Asking for it

by Louise O'Neill

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September 2015 Book of the Month.

A courageous, unflinching and emotionally challenging novel, focusing on sexual consent and the issues surrounding social media commentary and uprisings. Covering two time periods, a year apart, a vivid picture emerges of Emma. Emma is a fascinating character, bright and beautiful, she loves to be the centre of attention, however she is manipulative and able to use her looks to her advantage. Beneath the surface, there is much more to discover, and as her story is written in the first person, a fuller picture of Emma starts to emerge. Louise O’Neill describes the events that occur with consideration, yet most importantly with a frank honesty, meaning at times this is not only an uncomfortable but also achingly difficult read. Distressing, bleak yet compelling, this is a significant novel that will encourage contemplation and discussion, about a painful and challenging subject. This title is recommended for older teens due to the content. ~ Liz Robinson

 

Liz Robinson

Asking for it Synopsis

It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes ...

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Asking for it Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Helen Clare - 'It is compelling and insightful and handles well the negative aspect of social media. Highly recommended for young adults and adults alike.'
  • Karen - 'This is an extremely powerful and thought provoking story and the writing is at times brutal. It raises issues of taking responsibility for yourself and the question of consent.'
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'This is a brave, unflinching examination of consent, social media and social attitudes to sexual politics. Not for the faint hearted. Superb.'
  • Genevieve McAllister - 'A morality tale for the 21st century, I felt sickened and saddened reading this.  It should be compulsory reading for teenage girls and boys everywhere.'
  • Beth Kemp - 'Asking For It is hard to label as enjoyable, because in many ways it’s excruciating, but it certainly had me hooked.'
  • Katy Noyes - 'To say this 'makes a good point' is an understatement. It's powerful, explicit on more than one occasion (parental advisory: not for primary-aged readers) and very, very important.'
  • Julie Evans - 'A story which brings a different perspective to the age of the Smartphone, highlighting the potential damage it can cause to the individual and subsequent consequences to their families.'
  • Gill Dally-FItzsimons - 'Uncomfortable...Compelling...Heartbreaking...I couldn't put this book down, it really makes you think, the reactions, emotions and feeling of Emma and her family are so raw and convincing.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Wow, this book was just amazing. Really gripped to the book, didn't want it to end...'

Asking for it Press Reviews

'Deserves to be read by young and old, male and female, the world over, in the same way Harry Potter and The Hunger Games were'
Sunday Independent

'I loved it ... it's like Mean Girls meets The Handmaid's Tale'
Vagenda

'Like all the best dystopias, Only Ever Yours is really about the world we live in now'
Irish Times

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ISBN: 9781784295868
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784295868
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Author: Louise O'Neill
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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About Louise O'Neill

Louise O'Neill was born in west Cork in 1985. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin and has worked for the senior Style Director of American Elle magazine. While in New York, she also worked as an assistant stylist on a number of high-profile campaigns. She is currently working as a freelance journalist for a variety of Irish national newspapers and magazines, covering feminist issues, fashion and pop culture.   Author photo © Miki Barlok

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