Asking For It

Asking For It

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 42mm | 428g
  • Riverrun
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784295868
  • 9781784295868
  • 23,793

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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 * Blistering, unapologetic and vitally important -- Anna James 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 * Riveting . . . a timely, gripping and vital novel. * Western Mail * A razor-sharp look at gender issues - Glasgow Herald * Glasgow Herald * O'Neill has a keen ear for the catty argot of teenage girls and her writing is razor sharp . . . unsparing and unsentimental * Independent * Bold, brave . . . and brutal * Bookseller * A brave and important book about rape culture, sexism and victim-blaming in modern society. * Telegraph * A brutal, unflinching look at the culture of slut-shaming and trial by social media. It broke my heart. * Red Magazine * A stunning portrait of a girl, a family and a town in trouble * Irish Examiner * Heartbreakingly accurate . . . handled with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty. A compelling and brave story that deserves to be read by all * Heat * A difficult, confronting and vital read * Elle * 'Establishes Louise O'Neill as a literary tour de force' * Irish Independent * A brutal and shocking novel that strikes to the heart of the current debates around consent * Stylist * Brilliant, harrowing * Observer * 'Riveting and essential' * New York Times *
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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. She is currently working as a freelance journalist for a variety of Irish national newspapers and magazines. She lives in Clonakilty, west Cork, her website is and you can find her on Twitter @oneilllo
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8,262 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 37% (3,019)
4 40% (3,279)
3 17% (1,428)
2 5% (397)
1 2% (139)
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