Review: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Asking-for-It-by-Louise-ONeill1Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Quercus
Pages: 341
Format: Library Book
Rating: ★★★★

After reading Only Ever Yours and not really understanding the message behind the piece, I thought I’d try Louise O’Neill’s latest book, Asking For It, with a very clear message about sexual consent and abuse. I knew from just looking at the book that it was going to be difficult to read, but I’m so pleased I did. Here’s why… Continue reading “Review: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill”

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Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

only ever yoursOnly Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Genre:
Feminist, Dystopian
Published by: Quercus
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Where to Find:
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‘Only Ever Yours’ was my first book of this genre, for the YA market. I think the only similar style think I’ve read is ‘Volpone’ by Ben Jonson, and that was for my English Lit course. I say the books are similar because they’re both satires, critiquing society in a way that isn’t overtly saying this is wrong. ‘Only Ever Yours’ was obviously written from a feminist perspective (I don’t know how this book could have been written any other way) and dealt with issues of materialism, body image, the objectification of women and female homosexuality. Overall, the five different ‘sections’ of the book all seemed very different, and I found it difficult to believe the ending was the same book as the beginning.
‘Only Every Yours’ is different from any other ‘dystopian’ style book because Frieda, the main character, doesn’t actually manage to break the society she lives in. She’s 100% subject to it, and can do nothing to change that, and in a way, that’s what gave this book a scarier feel than ‘The Hunger Games’.

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