Asking For It Review | Banging Book Club | Hannah Witton, Leena Norms & Lucy Moon


– Hey guys, welcome to the first episode of The Banging Book Club
with me and these guys! – What an entrance! – I love it. If you didn’t know already,
we started book club. I’m Hannah, this is Lena, this is Lucy and we are the co-founders
of The Banging Book. – There is nothing funny about co-founding the movement Hannah, we’re
trying to change the world can you at least take it seriously? Nobody else is going to. – The Banging Book Club,
where we read books about sex. – Sex. – Is somebody having sex in that room? – Probably. – I can hear, there is actual
live sex happening next door. We started this book club because we already talk about sex and we thought we’d like
try and focus ourselves on a more intellectual pursuit. – Focus our energy. – If you go to the Google
Doc, we’ll Google Doc all the books that we will be reading so click wherever Hannah’s gonna click and you can click it and see
the books we’re gonna study. Study, oh we’re so serious again. – So in January we read, Asking
For It by Louise O’Neill. Tah-dah. (continues emulating musical sounds) Basically, the way it works
is this video is going to be a non-spoiler review summary, and then we have just finished recording a full podcast, where
we talk about everything that is in this book and
it is full of spoilers. So if you haven’t read the book yet, you’re in the right place. If you have read the
book and you want to join in on the discussion, there’ll be a link in the description where you
can listen to the podcast and then use, hashtag
Banging Book Club on Twitter to talk about it and meet other people that have read it and have opinions. – I’m gonna cough. – Solidarity cough. – Trigger warning, rape
and mental health issues. Thoughts ladies? – The book is about a girl called Emma who lives in a small town in Ireland, which we still can’t work
out how to pronounce, – Ba-li-too – Ba-lean-na-too – And she goes to a
party and at some point in the party gets raped
and it tells a story of what happens in that
year and the year after. – Yea, that’s basically it. – That was a really good summary, – That was as un-spoilery as I could get. and everyone’s reactions,
what’s really important is how she’s perceiving
everyone’s reactions and everyone, which includes the town, her intimate family
members, and the public, like the newspapers, how
everyone interprets this event. – And what I really like
about it is that the situation which obviously loose lips sinks ships, I’m not gonna say what it
is, but it’s extreme enough for it to be shocking
but believable enough to think this could definitely happen. And it’s probably happened. I don’t know if she used
any real life reports. – I don’t know. – But I, yea,
– [Lucy] It’s well researched. – What’s unique and clever
about it is this on that line, is when that line is
uncomfortable but believable. – It’s very realistic. – It’s a no heroin zone. – It’s cynical. – It’s just heavy. – Yea. – It’s heavy. I want to read the back quote
cause this isn’t a spoiler it’s on the back of the book, “They’re good boys really,
this all just got out of hand.” Which says it all to me. – Yea, definitely. – And what I like about it
though it is heavy in content and themes but really easy to read, like I read it in four hours. – It’s young adult fiction. – And the font, the font is big. – Oh it’s big font, it’s great, you feel like, it looks like a
big book cause it’s hardback, but oh my god – Did you guys have a whole chat about this in our group chat? – Yea, I was like why
the, is the font so big. – Because it makes you
feel like a better reader. I’m all for big font. – I didn’t enjoy it
very much and partially because it’s not meant to be
enjoyed, it’s like reading some – I said I wouldn’t be friends
with you if you enjoyed it. – Yea. – I was like, think you’d
be a bit of a psychopath if you enjoyed it. – Oh I got pleasure
from reading this book. – I feel like it’s a bit Tess
of the d’Urberville-esque. – I’ve not read that, but
I know what happens in it. – I haven’t read it, but
I know what happens in it. – It’s just like the
story of a woman’s demise, – and her downfall. – It is very harrowing, and
that is what this book was. – What we would say is
prepare to be tricked. – Oh yes. – Prepare, like it’s less
about who’s a good person and a bad person, it’s
more about starts thinking am I a bad reader? You go into it like I’m a good person about to read a book about
rape, how good of me. – Yes, oh my god yes. It doesn’t make you
question your opinions, but it makes you question
how susceptible you are to believing certain
things about certain people and drawing certain conclusions. When, like I would say we all think that we’re quite progressive people when it comes to matters like this but then you’re reading it going, oh no. – And it’s also like what you believe about innocent until proven guilty cause it’s a really easy thing to say, but not a really easy thing to execute cause it can only apply to one person in a situation not two. So it’s not, I’ve always that
innocent until proven guilty was something I believed
in and now I’m like what? – But when it’s one person, thats – Yea the victim and
the accused effectively. Another key theme that might appeal to our audience is that it
kind of covers social media and social media’s
reaction to such an event. – All of these social media campaigns about rape and fighting against rape those themes play out in
here and they definitely that was one of the things that we found kind of changed our perception
of the way we behave online. – And it doesn’t give those movements an automatic pat on the back either, it kind of makes you
think about how we really execute discussions online. – Would recommend – (moans uncomfortably) – But it’s not fun. – Reviews with Lucy.
– [Hannah] This is what will happen to you, this
is what you will become once you have read this book. – You guys haven’t given
your opinion about this – Well now I feel like I
can’t say that I liked it. I mean I didn’t get
pleasure from reading it, it was horrible, but it is a good book. – I still think it
added to the discussion, I thought it was going to
be a little bit simpler than it was and actually I think it’s, like I really hate it when people go, “this is an important book,
it’s so important you know, I read this article on Vice
and it was really important,” this is genuinely important. Like absolute boy who cried wolf, actually an important book. – Read it and get all of your
teenage friends to read it. – And then talk about it,
I actually think that’s why we were saying you should
ready this and talk about it. You shouldn’t do one or the other. You shouldn’t talk about
it without reading it cause that’d be weird
and you shouldn’t read it without talking about it. – Because there are certain conclusions that you could draw from this
that without a support network and without healthy discussion around it could be problematic. – We’ve healthy discussion on
our podcast in the link below. – Thanks Lean for the beautiful segue. – People always say that about my segues. – I just felt like it was bit of a cautionary tale
fable kind of attitude. – So she was asking for it? – No! – I felt like these really
terrifying adverts that they do where it’s like if he’d crossed at this or if he’d driven at 40 miles an hour that person wouldn’t have died. – Thank you guys for
watching, if you have read Asking For It there will be
a link in the description where you can listen to our podcast. Use the hashtag Banging
Book Club to discuss with people on Twitter and go subscribe to Lena, subscribe to Lucy
because future episodes of this will be on their channels. Next month, what are we reading ladies? – The Vagina Monologues, on my channel. – And it’s a play, so
it’s super easy to read and it’s really funny. – If you want to know what
we’re going to be reading in the future there is a Google Doc with all of the books that we’re reading throughout all of 2016,
and December’s book, you decide what we read,
so have a think about that. Thanks for watching, please
give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and subscribe, bye!

