Asking For It

Author(s): Louise O'Neill

Teen/Young Reader

Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma.The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there.To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"-photos she will never be able to forget.As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors choose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma.Contains mature themes.


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Winner of Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards: Book of the Year 2015 and Specsavers Irish Children's Book of the Year: Senior 2015. Shortlisted for "The Bookseller" YA Book Prize 2016.

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 Brilliant, harrowing Observer 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 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 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 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 Brilliant, harrowing Observer 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 A razor-sharp look at gender issues 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 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

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 louiseoneillauthor.com and you can find her on Twitter @oneilllo

General Fields

  • : 9781784293208
  • : Quercus
  • : Quercus
  • : July 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2016
  • : books

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  • : Louise O'Neill
  • : Paperback
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