Only Ever Yours by Louise O'neillOnly Ever Yours by Louise O'neill

Only Ever Yours

byLouise O'neill

Paperback | March 8, 2016

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Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. In Louise O'Neill's world ofOnly Every Yourswomen are no longer born naturally, girls (called "eves") are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. freida and isabel are best friends. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions--wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives--life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)--are too horrible to contemplate.
But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty--her only asset--in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. freida must fight for her future--even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known.
Louise O'Neillwas 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. While in New York, she also worked as an assistant stylist on a number of high-profile campaigns. She is currently working as a freelance journalist for a variety of Irish na...
Title:Only Ever YoursFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.25 × 1.12 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1681449579

ISBN - 13:9781681449579


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A terrifying truth behind this story I had several emotions when reading this book: shock, horror, anger, (some) sympathy. This novel focuses on many issues that women go through in this day and age but multiplied by 100. A lot of it reminded me of Handmaid's Tale. I was a little disappointed with the ending but I guess the truth is that a lot of these issues don't come with a happy ending in real life.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark. And a tad terrifying. I must admit that the premises of the book reminded me of Atwood's work but for me O'Neill's talent resides in the mirror she offers our society. If some of the developments in the books could be seen from almost the beginning, it is with her dark distorting commentary on our consumer culture and our cult of beauty that O'Neill really distinguishes herself. With an ending that does not seem to offer the possibility of redemption, her novel points to the pitfalls of a society such as ours.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Got into it but was disappointed with the ending It was great read, that kept me interested, but I wasn't fond of the ending.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark but great As mentioned in the other reviews, this does seem like Handmaid's tale for YA readers. That said, the story still felt relevant and was totally engrossing. This was dark but poignant.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neo-Handmaid's Tale Honestly, I expected more from this read. I found the ending disappointing, made less so when you factor in that there is no real hope for change- the drive to be in control of one's own destiny has been bred out of our protaginist. Still disappointing. Welcome to dystopian Earth! There are now three zones, each with their own wealth, culture and independence- but identical in many other ways. We find ourselves in the EuroZone, in the shoes of genetically modified freida as she and 29 other girls in their final year of "school", compete to be Companions, Concubines or Chastities. All females genetically engineered, hatched and are built to satisfy male desires and the sole purpose of the Companion designation is to breed males. For each year of freida and her classmates lives, they primp, prep and preen their way into rankings of beauty. Think America's Next Top Model (ANTP) on steroids, and much like ANTP, they are consumable goods. Considering the curent state of developed countries, this concept of women for use of consumption has been explored in better ways than this novel, however it's not to say that "Only Ever Yours" does a poor job of it, I just honestly did not feel as strongly about freida or isabel, as I have in other novels regarding the same subject matter. Look, freida is no Offred. freida's journey ultimately meets a frustrating culmination, which left me disappointed- as throughout the novel freida struggles with her internal desire to be herself, but it never really materializes. What I would suggest is that this is read by early to late teen readers, which ultimately it is aimed at. The story is more easily digested and contemporary to the youth driven consumerist culture and a gateway to more indepth works of the same ilk (looking at you Handmaid). What I actually found most interesting, and would have liked to have delved into deeper was the glints of the world outside of the "school"- specifically the outside stories of Companions of the past, the full and utter lack of empathy for women who were Companions and the treatment of those who did not perform. Don't get me started on the mandatory Termination Date. Lastly, you know exactly what you're getting into when the names of all women in this story are all lowercase. Way to really drive home the "property" point.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! The novel was thought provoking and deeply frightening in how believable the futuristic society the characters live in has become. I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED This is a great story. Very much a modern Handmaids Tale but with so much that hints at our society today. Females names aren't even spelt with a capital, like cassandra, showing how below men they are even in the simplest ways. Girls are separated into three categories, companion, conquest, or basically being a nun that even women themselves are supposed to shun or look at with distaste. Which seems to really mirror what is going on today. I loved the setting of the story, showing how things could be in a future that took on an extreme patriarchal society. Taking selected DNA from ideal women to create the most "beautiful" girls for men. Girls are obsessed with having the perfect body and their diets and exercise is monitored to make sure that they are up to standard. Girls should not question or have thoughts about important topics. They are not taught to read, and it's suggested that they have conversations about the "important" things like makeup or fashion etc. The book went by very quickly and I was really interested to find out what was going on surrounding Isabel. I really liked Freda and near the end I was really positive about her having a better future than the other girls. I liked the ending and felt satisfied that everything was tied up, even if it wasn't the ending I wanted. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read Read this book on my summer holiday, not the lightest or happiest of books but a good thought provoking dystopia.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! Only Ever Yours is a must read for 2015. I highly recommend this cautionary tale I found it hard to put down.
Date published: 2015-05-13

Editorial Reviews

"A beautifully written, remarkable debut. the near-future world, after a climate-change apocalypse, is fully imagined and vividly realized. The claustrophobic, insular lives of 16-year-old girls as they struggle against themselves and each other will ring eerily true for today's teens." - Common Sense Media