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93 thoughts on “Asking For It Review | Banging Book Club | Hannah Witton, Leena Norms & Lucy Moon”

  1. Lauryn Curley says:

    Brilliant video and podcast! Described it perfectly!

  2. Tilly Calcutt says:

    Looking forward to hearing more

  3. Lucy says:

    I love these videos !

  4. Megan Clews says:

    I haven't read this but I have read Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill which I thought was great and I totally think you should read

  5. Mariyam says:

    It's not available in North America for another couple of months so I didn't get to read it ;( I suppose I'll just listen to the podcast once I get my hands on it in April. I wouldn't be surprised if the discussion suddenly opened up with a bunch of other readers around that time.

  6. pyrsephone says:

    Loved this, loved the full discussion too btw! Listened to it as I made dinner, tried not to cry while remembering just how harrowing the book really is.

  7. Nadia Sommella says:

    These are three of my favourite youtubers yay i support this

  8. Andrés H. says:

    I heard December's book and was like "What wait, is it December already??!!" Almost died

  9. Melissa says:

    I'm doing Trumpet and Middlesex for my dissertation so August and September are gonna be my months!!

  10. Eli says:

    Lucy, what is in your sleeve? Tissues?

  11. Petitesser says:

    This is just like a total dream

  12. 2boome says:

    You should read "In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)" in December.

  13. Eliane Nieder says:

    lucy is so stunning

  14. Kate S says:

    I want to read this but I don't think my mum would want me to read it ahhhh

  15. Lucy Moon says:

    I just started reading The Vagina Monologues today! I am so excited for the coming months!

  16. Kay Maynard says:

    i love videos where you talk about books and recommend books! i m interested in reading this book, i will probably read it, then come back to listen to the podcast. it seems like an interesting book

  17. peachy says:

    Is there anyone who's experienced some kind of sexual assault who has read the book? I want to read it but I'm worried it'll bring back old Gross feelings, you know?

  18. Eep Umm says:

    Fuck yes! Banging book club!! I'm so in on this!

  19. Yaiza Canopoli says:

    leena!!! <3

  20. necrute says:

    omg this is amazing I just bought this book a few weeks ago

  21. Ona Salvat says:

    this is excellent. you guys are excellent. you're my favourite people, be my friends.

  22. Sophia Piro says:

    Is there a reason you were all wearing black?

  23. lazysun1 says:

    I really want to hear the podcast now, but I haven't read the book yet. But I REALLY want to hear the podcast :O

  24. Marissa says:

    I was actually considering grabbing this book the other day! Once I've finished the one I'm on I'll definitely have to pick it up!

