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Only Ever Yours
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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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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Bertha_Mason
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
Mehso-so

I'm very not okay after reading this. Scarringly sad and scary, and extremely triggering if you've experienced (non-exhaustive list) emotional abuse, medical abuse, rape, an eating disorder, and/or child sexual abuse (especially incest). The "so-so" is only because it's very white and cis. But at least it wasn't TERFy.

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Bertha_Mason
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill

"She is shining with indifference. I want her drugs the same way I used to want her beauty."
Mood.

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Bertha_Mason
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill

"I sit on my hands and watch myself in the mirrored walls, at this face that is so familiar yet which never feels as if it belongs to me. It is the property of the School, of the Zone, of my future Husband. This face is my worth, my value. This face is all that I have to offer and it isn‘t even mine."

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Bertha_Mason
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill

"Blackness swarms and I see nothing as the floor rises to meet me, to be my dancing partner."

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Bertha_Mason
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill

"My bones jostle underneath my skin, fighting to be the first one to pierce my flesh."

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Bertha_Mason
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill

I pray to the nameless shapeshifting genderqueer gawd/dyss of cluster B, trans freaks like me (praise be to rr holy identity disturbances) that this book doesn't turn out to be TERFy.

ShyBookOwl This book sounds terrifying and I need to read it! 5mo
Bertha_Mason @ShyBookOwl I hope you enjoy! :) 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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This book is set in a future in which girls are raised in schools to be attractive and compliant, and are prepared to be selected to become companions or concubines. A terrifying dystopia read.
#anglophileapril #fixyou

Cinfhen Sounds horrifying!!! 7mo
Kalalalatja I so want to read this! 7mo
Mdargusch Sounds like they are grooming Stepford Wives! 7mo
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sarahbarnes Terrifying idea!!😱😖 7mo
Reviewsbylola Something about that cover is super appealing! 7mo
emilyhaldi I thought the same thing!! @Mdargusch 7mo
Izai.Amorim Sounds like the last 2000 years to me... 7mo
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nicpears
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I really enjoyed this book even though it was heartbreaking. I recognized many of the feelings portrayed by the girls l, albeit less intensely, in myself and friends.

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Michellesibs
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Welcome to The School, where girls are designed and for the first sixteen years of their lives they are taught to calorie control, to look pretty at all time, to be controlled. They work out on running machines that tell them they are fat. They compete against their sisters to be the most beautiful girl in their school year. Every day of their lives is in preparation for the big day where the men chose their companion to birth their sons.

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erzascarletbookgasm
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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I have not read this, it‘s dubbed as The Handmaid‘s Tale meet Mean Girls. ‘Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl..‘
In a sinister school, girls spend their classes obsessively controlling their appearance and comparing themselves with their classmates. Girls are designed and trained in the art of pleasing men!

#septemberdanes #barbiegirl

Kalalalatja I‘m going with another of this author‘s book 😉 1y
Cinfhen Did u read this one @Kalalalatja it sounds good!!! 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen not yet, but I really want to! It sounds like a book for me 👌 1y
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Jessmac102
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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Do you ever find yourself furiously reading a Kindle book with NO IDEA how close you are to the end and then you turn the page and.....
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You‘re on the “acknowledgements” page?

I am done with this book and I can‘t believe it‘s over and I wasn‘t ready for it to be over, I‘M SO UNSATISFIED.

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JanJan
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Anyone read this?

Reviewsbylola I have not but it sounds very interesting!! 2y
BookwormM I have it on my TBR 2y
youneverarrived It‘s really good! 2y
Itchyfeetreader Yes I would recommend so long as you don‘t go in imaging It to be a YA Handmaids Tale. 2y
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Brie
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I got a strong Mean Girls/Handmaid‘s Tale vibe while reading this dark dystopian. frieda and isabel are best friends and “eves”, perfectly designed women sentenced to one of three paths: companion, concubine, or chastity. But isabel starts to self destruct their final year before they are chosen, and frieda pulls away too. A scathing look at female beauty, identity, and power or lack thereof.

8leagueboot Oh, this sounds right in my wheelhouse... 2y
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gpearce
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill

Struggling with all the girl hating but will keep pushing through.

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Beachesnbooks
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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My TBR stack for the #readathon tomorrow! I absolutely love participating in Dewey's and I think I have some great picks 📚 #30daysofreadathon @DeweysReadathon

JamieArc I read Slade House during last year's fall readathon and remember thinking it was a perfect pick. 2y
Beachesnbooks @JamieArc Oh great I'm so glad to hear that! 2y
melrailey Good luck! 2y
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youneverarrived
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freida and isabel were best friends but in their final year of 'school' isabel starts to distance herself from freida.

This is a bit like The Handmaid's Tale for young adults. 💯% recommend it! #girlfriends #anditsaugust

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reema
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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Half Stepford Wives and half The Handmaid's Tale with a dash of Mean Girls thrown in. I quickly got sucked into this book and had a very hard time putting it down.

