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
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 163 x 233 x 26mm | 460g
  • riverrun
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781848664173
  • 52,158

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'Riveting and essential' New York Times
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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' * 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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About Louise O'Neill

Louise O'Neill is the feminist powerhouse and outspoken voice for change whose novels Only Ever Yours and Asking for It helped to start important conversations about body image and consent. Asking for It won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015 and stayed in the Irish Top Ten fiction chart for over a year. Only Ever Yours won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and the Bookseller YA Prize. Film/TV rights have been optioned on both books. Louise lives and works in West Cork, Ireland. She contributes regularly to Irish TV and radio, and has a weekly column in the Irish Examiner.
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20,632 ratings
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4 40% (8,265)
3 19% (3,823)
2 5% (1,009)
1 2% (342)
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