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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 03/09/2015
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'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.

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.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781784295868
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 42 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
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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 85

“#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

Hardback edition
2 similar books recommended
5th August 2015
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