Having read three books recently that focused quite specifically on classic literature and the Victorian period, I decided to shake things up again and grab something much more contemporary for my next read. Options were aplenty, with multiple titles jumping out at me desperate to be read. In the end, however, I decided on an author that I had told myself I was going to go back to, but had never found the time until now; Louise O’Neill. Louise has made quite a name for herself in the both the YA and wider literary world. Her first novel, Only Every Yours, was a massive success, compared to the likes of Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I for one really enjoyed it, so I approached her second novel Asking for It, with pretty high expectations, especially considering the praise it had already gotten from such a vast audience.
Asking for It is set in a small town in Ireland, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and every event is something to be commented upon. Emma O’Donovan lives here, but she is different. She’s beautiful, special, loved by all the boys and envied by all of the girls. Her popularity gives her power and she’s determined to keep it that way. Yet even Emma is not immune from the consequences of what happens that night. Now she is nothing, reduced to meager body parts, her pictures spread everywhere, the word slut hounding her every day. Emma is beautiful, she loved to flirt, she thrived on tiny dresses and skirts – she was asking for it, wasn’t she?