  25. GettingThemHunnies says:


  26. Sliding Doors says:

    ERMAGEWD This makes me so excited!!!!

  27. Sahara Coles says:

    im glad this is new thing now

  28. Girl Behind the Red Door says:

    What a fun idea. Look forward to more videos 🙂

  29. Rosa says:

    Perfect timing, my uni is putting on the vagina monologues this month

  30. Rachel O says:

    I had coincidentally read this book just before you made the announcement about the book club. I read it in one night and both loved/hated it, especially the ending. Like you said, it was harrowing but genuinely made me think about this topic. (Also regarding the name of the town I think it's pronounced Bal-in-a-toon where the first 3 syllables are said quite quickly)

  31. Sincerely Sammy says:


  32. KissTheWriter says:

    There actually was a similiar case here in Sweden which caught a lot of media attention because of the nature of it, and because the boys involved never got convicted for it.

    [TW from here]
    Basically a 15 year old girl was gang raped by 5 boys while being kept in a periodically locked room. The reason the boys didn't get punished was because someone, somewhere thought the question whether or not the girl was in an "enough helpless state" to be unable to fight back. Needless to say, this caused an outrage everywhere, but despite that, the boys got away with it.

    Which is also why I think it's so important to talk about these things openly. Because it still happens, everywhere.

  33. Annie Quinn says:

    I read so many book and never have anyone to talk about them with because they haven't read them! This is such a great idea 😊

  34. Annie Donlon says:

    This is awesome but can we just talk about Hannah necklace please

  35. xylene says:

    I didn't get to read this book, but the premise reminds me of one I read a few years ago for a Children's Lit class I was taking. The book was "Speak," and it was about a girl starting high school who goes to a party at the start of the year and gets raped. She doesn't tell anyone what happens, and the book shows how her life falls apart and she starts to recover again. It was also a YA book, so it's easy to read, but difficult for the topic being discussed. I'll have to read this one in a year or so when the libraries here get around to getting a copy.

  36. Ireallyreally Hategoogle says:

    Rapists: Good boys that get out of hand.
    The definition of a rape culture.

  37. Teela Louise says:

    I wasn't sold, but a podcast? PODCAST. I fucking love Podcasts. Now I need to read this book and I'm struggling enough with How To Be A Woman (good book, just not loving reading atm. I go through peaks and troffs). I will read it though and join your bloody book club 😂

  38. Toria says:

    I love that you guys are doing this book club! Definitely joining in. I'm late and haven't read this book, but I will (even though it sounds a terribly uncomfortable read) and will get on the next one too, which fortunately I already have!

  39. Megan C says:

    when you read 2 of the book club books back in December👊🏻

  40. Megan C says:

    I found this an incredibly interesting book. I did read it a while ago, but I remember finding the last half of the book very dragged out, and unnecessary. Nonetheless, I really liked how the beginning made me dislike Emma (is her name Emma?) just like others in her school, so it makes you see the rape from outsiders perspective (and question whether you are a terrible person)

  41. Open Mind says:

    It's great you're doing a book club. Not particulary I book I would go out of my way to read. And from the amazon introduction not something I'd want to read about. It isn't the first book to talk about non-consentual sex, and I don't believe it will be the last either. That doesn't diminish the value of the book, and I may read some of the books later in this series, but this one I'll pass. (Especially as the price is 4.99 on amazon for the kindle version, if it's truly a momentous book, it should be priced so everyone could read it) I'll check the googledoc you mentioned for later book topics.

  42. Imogen Curtis says:

    Ahh this book club makes me so happy! Can't wait to read & join in the discussion. You guys are awesome 👍🏼

  43. Logan Alexander says:

    How many pages is this book?

  44. Te-mereani Matthews-Moerai says:

    this book sounds very interesting but it sounds too heavy and id get very frustrated and angry reading while i prefer lighter happier books because i like to read books for enjoyment and fun.

  45. Hazy Blue says:

    I need to say it again, this is such a good idea. I always find myself looking for this kind of books and now I'll have people to discuss them. I haven't read Asking for it since my copy hasn't arrived yet, but I think it's and important subject and I've already ordered a copy.
    I'm so excited about next month's book, which I have already ordered too. Keep this going guys, I absolutely love it!

  46. ellabooray says:

    Wonderful idea, especially love that I can still watch the video if I haven't read the book

  47. My Cecilia Olsson says:

    LOVE that you have started this! Just ordered the book, can't wait to read it and then listen to your podcast for more thoughts… And then talk about it in my podcast haha!

  48. Tracy Shayler says:

    I love this idea. If you are ever interested in reading the male/male genre please let me know as i have many friends that are well known authors that would be happy to take part in the book club! Hugs! X X

  49. Susan Isherwood says:

    I've not yet listened to the podcast so I'm not sure if you guys talk about it there but the book is pretty heavily based on the Stubenville rape case which was 2014 I believe. It even includes some of the exact same quotes from public reactions. I was following the case pretty closely at the time and when I started the book could quickly see the connection. So what you were saying about it being extreme but believable is very accurate. I recommend even just reading the wikipedia page about it.

