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Only Ever Yours
by Louise O'neill


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781623654542
  • ISBN-10: 1623654548
  • Publisher: Quercus Books
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 398
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the dystopian society of Irish author O’Neill’s harrowing debut, freida is a 16-year-old “eve,” manufactured by genetic engineers and raised to serve men. The eves (whose individual names are never capitalized in the book, unlike those of men) spend 16 years learning how to avoid “Unacceptable Emotions”—such as anger—and to scrupulously maintain their appearance, all in the hopes of catching the eye of one of 10 Inheritants, “the very men for whom were created.” O’Neill’s novel spans the months leading up to the ceremony when freida and her fellow eves will be divided into three groups: companions (akin to wives), concubines, and chastities. Competition, cruelty, and self-critique thrive at freida’s school (“We may be perfectly designed, but really our eyes are too close together and our thighs are too big”), yet she can’t quite stamp out her skepticism toward the system and her sympathy for herself, her peers, and especially her best friend, isabel. Terrifying and heartbreaking, O’Neill’s story reads like an heir to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and M.T. Anderson’s Feed, and, like those books, it’s sure to be discussed for years to come. Ages 13–up. (May)

 
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