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Only Ever Yours

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Disturbing, riveting dystopian novel skewers beauty values.

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Thought-provoking and disturbing, this riveting novel is also a beautifully written, remarkable debut. The near-future world, after a climate-change apocalypse, is fully imagined and vividly realized. The claustrophobic, insular lives of 16-year-old girls as they struggle against themselves and each other will ring eerily true for today’s teens who are bombarded with beauty messages, reality-show infighting, and queen-bee power plays.

Freida’s strong, believable narrative voice draws the reader into her world. Despite some of her cringeworthy mistakes and bad choices, teens will find themselves thoroughly absorbed in freida’s future, hoping for the best but fearing the worst. Author Louise O’Neill doesn’t wrap things neatly with a bow, either. The shocking end is every bit as dark and disturbing as everything that leads up to it.

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