Asking for it by Louise O'Neill

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Originally published as a YA novel, and now packaged in a new paperback for adults, this unflinching, timely novel (topical in the wake of the Stanford sexual assault case) asks important questions about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity.
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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.
 

About Louise O'Neill

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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.
 
Published April 5, 2016 by Quercus. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All About Romance

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Reviewed by E L Hussey on Apr 15 2016

This is a story that inflicts mixed emotions, from anger to confusion to sadness. It is is not easy-to-read and does not end with a happy ending, but it could potentially be successful in sparking an important dialogue that dismantles victim-blaming.

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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Jul 17 2016

Originally published as a YA novel, and now packaged in a new paperback for adults, this unflinching, timely novel (topical in the wake of the Stanford sexual assault case) asks important questions about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity.

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