Only Ever Yours
WINNER OF THE BOOKSELLER’S INAUGURAL YA BOOK PRIZE 2015
WINNER OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOKS IRELAND EILIS DILLON AWARD 2015
WINNER OF THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2014
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR LANCASHIRE’S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015
“A dark dream. A vivid nightmare. The world O’Neill imagines is frightening because it could come true. She writes with a scalpel”
– Jeanette Winterson
“Utterly magnificent . . . Gripping, accomplished and dark”
– Marian Keyes
“Disturbing, provocative . . . I was utterly captivated from beginning to end.”
– Gabriel Byrne
freida and isabel have been best friends their whole lives.
Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions – wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative – life as a concubine – is too horrible to contemplate.
But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty – her only asset – in peril.
And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.
freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known…
ONLY EVER YOURS was published in the UK on 3rd July 2014 by Quercus. The US edition was released on 12th May 2015.
“If the Hunger Games was your guilty pleasure then young Irish author Louise O’Neill’s ONLY EVER YOURS is about to become another…
Dark and gripping.”
– Irish Tatler
“Compelling writing and a brutal conclusion means this only-too-real dystopia grips from beginning to end.”
– SFX magazine
“Deep, dark and frighteningly believable. This story will stay with you for a long time.”
– Marie-Claire magazine
“A witty and unsettling story…Hopefully ONLY EVER YOURS will be read widely.”
“A sparkling debut that will really make you think.”
– Heat magazine
“Terrifying but captivating.”
– Company magazine
“I loved it… It’s like Mean Girls meets The Handmaid’s Tale.”
– The Vagenda
“It has the bleakness of Catcher in the Rye, the satire of The Stepford Wives, and it made me recall how scared I felt reading Nineteen Eighty-Four…But by far the best thing about Louise O’Neill’s book is that it is well written, by a fresh and original talent… It’s a great young adult read for the summer.
– Irish Independent
“In ONLY EVER YOURS elements of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Orwell’s 1984, The Bible and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History convene on a teen bubblegum set in the twisted – but scarily recognisable – world of O’ Neill’s debut.”
– Irish Sunday Independent