Published on: April 5th 2016
Published by: Quercus
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Review Copy
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(summary from Goodreads)
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…
Whilst at YALC I attended a panel which features Louise O’Neill and hearing her talk about her book really made me want to read it. Luckily I discovered that I actually already had a review copy from Netgalley (I really should keep up with my Netgalley books more!). The response to this book at YALC and online was great, so it was a little disappointing when I finally got round to reading it that I didn’t really feel the same way.
“When did we all become fluent in this language that none of us wanted to learn?”
I really struggled with the beginning 30% of this book. To put it bluntly Emma is a b*tch. I hated her, like really hated her. I have read about a lot of evil characters who have done really horrible things, but I have always been able to read them. But Emma just got to me. Her selfishness, her bitchiness, her scheming and just plain horrible thoughts about people who thought she cared about them. And my hatred for her worried me even right at the beginning because I wondered how I was ever going to be able to like this girl when it got down to the darker parts of this story.