Captivating. Horrifying. Intriguing. Uncomfortable. Addictive.
These are just some of the thoughts I have about Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. Before I get into all my feelings on this book, let me tell you a little bit about it.This novel tells the story of Frieda and Isabel who are bred (as all girls are) into a world where girls are created to be concubines, companions or teachers and nothing more. For the first 16 years of their lives they are taught how to be ‘perfect’ and are working towards the day they are ‘chosen’ for their new life as companions (if they’re ‘lucky’) to the powerful men until they are of no use (aka are old and can no longer breed).
This book is really, really worth a read. Not only is it engrossing and well written it’s also looking at some very important things; how women are viewed in the world and how we are all indoctrinated to see women as perfect size 8 creatures and not people. Also our obsession with so-called celebrities. That’s what makes the book so horrifying, it’s only a few steps away from how we live now and you can imagine that this future could exist (obviously after a hideous traumatic events, not literally tomorrow).
It’s been a while since I finished a book and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Be it the themes, the characters or that ending. It’s definitely the ending that elevates the novel to ‘you have to read this book’ territory rather than just a really brilliant book. I implore you to read it, and not just so we can discuss it – honest!
– Fi x