2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Friday, 18 July 2014

REVIEW: Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill

Friday, 18 July 2014
GENRE: Dystopia/Issues
PAGES: 400
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 5 Stars

Freida and Isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative - life as a concubine - is too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of the 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...

Ever since I have read this book I simply cannot stop raving about on our Waterstones Birmingham High St Young Adult Twitter @yabirmingham, in fact I think it's almost to the point of utter fangirl obsession!

It truly is a great book. It's clever, unique, interesting, and downright compelling. 

It touches on serious issues and deals with them in a scenario that is unreal and yet believable... it's full of dark humour, and it's not a book that everyone will "get" but I am really excited to be able to recommend this book to people, and can't wait for more people to read it as Louise O'Neill is a very talented writer.

- Gem

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