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Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
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it was amazing
bookshelves: drama-tearjerker, crime, dark-and-heavy, social-issues, great-for-book-clubs, read-and-reviewed, realistic-young-adult-fiction, literary-fiction
Recommended for: Very dark realistic YA Fiction
Read 2 times. Last read May 23, 2018.

“My body is not my own any more. They have stamped their names all over it.”
― 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, Emma finds herself adrift , traumatized and Unable to receive the help she needs from friends family or the legal system.

This was an exhausting read not an easy one. It is however A deeply moving novel and there was not one false note anywhere..hence the five stars.

This book contains graphic language and scenes and may be triggering to some people. If you do choose to read this, expect to feel a variety of emotions from empathy to sadness to deep outrage. The writing is superb And the subject matter is tough to tackle. The writer should be commended for writing a book that definitely differentiates itself from the pack and definitely marches to the beat of its own drum.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 19, 2018 – Shelved
May 19, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: drama-tearjerker
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: crime
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: dark-and-heavy
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: social-issues
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: great-for-book-clubs
May 23, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 9, 2019 – Shelved as: read-and-reviewed
May 13, 2019 – Shelved as: realistic-young-adult-fiction
July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: literary-fiction

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Babydimps (Suzy) Excellent review Bren! 😊

Bren Babydimps (Suzy) wrote: "Excellent review Bren! 😊"

Thank you Suzy. This book was gut wrenching but written so beautifully.

Bren Nicola wrote: "Another fantastic review Bren! 💞"

Thank you so much Nicola. That is much appreciated.

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