Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

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Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Buy Links: Amazon UK
Source: I have received this book via The Ninja Book Swap

Synopsis

frieda 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 remain perfect becomes almost unbearable. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty – her only asset – in peril.

And then, the boy arrive, eager to choose a bride.

frieda must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known…

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My thoughts

Wow – I don’t know where to start with writing my review on this… I found this a heavy book to read and finish, it took me longer than normal as I needed breaks in between to let the story sink in. It is a Dystopian, but most of it fits in the society we have right now when it comes to ‘beauty’.

The girls are bred to serve men in three different purposes, to be either a Companion, a Concubine or a Chastity. From the age of 4 they are put in a school, although sounds more like a prison, and they are being bred and have to follow rules to get them ready for their ceremony day when they turn 17. There are daily fights and struggles with food, calories, beauty and of course weight. They rank each other and always picks out each other flaws on a day to day basis and there are even special classes for it.
They don’t see any boys till a couple of months before their ceremony – these boys will choose an eve (the girls) for their liking and those women who are companions will bear as many sons as their womb can take them and then they get cast away when they are 40. When the boys are here you will have the weird ranking but then also done by the boys and you will have the ‘Heavenly Seventy’ where the girl is put in a closet with a boy who has chosen her.

It took me a little while to get into the story, because I wasn’t prepared for the shock of how it started. The situation for the girls starts of bad and gradually gets worse. And when you think it can’t get worse…. it will!

I loved reading about Isabel and Freida – note that all women names are written in lower case and not in capital because they don’t mean anything in life – they are worthless.
Such a shockingly honest book – one that will stay with me for a long time. I can definitely recommend this book to people, but there is a lot of worrying stuff in it about weight, food and vomiting…

Definitely go read this book and I can’t wait for Louise O’Neill’s next book which is coming out in September called: ‘Asking for it’. Another quite controversial read I think.

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Non-Bookish chat

Happy Monday

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Good morning all at my 2nd Non-Bookish chat! I have to admit, not a lot has happened last week… I know… boring!

However – I have been to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Fairford on Saturday and I have indulged in my other geeky side – planes… not just any planes… Military planes! Vulcans, Spitfires, The Red Arrows, Chinook, Apaches, A400M, F-16s, Typhoons… Preferably the fast planes, they are my favourites!
Of course I had to be there, I love it in Fairford, been once in 2013 and in equal years I will indulge myself in the Farnborough Airshow which happens every 2 years.
So this post will be my RIAT 2015 Fairford – gushing over planes – post! Also check out my Youtube channel for a few video’s I have made that day ^_^

wpid-20150718_145041.jpgHowever, it was RIAT’s turn this year… and man what a day it was! The Vulcan held it last flying display there and as a special treat there was a flypast with the Red Arrows as well. Que lump in throat and what was more impressive was that everyone was hushed and quiet – everyone seemed in awe of the Vulcan XH558! Ok ok you have to squint your eyes… but those red dots are the Red Arrows and the bigger dot is the Vulcan!

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But of course there is more! I went inside a C130-Hercules from the RNLAF – yes… the Royal Netherlands Air Force – How could I not?!? And the pilot felt sorry for me that I couldn’t get any Paprika crisps – so I bagged myself two free bags… man were they special and they did not lasted long!

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I also saw the Osprey flying from the USAF and that was pretty amazing – so quiet and a uniquely shaped aircraft…. It was amazing to watch!

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And how could I forget the A400M – what an amazing aircraft from the RAF and so huge! And a plane that size should not have done the things it showed in the flying display…!

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It was a truly amazing day – and I would highly recommend a day out to everyone like this. The planes, the atmosphere the displays, flying or static are amazing. Such a gorgeous day out and bonus – kids under 16 are free!

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Have you ever been to an airshow? let me know in the comments below ^_^

Doei,
Charlie

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