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Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Quercus NA, 2015
ISBN: 9781623654542
1623654548
Call Number: TEEN F ONEI
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 21 cm

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There are only three life options for women: wives, celibate teachers or concubines. Because only the most beautiful girls are selected for wives, beauty and charm are the most important qualities to cultivate at the residential school they forced to attend. Two young girls on the cusp of 'gradua... Read More »


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YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 20, 2019

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill was a novel that I found incredibly entertaining. The premise and commentary parallels that of The Handmaiden’s Tale. While The Handmaiden’s Tale, is critically acclaimed and is considered a classic, as a teen, this particular story was more exciting and written in a way that was easier to read. I became invested in the main character and could identify with the pressure she feels and the desperation she endures as a result of the society she lives in. While elements of the story lacked the dimension necessary to amplify the story’s meaning and could be considered a cheap attempt at social commentary, the story was undeniably entertaining. I highly recommend this novel to everyone, especially teenage girls who may experience some of the same type of emotions and struggles that the characters face. Emily, grade 12, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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dihuda
May 02, 2019

This is NOT one of those YA fantasy/fiction books that an adult can enjoy. Was recommended to me b/c I had just finished and loved "Never Let Me Go". These two books should never be on the same list. This one was like Cosmo Girl pulp compared to NLMG. This, poorly developed plot. No sympathetic characters. Bleh.

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cori_s
Dec 11, 2018

Engaging writing but terrible, inconsistent world building. There's no need for this book to be >400 pages - it plods through scores of misogynist insults, leaving the reader as insecure & damaged as the narrator. The ending is predictable & tragic in a completely unsatisfying way. I regret reading it.

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JEM_LPL
Mar 12, 2018

Ever wished you could go to a school where you studied nothing except fashion, hairstyles, and TV? Where you weren't supposed to know what math was, let alone be good at it? Welcome to the Zone, where makeup isn't against class rules, it IS class rules, and a bad hair day won't just wreck your week, it can wreck your life. What did you hate most about high school? The mean teacher? The backstabbing gossip? The shallow fashionistas? The strict parent? The evil snob? The Zone has all those and more, wrapped up with with one of the bleakest endings ever. Be warned; this is one dark, DARK book.

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dentongirl13
Jun 26, 2017

I was disappointed. The premise is interesting, but the author's style isn't engaging. The book moves very slowly and not a lot happens. I did appreciate that the protagonist was flawed and the ending didn't follow conventions.

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wildfalcon
Dec 09, 2016

This book was extraordinary! Somewhat similar storyline to 'the Selection' by Kiera Cass, but dark.

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sunny39o
Jun 30, 2016

A horror story. A most believable one. Expertly crafted. A triumph.
This book incorporates many aspects of past and present day society into its disturbing, memorable plot. It may seem extreme and futuristic.......but it really isn't.
The characters aren't the most likeable, but that isn't the point, so don't let yourself get hung up on that. They're interesting, distinct, and contribute a lot to the development and eventual moral of the story. O' Neill writes vividly, eloquently, poignantly, and in a way that evokes the best and worst emotions in her readers. This book is a wild ride. Utterly unforgettable.

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Jingand888
Feb 15, 2016

Just finished it. Makes me question the similarities of her life to the current society. There are shocking parallels, more than we like to admit. I don't want to think about it because it numbs my brain and opens a new POV to my life that scares me.

ss1989 Dec 09, 2015

Ive been feminist for a long time and when i saw the book i thought going in it would be pretty cliche- it wasnt! oh my god, i devoured this book in about 2 days. warning though, this is not a happy book. do not turn those last few 50 pages waiting for some kind of revolt to happen. downer as it was id say this is still absolutely necessary reading for men women girls and boys alike- i only wish it had a happier ending

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hgjenman
Jul 21, 2015

Finished this within two days, so different yet so familiar as it is what could eventually happen. chilling and unpredictable.

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Mar 12, 2018

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