Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

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 ver known…



What just happened?! This book has wrecked me. This story was dark, twisted and completely enthralling.

Only Ever Yours is set in a future world where girls are no longer born naturally, therefore girls know as ‘eves’ are manufactured. Eves are meant to be the perfect girl.
The Eves are raised in a school like environment where girls are ranked by their looks… Think high school on steroids where the outside world judges your rank by weekly photos.
The popularity of the Eves is judged by their rank, this all leads to the girls being selected for 1 of 3 options, they may become a companion to a wealthy male, suffer the terrible fate of becoming a concubine or stay on at the school as a chastity(pretty much a teacher).

Even though this book is set in a futuristic world it showcases the real issues girls face in regards to their looks and how they are to act.
Issues such as bulimia and anorexia are looked on favourably by the girls attempting to reach the optimal weight that men find attractive. Obesity is also dealt with, any girl who gains weight is bullied and ridiculed not only by her fellow Eves but also by the chastities.

The book follows freida who, whilst striving for perfection, takes a few unexpected turns and falls off the rails. The ending of this book killed me. If you are not a fan of unhappy ending I suggest you do not read this book. However it is an amazing, well written book that I would recommend to all.


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