We could almost take off with excitement over the upcoming publication of ASKING FOR IT – the new novel from Louise O’Neill, whose debut ONLY EVER YOURS won her the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award. Team Bookends are convinced you and the young adults in your life are going to fall over yourselves for this book, so we caved. We’ve got an extract for you to read and it’s every bit as sharp and provocative as you could hope for.
It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident.
One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.
The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain.
But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night.
But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes . . .
Read the free extract here!
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