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.
'A soul-shattering novel that will leave your emotions raw. This story will haunt me forever. Everyone should read it' Guardian In a small town where everyone knows everyone, Emma O'Donovan is different. She is the special one - beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way. Until that night ...Now, she's an embarrassment. Now, she's just a slut. Now, she is nothing. And those pictures - those pictures that everyone has seen - mean she can never forget. For fans of Caitlin Moran, Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult. BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015. The award-winning, bestselling novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
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'Riveting and essential'
New York Times
'Brilliant, harrowing' Observer
'A brutal and shocking novel that strikes to the heart of the current debates around consent' Stylist
'Establishes Louise O'Neill as a literary tour de force'
'A difficult, confronting and vital read' Elle
'Heartbreakingly accurate... handled with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty. A compelling and brave story that deserves to be read by all' Heat
'A stunning portrait of a girl, a family and a town in trouble' Irish Examiner
'A brutal, unflinching look at the culture of slut-shaming and trial by social media. It broke my heart.' Red Magazine
'A brave and important book about rape culture, sexism and victim-blaming in modern society.' Telegraph
'Bold, brave ... and brutal' Bookseller
'O'Neill has a keen ear for the catty argot of teenage girls and her writing is razor sharp ... unsparing and unsentimental' Independent
'A razor-sharp look at gender issues' - Glasgow Herald Glasgow Herald
'Riveting ... a timely, gripping and vital novel.' Western Mail
'A nuanced and insightful commentary on the intricacies of teenage female friendship and the internal and external pressures that young women face as they reach adulthood' Irish Mail on Sunday
'Blistering, unapologetic and vitally important' -- Anna James
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
|Publication date:||7th July 2016|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 BarlokMore About Louise O'Neill