Louise O’Neill Wins YA Book Prize

By Dianna Dilworth 

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill has won the Bookseller.com’s YA Book Prize 2015.

The new prize is given to the best Young Adult fiction from the UK and Ireland. O’Neill’s described her book to the website as “The Handmaid’s Tale meets ‘Mean Girls,'” in an interview in which she was asked to tell why she should win. Her reason? “Because my Granny Murphy will be very proud of me; and that’s pretty much all I care about in life,” said the first time novelist in the interview.

The book was one of 10 titles shortlisted for the prize. Books were chosen by  a judging panel of five teenage book fans and a team of “book trade gurus.”