despite the difficulties for the families of the victim and the aggressor, rape is never justifiable.

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