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Oryx
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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Louise O'Neill is a fantastic #irishauthor This book, and also "Asking for it", I loved. In this one, she looks at beauty culture and women's perceived value in a dystopian society. #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

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mrsbatman85
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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I'd say it's definitely worth a read!

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Itchyfeetreader
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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A v dark YA novel. This had lots of interesting and important things to say about the nature of female friendship, misogyny and perspectives of beauty but was let down by a lack of world building. Glad I read but not a re-read.

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Itchyfeetreader
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This is a seriously dark young adult novel

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Quercus_USA
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ONLY EVER YOURS named to Book Riot's 100 Must Read YA Books for Feminists and Feminists in Training!

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cemeterygirls
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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wow

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EnidBiteEm
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Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YA or no, I think I was EVEN MORE horrified after reading this than The Handmaid's Tale. If 'The Bachelor'was a life-long contest, school might be a little like this. I inhaled it. 😱😱😱 #booktober #bookssetinschools #YAlit

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Storm27
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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I couldn't put it down so I read it in one day. Such an interesting idea and a great illustration on what part social media plays in our lives now.

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Eroviana
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There are no adequate words to explain what this book made me feel. A disturbing dystopia that touched on every level!

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Chessa
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Well, that was horrifying.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow. In a good way? 3y
Chessa @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com It is kind of like a YA Handsmaid's Tale. It was REALLY hard to read so much self-hatred narrated by the MC. It kind of feels like the dystopia that could happen if Trump were in charge and then the apocalypse hit and he got to redesign society. Horrifyingly awful for women. The backstabbing and social maneuvering between the girls in the book was so reminiscent of 5th and 6th grade that I almost couldn't finish. 3y
Chessa So it wasn't a fun read, but I couldn't put it down if that makes sense? Total train wreck of a society. 3y
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Bette I don't know if I want to read it now, to see what you're talking about, or run! 😂😂 good review 3y
Chessa @Bette Yeah, I totally get that! It's hard to explain - it's not hard to read, like language-wise. It's not experimental or anything. You're pretty plainly situated in a story the whole time, so in that way it's an "easy" read. But the subject matter is a totally different story. Whew. Drinking the beer I've been needing since 9 a.m. when I finished it. ?? 3y
Bette Sounds good. Cheers! 🍺😋 3y
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Chessa
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A moment of reading in between homeschooling and volunteer duties with my home brewed pour-over coffee in a mug made for errands. 👍☕️📚 #somethingforsept #bookandbeverage #bookanddrink

RealLifeReading Oh wow you homeschool? That's fantastic (also something I could never do) 3y
Chessa @RealLifeReading It's actually realllly fun! I love having schedule freedom. We get to go to everything when it's empty and take vacations whenever we want - an introvert's dream! 😂 We do a light year round schedule with big chunks off. 3y
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readingonarainyday
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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My pick for #underhypedbooks is ONLY EVER YOURS. It needs more attention and more reviews. I loved it so much that I wanted to read it again. It is The Handmaid's Tale meets Hunger Games. It imagines a world where women have no rights and exist simply to please the men. It's terrifying. #augustphotochallenge

WordWaller It sounds like it'd get me REALLY fired up 3y
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readingonarainyday
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Buzzfeed has this great list of YA books every feminist has to read and it features two of my favorite books ever - ONLY EVER YOURS and HUNGER GAMES. What do you think of this list? Any that you recommend? Link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/chelseypippin/this-is-what-a-feminist-books-lik...

[DELETED] 2232195534 Homecoming is wonderful and the Louise Rennison books are really funny. 3y
Eastbriar That's a great list! Found tons to add to TBR. Thanks for sharing 😊 3y
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ralexist
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
Mehso-so

Beauty is all. A stark dystopia in which women exist only for whatever men want of them. I think I would rate it higher if the entire mindset of the characters wasn't so disturbing. Got me to read out of my comfort zone but everything about this makes me want to be sure that this isn't our future.

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Crash
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I'm halfway through and not sure what to think about it. In some ways it's disturbing but in other ways it's boring as there isn't much happening.

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Tammi
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It's hard to give a book like this a rating - I can't honestly say that I 'liked' it when it made me feel so disturbed and uncomfortable. It was frankly worrying how many of Freida's thoughts are thoughts I've had about myself. This is a book that will stay with me.

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CharmaineLim
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Unfortunately, I fell so far from the spectrum of people who liked this. I ended up giving it a 0.5 star rating because I despised the execution so much. The world building was lacking and there were too many characters, all of whom eventually blended into one

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UnderTheRadarBooks
Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
Mehso-so

I have very conflicting feelings about this book. On one hand it is controversial and thought-provoking and on the other it is disjointed and frustrating. I do think it is worth the read for the all the feminism but it wasn't as good as I was hoping.

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UnderTheRadarBooks
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Matilda Fantastic book that to me was a horror! 4y
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