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 remain perfect becomes almost unbearable. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty - her only asset - in peril.
And then, 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...
I'm not really sure what to say first about Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours. I could say that's it's one of the best books I've ever read, but even a statement like that doesn't do it justice. It is though. I've never in my life read a book that has affected my thought process as much as this book has.
Only Ever Yours hurts to read. It throws the reader into a world where girls think and say these things that seem so ridiculous, brutally judging themselves and each other. They make disgusting scathing comments about appearance. And in this fantasy world O'Neill has created, it seems surreal. But it's not. I can honestly say, most of the awful things said in this book have passed through my own mind.I've looked at girls and thought, "Oh, she would look better with blonde hair," or, "Oh, she should definitely lose weight." And I feel like I'm a good person! I've even had nasty little thoughts like that about myself, a lot. Since I put down Only Ever Yours, I found myself catching those thoughts and trying so hard to stamp them out. What right do I have to think things like that? What right do any of us have? We don't.
I think this book should be required reading in high schools around the globe. We dont need to read Romeo and Juliet; let's read something important in the way that Only Ever Yours is. Louise did a perfect job of showing just how terrible people can act toward each other and the way we view each other, all while weaving a seriously haunting story that I know will stay with me forever. I feel like I need to thank her for writing such a moving book and for helping even just one person to understand that the way we treat and see each other is everything.
Grab your copy of this recommended book now!