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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 07/07/2016
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The second work of Young Adult Fiction from Louise O’Neill, Asking For It is an uncomfortable but important read that shines a light on rape culture and victim blaming. It would have been an easier read if O’Neill had written it about a smart, sweet girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not. It is about Emma O’Donovan, a nasty, shallow girl from a small Irish town who has in the past encouraged a friend not to bring rape charges to those who violated her. She is a girl who loves male attention, who is a bully and who lies and cheats. She is a girl who goes to a party, who dresses provocatively, who drinks too much and who takes drugs. And she is a girl who wakes up on her front porch the next day in extreme pain, stinging with severe sunburn, peppered with bruises and sticky with vomit. She been clearly abused, and there are photographs of it all over the Internet. But as social media shares her shame, Emma blames only herself – it’s not just society that thinks she was asking for it, she does too. This is a fearless novel about sexual consent, and its discomfort is in part due to the fact that the reader will, even if fleetingly, some point wonder whether Emma was indeed at fault.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781784293208
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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' * Irish Independent *
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
This unflinching, timely novel asks important questions about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity -- Anita Sethi * Observer *

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“Heartbreaking :(”

Wow..

This is a book that definitely pulls at your heart strings and leaves you in a complete mess. You will be left thinking and re-thinking when you've finished it.

This is without a doubt one of the toughest... More

Paperback edition
30th September 2016
Helpful? Upvote 126
Louise at Southampton West Quay

“A Brutal Dose Of Honesty”

She's done it again. Eugh, this book will destroy you, but in the best way possible. I wanted to give it some time before writing this review, and I can honestly say that this novel has crept into my mind from... More

Paperback edition
1st February 2017
Helpful? Upvote 86

“#NotAskingForIt”

Emma is the epitome of the popular girl. She is thin and perfect and beautiful, and everyone wants to be her. She has a solid group of friends, she knows how to socialize, and she likes getting a response from boys;... More

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