Title: Asking For It
Author: Louise O’Neill
Publication Date: 3 September 2015 (UK), 5 April 2016 (USA)
Brief Synopsis: 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. But everyone else does.
Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes… (Courtesy of Goodreads)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 flowers! You can check out my full review of this book here, if you want to!
Why I think this is a must-read: This book is a powerful story about rape culture in the digital age, and 1) it will make you angry; 2) it will probably make you feel uncomfortable; 3) it will force you to confront your morality; and 4) it brings to the forefront issues our society tends to hide in the shadows: rape culture, slut-shaming, and sexual assault. Louise O’Neill knows these topics can no longer be taboo if we are truly to move forward as a society. And she didn’t pull any punches, practically slapping the reader in the face to start the conversation.
Favorite Quote: “I am not falling apart. I am being ripped at the seams, my insides torn out until I am hollow.”
Have you read Asking for It by Louise O’Neill? What did you think?