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.
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Asking For It Book Review
Asking For It by Louis O'neill is about an ego maniac protagonist named Emma O'Donovan. O'neill is known for writing about societies problems in a twisted fiction land. O'neill has also written, Only Ever Yours.
Asking For It takes place in a small Irish town, in the eyes of Emma O'Donovan. Emma believes she's the most perfect person and, no one can reach the level of beauty she's at. When something tragic happens her best friends turn their back on her as her world gets completely torn apart. From beginning to end this book is a complete brain buster.
This book strongly gets 8 out of 10 stars, Asking For It reviews the sick twisted reality of society. This book is very gruesome but realistic. This book compares to "13 Reasons Why", what happens to Hannah Baker is similar to what happened to Emma. When Hannah got raped it tore her world apart, same for Emma.
Overall, this book is a good representation of the sick twisted society of today. No matter what the truth is, people believe what they want to believe.
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