Asking for It
Asking for It

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Annotation: Emma is fearless and is the center of attention when she attends a big party at the beginning of summer in her quiet Irish town, only to wake the next morning and not know how she got to her front porch or why she is in pain, but the explicit photographs confront her and the town, and soon everyone is choosing sides and all Emma wants to do is disappear. Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #139600
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Mature Content Mature Content
Publisher: Querecus Books
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 324 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-681-44537-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97384-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-681-44537-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97384-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016930915
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Thanks to a surfeit of alcohol and drugs, gorgeous, 18-year-old Emma can't remember what happened that Saturday night, but everyone else knows when photographs start appearing on the Internet showing her being sexually abused and humiliated by a group of her male friends. Yet try though she might, Emma still can't remember that evening. Nevertheless, the boys are charged with rape, and, as a result, Emma becomes a pariah in her small Irish hometown, her Facebook page filled with hate messages calling her slut, bitch, whore, and worse. Meanwhile, her case has become an international cause célèbre when it is made the subject of a popular radio program. As her family begins to break apart, Emma becomes ever more self-hating and self-blaming. The words "my fault" become a mantra for her. But is it her fault? Emma seems never to consider that question, insisting to herself, instead, that she has ruined the boys' lives. As her own life becomes increasingly bleak, the novel veers dangerously close to melodrama. Nevertheless, it is a powerful cautionary tale that will appeal to older teens as well as to adult readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up&12; Emma O'Donovan is an 18-year-old living in a small Irish town. She's beautiful but all too aware of it and loves but is in constant competition with her best friends. But when she is raped by four popular "good" guys at a party, Emma becomes an object of rumor, hatred, and resistance. O'Neill's writing is ruthless in its exploration of rape culture but full of subtlety and understanding. A complex and essential look at how society so often treats and views survivors of rape.
Word Count: 73,938
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 187527 / grade: Upper Grades

Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma.


The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there.

To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"--photos she will never be able to forget.

As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma.

Asking For It is a powerful story about the devastating effects of rape and public shaming, told through the awful experience of a young woman whose life is changed forever by an act of violence.


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