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Grades 9 - 12Grade 6n/a5.690729
Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. In Louise O'Neill's world of Only Every Yours women are no longer born naturally, girls (called "eves") are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. Freida and Isabel are best friends. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions--wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives--life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)--are too horrible to contemplate.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty--her only asset--in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, 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.
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published on May 12, 2015 by Quercus
ISBN-10: 1623654548
ISBN-13: 9781623654542
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  • maggies20
    maggies20Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:03 am44 starsFeatured
    Only Ever Years is a story about girls fighting for their own destiny. Perhaps many years from now, the society builds a school to train a group of girls to become companions or concubines of men. Freida is one of the girls, she doesn't feel beautiful enough and adding to the pressure is seeing her friend Isabel change. When the boys arrive to chose their brides, things only get worse, is Freida really finding her true love? Or is it all just a illusion? I think something everyone can relate from this book is insecurity. Everyone has their own insecurities, but we need to learn to overcome them and grow stronger through our fears. Only Ever Yours is a pretty unusual book and it's actually kind of creepy to think about how our world can actually be like this in the future. It's frightening to think that girls are actually taking medicine and bringing things to such extreme measures just to be chosen by a wealthy man. We should appreciate and love ourselves for who we are and don't judge people based on their appearance. This book might be kind of dark, mysterious and frightening, but it definitely portrays some part of the society and also really intriguing.