Asking For It by Louise O'neillAsking For It by Louise O'neill

Asking For It

byLouise O'neill

Paperback | January 9, 2018

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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 chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma.

Asking For It is a powerful story about the devastating effects of rape and public shaming, told through the awful experience of a young woman whose life is changed forever by an act of violence.

Louise O'Neill is the author of Only Ever Yours, which won the YA Book Prize, among other distinctions. She 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 and YA author.
Title:Asking For ItFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 7.7 × 5.25 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:7.7 × 5.25 × 1.1 inPublished:January 9, 2018Publisher:MobiusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681445352

ISBN - 13:9781681445359

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Was thoroughly disappointed I was SO SO excited for this book and turned out to be really disappointed. I made it to page 60 and the book was not doing it for me. the problems I found were: 1) Really relaxed writing - Like so much so that it was confusing. I never knew who was speaking, what they were saying, and why they were saying it. And ALL the characters sounded and acted the same 99% of the time. And leading into that, 2) the main character was impossible to connect with- on top of the really relaxed writing style we got no thought process from the character except when she was being a b***h to her friends and she was almost 'justifying' her actions in her head. I couldn't stand the main character she was so self centered and absorbed in her looks and horrible to the people she called her best friends.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She does it again. After the disturbing "Only Ever Yours", O'Neill explores the reality surrounding rape culture in the digital age. More then the difficulties surrounding surviving a rape that has been caught on camera, O'Neill explores the difficulties faced by young women today.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another dark one from O'Neill Read this after loving "Only Ever Yours". This was a very sad and dark book but the realism definitely made it heart-wrenching. This stayed with me for a long time after reading.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading An incredibly hard, yet important, book to read.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing I would like to say that I recommended this book for everyone because I believe everyone should read this book. It is devastating that the plot of this book is not unheard of and rings true. We need to step-up as a community, this is not okay and never has been okay. This book is extremely valuable to read for anyone, whether you enjoy reading or not, whether you are male or female, young or old, please consider reading this book. Think Speak, think All the Rage, Asking For It is 10x more explicit and I would even say more beneficial to read. Louise O'Neill 's writing is raw and exposed. There is no beautifying the circumstances, actions and beliefs of the characters. This is very important for this book. I was in awe. I loved the writing, the framework, the dialogue, the diction and the pace. Every word she wrote served a purpose, an underlying message if you dared to seek it. I give this book 5/5 stars because it touched me, the writing was superb, the story and message were excellent and I was overwhelmed by the truth and vulnerability of the characters. Also of course the astonishing writing
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So important This story is one that's so important to tell and I applaud Louise O'Neill for doing it. You won't be happy for a minute reading this, but it's worth it.
Date published: 2016-11-13

Editorial Reviews

"Asking for It raises hard questions about how society treats rape victims in a way that few other YA books on this subject tend to do. O'Neill's writing is unflinching in its depiction of Emma's pain: raw and harrowing and terribly real. It is provocative in its brace and honest exploration of rape culture and victim-shaming. This powerful book begs to be discussed, and will stay with readers long after they put it down."-Worlds of Words