Apr. 26th, 2015

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I'm going to start off by saying that this book does not ever in any way have a happy ending, and if you sustain yourself through a dystopia by hoping for such a thing you'll be disappointed. (Go read Saci Lloyd's Carbon Diaries if that's your thing) Luckily my view of human nature isn't a whole lot more optimistic than O'Neill's seems to be, so I wasn't too shocked.

Only Ever Yours is kind of hard to pigeonhole. It starts out as just another girls' school story and you might wonder why you should be interested in the bunch of vapid fashionistas you encounter within a few pages. But it quickly becomes obvious that this isn't *quite* girlhood as we know it.

And here there may be spoilers... )
Someone called this book 'Handmaid's Tale crossed with Mean Girls', and I think that sums it up nicely. It stands as a massive warning for how bad things could get if we let them. It is also, however, a great read and one I've picked up maybe four times since buying it last July for a long train journey. I love all the little details O'Neill adds into her world, the music and TV shows that are the girls' opiates, the vintage Barbie speaking book that gets judged as too intellectual for the eves because it says 'math is hard', the little snippets of information about life in other Zones.

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