Asking For It
It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident.
One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.
The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there.
She doesn't know why she's in pain.
"Asking for It" follows Emma as she tries to deal with the aftermath of a brutal gang rape, as well as the lack of support and slut shaming she receives from her parents and most of her small town who believe that she was "asking for it". Unlike "Speak", Emma ultimately chooses to withdraw her report against her attackers, and they pretty much get away with their crime. (less) (hide spoiler)]
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Emma exists. She’s everywhere. Where you are, where I am, where everyone is. There are Emmas all over the world.
Which is why it’s so important for people to read this book.
Rape cases happen so often that we’ve come to trivialize them in our culture, it’s true. The word rape has always had a negative connotation to it, and it still does (no one wants to talk about it), but it’s still not taken seriously enough.
And we ha ...more
Asking For It is about what happens to eighteen-year-old student Emma O'Donovan after she is raped at a party by a group of boys on the school football team. She doesn't understand what's happened to her, until photos o ...more
Everybody must read this. It should be read in school, uni, book clubs. By parents and by teenagers. By you! This is a highly underrated novel and needs way more attention.
This was incredible. I can't say I enjoyed reading it, because I did not. It made me feel uneasy, uncomfortable, queasy, angry, sad, and very very hopeless.
The writing itself is awesome, the characters intruiging. You don't really bond with them, becau ...more
Asking For It will hit you hard in emotional places you didn’t even know you had. Louise O’Neill has some stark truths to put in front of us and boy does she do that without giving you ANY room to wriggle away or hide from them. This book SHOULD, assuming you are a human being, make you mad as all hell. Because sadly every single little bit of the story could be, has been and will be something that happens. Happened. Will happen again…unless we change an awful lot of attitudes.
also, note - im rating this for the book itself (i did not like the writing style, the abundance of characters and lack of evident transitions made it difficult to follow the story, i found the main character difficult to empathise with, etc.). if i was rating this based on the message alone, it would probably get four stars because i cannot state how important it is for a story like this to be told. sure, the execution wasnt for me, but that doesnt diminish the need for awar ...more
This is one of those books that still has impact after a second reading. Honestly my heart is so full right now... But I think it's so full because of the realities of this book and real world cases that we've all heard about.
A girl dresses in what is termed a provocative manner...
But why is her body immediately sexualised? Why can't she dress in fashion-forward feminine clothing because she likes the way she looks??? Why is it always assumed that a short skirt ...more
While the message of this novel is very important I cannot say that the hype is deserved. To be perfectly honest I would have preferred if O'Neill had just penned an essay, an essay stating her views and the point she's trying to get across. I feel she couldn't wrap a successful n ...more
IT IS NOT OKAY TO TOUCH SOMEONE WITHOUT CONSENT. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS REAL AND RAPISTS AREN'T GETTING THE SENTENCES THEY DESERVE! It is outrageous, the overwhelming rape ...more
This book was so badly written??? I really don't see the hype at all. I was excited to read this as it addresses rape culture and apparently has HIGH reviews here on goodreads but I was let down tremendously.
First of all, there were too many characters to keep track of. It suddenly jumps from one character to another which was really confusing. There also wasn't any introduction of the characters' appearances/characteristics. None of the characters w ...more
The story is about Emma O'Donovan. In any other YA novel, she would be the Queen Bee, the Mean Girl, the ultimate Bitch everyone loves to hate and hates to love. As the book is from her point of view, we get to read her thoughts and feelings unedited, however shallow and narcisstic they may be. She is constantly making sure that boys notice her, and if they don't, she wonders why. She is jealous of her friends, h ...more
With recent books like What We Saw and Wrecked, Asking For It is a pertinent entry into society's must need discussion on the subject of sexual consent. This particular plot line takes place in contemporary Ireland and is from the viewpoint of rape victim, Emma/Emmie O'Donovan.
Let me be straight forward in saying that it is quite possible that readers are not going to like Emma. Emma is not the virginial shy girl in the corner that Hollywood likes to use as their cookie c ...more
I've been meaning to read this one for ages and I'm so glad I got around to it.I literally couldn't put it down and I had it finished in less than a day.Asking For It is a devastating novel which explores one of the most relevant but ignored aspects of our society today, rape culture.Eighteen year old, Emma O'Donovan suddenly becomes a victim of this when she awakens the day after a party to discover revealing photographs of her from the night before, posted online.S ...more
* Tackles a very sensitive but important topic - sexual assault and its aftermath
* It’s very eye-opening, very difficult to read and it leaves you with a nauseous feeling, because it’s very rooted in reality
* Unlikable protagonist, but I really like that the author chose to write the main character this way, to make the point that no matter what kind of people they are, victims are still victims
* I loved the writing - raw, unapologetic, intense
* Ambiguous ending, because there’s no cl ...more
I also read this book for my Young Women's Hometown Book Club (it worked out nicely).
I enjoyed the read but at times it dragged on. I felt like I was enjoying it more than normal because the discussions that were taking place with the book were very good and captivating, but the book itself had a lot of dull moments.
I real ...more
The subject topics contained in this novel are deep, it tackles the negativity of social media, rape and life changes in an instant. Emma is an eighteen year old girl who has everything she could ever want and when a party comes up, she goes along. But in the follow ...more
― Louise O'Neill, Asking For It
This is a book that makes you feel.
Any reader of realistic fiction Should not miss this one.
Of all the many books that I have read about rape culture this maybe the most bleak. Emma is a young woman who finds herself passed out on her own front doorstep.
When she awakens she is unable to recall The circumstances that led to this. As details come out about what happened to her, E ...more
The most striking thing about As ...more
The first chapters allow the reader to get to know Emma. She isn't the sweet, innocent girl and I actually wouldn't want her as a friend. But I think this was intentional, because it doesn't matter how sweet, flirty, bitchy, sexy the girl is. If she doesn't want it, you accept it and leave her the hell alone.
How everyone reacted after the rape was just heartbreaking. Even more so, when you realised that this happens way to often. Because w ...more
I am angry things like that - let's call it what it is : rape ; I'm angry that someone being raped could be treated like it's their fault. IT'S NOT. And it never will.
And let's be fucking clear one second :
- if you call a girl a slut for having sex with more than one guy, and she ends up being raped, you're part of the pr ...more
Asking For It is probably one of the first books I have ever read that deals with rape culture and victim blaming, that is a fictional book at least. And god is it an important topic, one that isn't discussed nearly enough.
Emma O'Donovan is beautiful and popular, and has a lot of clout and control over her life in her tiny Irish town. Everyone knows her and everyone loves her, at least until one summer night where her life changes. She can't remember what happened, but she can see the ...more
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