Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill audiobook

Only Ever Yours

By Louise O'Neill
Read by Emma Weaver

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    ISBN: 9781681442686

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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Summary

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Winner of Bustle's best YA authors of the year, 2015

Bustle's Top 25 Best YA Books, 2015

NYPL Best Books for Teens, 2015

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

O'Neill has talent to burn; this dystopian YA debut is both compelling and frightening. Irish Examiner
Only Ever Yours is a chilling dystopian fantasy... 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. Anne Cunningham, Irish Independent
A witty and unsettling story...Hopefully Only Ever Yours will be read widely. The Telegraph
If the Hunger Games series was your guilty pleasure then young Irish author Louise O' Neill's debut novel Only Ever Yours is about to become another... [It] explores the contemporary pressure on women and girls to be 'perfect' in this dark and gripping narrative. Irish Tatler
Disturbing, provocative . . . I was utterly captivated from beginning to end. Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment," "The Usual Suspects," "Miller's Crossing)
Dark and thought-provoking... There are some good Logan's Run shivers, and it is beautifully written. Tara Flynn, The Irish Times
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
Deep, dark and frighteningly believable. This story will stay with you for a long time. Marie Claire
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 beautifully written, remarkable debut. the near-future world, after a climate-change apocalypse, is fully imagined and vividly realized. The claustrophobic, insular lives of 16-year-old girls as they struggle against themselves and each other will ring eerily true for today's teens. Common Sense Media
"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
Compelling writing and a brutal conclusion means this only-too-real dystopia grips from beginning to end. SFX Magazine
“An ingenious exploration of gender roles, female identity, and female competition.” BuzzFeed
An ingenious exploration of gender roles, female identity, and female competition. Buzzfeed
[A] terrifying but captivating book. Company magazine
A haunting dystopian novel for fans of The Handmaid's Tale Refinery29
"Utterly magnificent . . . gripping, accomplished and dark. Marian Keyes
Winner of the 2014 Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award at the BGE Irish Book Awards
“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, award-winning English author
“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)
“Dark and unrelenting…Recommended [for] older teens looking for more depth in their dystopian fiction.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Louise O'Neill

Author Bio: Louise O'Neill

Louise O’ Neill studied English at Trinity College Dublin and has worked for the senior style director of American Elle magazine. While in New York, she also worked as an assistant stylist on a number of high-profile campaigns. She is currently working as a freelance journalist for a variety of Irish national newspapers and magazines, covering feminist issues, fashion, and pop culture.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.50
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English