Asking For It
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Initially, I did find it difficult to get into the flow of Asking For It by Louise O'Neill for two main reasons. First, too many characters were introduced at the start of this young adult novel and secondly, the Irish colloquialisms used were different from the American ones, making this book a bit difficult to follow at first.
Additionally, I didn't like the main character, Emma O'Donovan at the start of Asking For It by Louise O'Neill, as she was stuck up and acted entitled. She seemed to use people for her own benefit.
As the novel moves along, Emma O'Donovan is brutally gang raped while she is passed out from alcohol and drugs at a party. She's left like a heap of trash on her front porch to be found by her parents the following morning.
Emma has no idea she's even been gang raped until the next day at school when she's been alienated by her friends and classmates who blame her for being easy and having sex willingly with a group of boys. Things go from bad to worse when Emma discovers photos of herself naked, unconscious, and being violated by the perpetrators on social media... Everyone calls Emma every bad name in the book (skank, whore, slut, easy) and worse!
The aftermath of Emma's rape is ugly, very ugly, and beyond brutal. Louise O'Neill is a skilled writer as she captures the ptsd symptoms that Emma endures, the stereotypes, double standards, and shame blaming that goes along with rape and attempting to bring it to trial that women endure. The boys being accused go along living life virtually unscathed, but Emma's life drastically changes as she is shunned by her community as if the gang raped was entirely her fault.
Emma's parents were two people that I was angry with as I felt like they didn't truly give Emma the support she needed. Both of Emma's parents treated her badly throughout the situation... It's as if they blamed her for the situation. The only family member who supported Emma, was her brother, Bryan.
One life event, drastically changes Emma's life forever. Her life will never be the same. No happy ending for this novel or Emma's life.
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