Finished Asking For It by Louise O’Neill.
Emma was raped at a party. And that sentence doesn’t even begin to cover it. She was gang-raped after passing out. There are pictures and video, and it’s all over social media. And you can guess whose side most people are on (spoiler: not hers).
This book absolutely gutted me. It is raw and wrenching and it was beyond painful to read–which is why everyone should.
The best comparison I can come up with is Courtney Summers. Like her protagonists, Emma is awful. She’s mean and she’s not at all sympathetic. She’s hard to relate to. And if you read this and find yourself thinking about how she deliberately drank too much and deliberately took pills and deliberately slept with one of the guys, you’ll realize (as I did) that you’re part of the problem. It’s easy to support the victim when you like her; it’s not as easy when it’s someone you actively dislike. But it should be.