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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. Asking For It book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma. Everything about Louise O'Neill's second novel, Asking for It, is provocative. Asking For It by Louise O'Neill is the new Irish Times Book Club.

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Asking For It is one of the most shocking yet completely believable books I've probably ever read. I didn't enjoy it, it's not the kind of the book. Book Review: Asking For It by Louise O'Neill. 15 Shares. image description Cassie Delaney. It's summer time in small town Ireland and year-old Emma. But was she asking for it? I can honestly say that I have not read a book that affected me as much as this one did. I was so upset by the contents that my heart .

There is NO excuse for rape, or sexual assault. This is almost as distressing as the party scene, as the reader sees her world collapse, along with the rest of the family. The accused are experiencing things very differently to the victim and the rural community are taking sides.

Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill: brave, clever, provocative but relentless

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If you are human, leave this field blank. There are no strangers here, only friends that have not yet met - William Butler Yeats. Her parents find her dumped like a sack of rubbish on their doorstep the next day.

Reams of photos are posted online: Emma is comatose, naked, and splayed in various sexual positions, surrounded by a group of young men who then claim to be innocent. Further muddying the waters is the fact that Emma had consensual sex with one of her rapists earlier that night. Issues of appearance and self-esteem drive both narratives.

Women are viewed as playthings for men, with personalities and bodies made to measure: They have stamped their name all over it.

The girls in Ballinatoom are rivals instead of friends, even the mother characters whose one-upmanship is cleverly incorporated.

Men make choices and women shoulder blame, responsibility being at all times a female concern. Asking for It is arguably more chilling than the dystopian debut, as this is real Ireland, presented in painstaking detail.

Filled with ambiguities and perspectives, this is brave and clever writing from a relatively new voice in Irish fiction.

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All that change when she is found on her front doorstep, bruised and blistered, with no recollection of how she got there. She vaguely remembers a party, the previous night, and drinking copious amounts of booze, popping a pill and flirting her ass off.

After that, it is blank. When she returns to school, the next day, it becomes very obvious that something big has happened.

No one will talk to her, whispers and pointing fingers and everyone seems to know what happened at the party. When she discovers a facebook page, with photographs of her from that night, she begins to realise that her life has just collapsed.

But was she asking for it?

I can honestly say that I have not read a book that affected me as much as this one did. I was so upset by the contents that my heart was pounding in anger, my hands ached from clenched fists and my heart broke a little more with each page.

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I had to take a break, halfway through, but read it within four hours. There was no way I could have put this away for another day.

Instead of setting the book in a big city, or with older characters, she has used the cusp of adulthood for her protagonist, Emma, and shown how a young woman, with a cocky, self assured exterior, can be an insecure child underneath it all. The eighteen year old has been complimented on her extraordinary beauty since she was a baby and has learned to use this to her advantage.They put it up on social media and ruined her life, her friendships, her reputation, everything.

The victim's past and present, however inebriated or high or whatever she was, has nothing to do with the case.

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Consequences are rare and include pregnancy, regret, and shame. Why is she not allowed to let her hair down and believe that she will be safe from harm? There won't be a happy ending.