Monday, 30 November 2015

"Asking For It" by Louise O Neill | Book Review



It's officially, 100% Winter! That annual magical feeling of numb fingers and sniffle-ly noses is in the air! So, what could be better than cosy-ing up by the fire with a cup of tea and a book? Not much, at least in my mind!

That being  said, the book that I'll be reviewing today isn't an uplifting or amiable one. "Asking for It" by Irish author, Louise O' Neill deals with quite a serious, heavy hearted topic; sexual consent and a society's response to rape. This is Louise O' Neill's second novel, her first being "Only Ever Yours" which I am eager to read after finishing this one.

The story centres around Emma, a popular, confident but unlikeable 18 year old who is the face of beauty. One summer night, there is a house party and the village's local heroes are there. Emma goes along with one of these boys and then wakes up on her porch without any memory of the night before. She cruelly discovers what happens that night through social media and the whispers of her school mates. The story goes on to show how her friends and neighbours desert her and chose to ignore the crimes committed by their prized GAA players.

Honestly, when I finished the last page of this book (which I read in a matter of hours, that really just says it all), I was speechless. I didn't know how I felt. Most of all, I was shaken. It didn't take much stretch of the imagination to see this sort of thing happen in my own local town. It hard to read the stark and harsh truth about something that is shrouded in secrecy and shame in today's world, especially in Ireland. The hardest part of reading this book was the ending. In a story where it all seems to be doom and gloom, we hope for a happy ending. But unfortunately, this isn't a fairytale, it's a story of real life events and real life doesn't always have a fairytale ending. This book showed me that when dealing with rape, there are no winners, just lives changed forever.

I think this is a book everyone should read. Male or female, young or old, it is relevant to you. It raises so many poignant questions about social media, double standards and society as a whole. It gets us to think about how rape victims are treated and how they are marginalised in society. 

Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.


9 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh this sounds like an incredibly moving book, I think it is something that is spoken about a lot, but the fact someone has written about it shows how important it is to talk about it more. I think I will try and get this book!
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    1. It's pretty shocking in some parts all right. However, it definitely is a must read! 💞

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  2. This book sounds incredibly insightful about consent and rape Something that I would definitely want to increase my understanding and awareness of as it is such a relevant topic today x

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  3. It is! It definetly opened my eyes to the topic! A must read!

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  4. This is definitely going on my "to-read" list, it sounds like an important read!
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  5. Oh my gosh, I read this book back in November and I can honestly say it was one of the most shocking and gripping books I've read in a very long time! The ending, like you said, pretty much hit me like a ton of bricks! I was so shocked because it's so real. I never expected it to be so abrupt yet 'normal' as that's probably the way many girls' stories who are victims of rape have ended too! It really had me angry and frustrated for this girl who was fictional but yet so real. I absolutely loved the book and like yourself, would highly recommend it! It opens your eyes to the real life tragedy of rape. Fantastic read xxx

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    1. EXACTLY! You really want the ending to be full of roses and smiles with everyone laughing, but that wouldn't be realistic. It really hits home how rape victims are treated in comparison to how victims of any crime. Have you read Louise O' Neill's other book? I've been meaning to for ages but haven't got a chance to yet!

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