BOOK BLITZ: Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill


Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill 
Release Date: 05/12/15
Quercus/Hachette
398 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. In Louise O'Neill's world of Only
Every Yours women are no longer born naturally, girls (called
"eves") are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. Freida and Isabel are best friends.

Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions--wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives--life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)--are 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.

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Praise for Only Ever Yours
"Terrifying and heartbreaking,
O'Neill's story reads like an heir to Margaret Atwood's The
Handmaid's Tale
and M.T. Anderson's Feed, and, like those
books, it's sure to be discussed for years to come."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"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

"An ingenious exploration of gender roles,
female identity, and female competition."
—Buzzfeed

“Unbelievably believable, compelling, utterly
riveting... Whilst it is dark, uncompromising and utterly daunting to read
as a woman, it is and should be a classic in the making."
—Liz Loves Books


About the Author
Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on
to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.

She went from hanging out on set with A-list celebrities to spending most of
her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.

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