- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Quercus; Reprint edition (March 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681449579
- ISBN-13: 978-1681449579
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only Ever Yours Paperback – March 8, 2016
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Winner of the 2014 Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award at the BGE Irish Book Awards
"A haunting dystopian novel for fans of The Handmaid's Tale"―Refinery29
"[A] terrifying but captivating book."―Company magazine
"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
"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
"Compelling writing and a brutal conclusion means this only-too-real dystopia grips from beginning to end."―SFX Magazine
"O'Neill has talent to burn; this dystopian YA debut is both compelling and frightening."―Irish Examiner
About the Author
Louise O'Neill was born in west Cork in 1985. She 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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I will begin by saying that I look for dystopian fiction to read. The Handmaid's Tale, Never Let Me Go, Brave New World, and 1984 all have places on my bookshelf and in my ereader. Only Ever Yours will be joining this group of tales. I enjoyed the story of a group of girls indoctrinated by their culture to believe that they are only valuable for their appearance. I thought that the subtle new spellings, reality shows, and social media presences were nods to our present culture. Some of the themes are disturbing - only beauty matters, strict target weights, drugs to enable compliance, and male perceptions of females, they are meant to be disturbing because they uncomfortably close to our own culture. This is not a light-weight read, there is an ending, the story is complete, but it continues to resonate asking to be revisited by the reader.
Personally, I feel that some of the negative reviews simply missed the artful craft and truthfulness of the book. It's a great read, completely recommend.