Asking for it / Louise O'Neill.

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      Summary: "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. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstep of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there in a hurry ... [Relates] the devastating effects of rape and public shaming, told through the awful experience of a young woman whose life is changed forever by an act of violence."--Provided by publisher.
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      Publisher's Weekly, February 2016
      Booklist, March 2016
      Publisher's Weekly
      Young Adult Follett Library Resources
      Young Adult
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      O’NEILL, L. Asking for it. [s.l.] : Quercus, 2016. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 maio. 2019.
    • AMA:
      O’Neill L. Asking for It. Quercus; 2016. Accessed May 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      O’Neill, L. (2016). Asking for it. Quercus. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      O’Neill, Louise. 2016. Asking for It. Quercus.
    • Harvard:
      O’Neill, L. (2016) Asking for it. Quercus. Available at: (Accessed: 23 May 2019).
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      O’Neill, L 2016, Asking for it, Quercus, viewed 23 May 2019, .
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      O’Neill, Louise. Asking for It. Quercus, 2016. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      O’Neill, Louise. Asking for It. Quercus, 2016.
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      O’Neill L. Asking for it [Internet]. Quercus; 2016 [cited 2019 May 23]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2016 March #2

Thanks to a surfeit of alcohol and drugs, gorgeous, 18-year-old Emma can't remember what happened that Saturday night, but everyone else knows when photographs start appearing on the Internet showing her being sexually abused and humiliated by a group of her male friends. Yet try though she might, Emma still can't remember that evening. Nevertheless, the boys are charged with rape, and, as a result, Emma becomes a pariah in her small Irish hometown, her Facebook page filled with hate messages calling her slut, bitch, whore, and worse. Meanwhile, her case has become an international cause célèbre when it is made the subject of a popular radio program. As her family begins to break apart, Emma becomes ever more self-hating and self-blaming. The words "my fault" become a mantra for her. But is it her fault? Emma seems never to consider that question, insisting to herself, instead, that she has ruined the boys' lives. As her own life becomes increasingly bleak, the novel veers dangerously close to melodrama. Nevertheless, it is a powerful cautionary tale that will appeal to older teens as well as to adult readers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 February #1

O'Neill (Only Ever Yours) again examines the ways in which society devalues the bodies and lives of girls, this time taking on the subject of sexual assault. Emma O'Donovan, 18, has always been praised for her beauty, and she walks a line between cruelty and kindness to bend everyone to her whims. One night Emma parties too hard, drinking and taking drugs until she passes out. The next day she learns that she was the victim of a Steubenville-like gang rape, and the boys involved have plastered horrific and explicit photos of the assault online. Soon everyone in Emma's tightknit Irish community has taken sides—mostly against her—and as a trial nears and the world watches, even Emma's family abandons her. O'Neill's treatment of how communities mishandle sexual assault and victimize its victims is unforgiving, and readers will despair to see Emma helpless in the face of injustice. It's a brutal, hard-to-forget portrait of human cruelty that makes disturbingly clear the way women and girls internalize sexist societal attitudes and unwarranted guilt. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)

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