Louise O’Neill is the feisty, funny, and feminist author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It, two hard-hitting YA novels that tackle rape culture, the sexualization of young women, and society’s obsession with women’s looks and behavior. Her writing is witty but brutal, forcing us to face the truth head on. These aren’t watered-down children’s books that deliberately shy away from scaring anybody too much; these are the empowering YA books we’ve been waiting for, that might actually change something.
The film rights to Only Ever Yours have already been bought by Killer Content, and it’s set to be their biggest-budget film so far. Think The Handmaid’s Tale meets Stepford Wives meets Mean Girls — that’s the kind of disturbing thriller we’re dealing with here.