Asking For It

*   Voted Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015  *

*  Honored by the American Librarian Association, Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult publishing  *


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 . . .


ASKING FOR IT was published on 3rd September 2015 by Quercus.  It has spent 34 weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list.


UK hardback edition

“Riveting and essential”
– New York Times

“Brilliant, harrowing”
– Observer

“A brutal and shocking novel that strikes to the heart of the current debates around consent”
– Stylist

“Establishes Louise O’Neill as a literary tour de force”
– Irish Independent

“A difficult, confronting and vital read”
– Elle

“Heartbreakingly accurate . . . handled with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty. A compelling and brave story that deserves to be read by all”
– Heat

“A stunning portrait of a girl, a family and a town in trouble”
– Irish Examiner

“A brutal, unflinching look at the culture of slut-shaming and trial by social media. It broke my heart.”
– Red Magazine

“A brave and important book about rape culture, sexism and victim-blaming in modern society.”
– Telegraph

“This unflinching, timely novel asks important questions about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity”
Anita Sethi, Observer

“Bold, brave . . . and brutal”
– The Bookseller

“O’Neill has a keen ear for the catty argot of teenage girls and her writing is razor sharp . . . unsparing and unsentimental”
– Independent

“A razor-sharp look at gender issues”
– Glasgow Herald

“Riveting . . . a timely, gripping and vital novel.”
– Western Mail

“A nuanced and insightful commentary on the intricacies of teenage female friendship and the internal and external pressures that young women face as they reach adulthood.”
– Irish Mail on Sunday



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