  50. SweetasSugar42 says:

    I probably won't be reading this book as I'm asexual and I get very very uncomfortable and disturbed easily. But I'm so happy to see a book set in my country (Ireland!!) we need more YA books set in countries other than America and Britain.

  51. sorcha campbell says:

    so happy this is happening

  52. Rivka says:

    I want to read this book now

  53. Margot Dalin says:

    First of all: LOVE IT! You're great, love your videos. Do you know if that book is published in french and if so what is the title of it? Thank u.
    PS: I've read Vagina monologue at school, awesome book! Enjoy.

  54. Hannah Galloon says:

    don't think i can deal with another book heavily featuring sexual assault after reading A Little Life (the most horribly depressing yet brilliant book ever) but i'll definitely shelve this one for the future!

  55. Izzy Inkpen says:

    I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book! I can't decide if I loved it or hated it. I feel it could be condemned for being a bit sensationalist/harrowing to no purpose, and there are many aspects of the writing style that I thought were a bit ineffectively cliché (in the least spoilery way possible, the word motifs in particular), but at the same time it was confronting a subject so rarely talked about head on and without any sugarcoating, which is definitely needed and undoubtedly laudable. Not sure, hopefully I will find time to listen to your podcast and then I can have more thoughts!
    Secondary comment: OMG VAGINA MONOLOGUES YAAAASS one of my favourite plays!! 😀

  56. Alice Ash says:

    Damn it you're making me want to read it but I know it probably won't do me any good.

  57. CaptainWendy _ says:

    I loved the idea of the book club about sex! I mean, I hold your (Hannah) opinion on books very highly and I love that you majored in sexology.
    So it bothered me a little that most of the books are about rape. I'm not saying it's not an important topic to be discussed. It is. But I was expecting more about sexology and cultural differences, kinda history/doc-y vibe.

    Also, I've said this on the goodreads page, could you choose more ""famous"" books? Because I live in Brazil and I think only Lolita is not imported, so the rest is very expensive and takes a long time to be shipped. Just so it would be more accessible for people outside de uk/usa.

  58. Faith Jones says:

    I thought it was an amazing book, horrific to read, but the ending was so realistic and true. It was really well written.

  59. highwindow1 says:

    Why do you laugh like Jimmy Carr

  60. Luke Spillane says:

    This is great!! I'm already so excited for September to see what you think of Middlesex.

  61. MadisonWillia says:

    It wouldn't let me order it online 🙁 it doesn't come out till April 🙁

  62. MissTwilightHater says:

    I love Leena

  63. Hjhgdthg says:

    Where you from?

  64. Lynn Allington says:

    I'm planing to read this next week!

  65. LizardWithPants says:

    How can you not believe in presumption of innocence? due process is essential for a free society.

  66. Kate says:

    one of the girls in my class did her oral presentation on this book and my teacher mentioned that she was friendly with the author's sister as they lived in the same town. although the town in the book is made up apparently a lot of the characters and places are based on real people and places and some of the people in the real village are quite upset about it being published. one of my friends who has cousins there also said something similar (this isn't really important, just thought I'd mention it)

  67. Rebekah Kathryn says:

    Lucy looks like Helena Bonham Carter 💕💕

  68. Bubbly Emma says:

    This is genius! YES GIRLS 😀

  69. Max Shanahan says:

    As an Irish person, it's pronounced: Baa (like a sheep) -lin (like "tin") -a (like apple) -toom (like "boom"). Ballinatoom!!!! Tiny detail, but thought I could help 😛
    Very good review, reflected a lot of my sentiments on the book!! My of my peers have called it life-changing, striking a cord with us especially, being set in our country, our towns. Ballinatoom could be any of the towns we live in, it's very close to home.

  70. nerds world says:

    I finally this book yesterday . The person that said "they good boys really this just got out of hand " like when I was reading that bit I was like what ?? .

  71. Gordon O'Gairbhith says:

    The accused is always the one who innocent until proven guilty. How are you questioning that. Every crime has both a victim and a perpetrator. Except for some unjustified one made to make the government richer.

  72. LucileCoccinelle says:

    I guess the fond is so big so that the book gets enough pages for it to be sold as a hardcover edition 😉

  73. Scott Beaton says:

    I really want to listen to the asking for it discussion podcast again->but it's been removed from soundcloud?

  74. siân diann says:

    I read half of the book and for some reason got really depressed and anxious so I couldn't continue, but I still liked the way it was written and there were so many relatable things in it

  75. siân diann says:

    wait where is the podcast?

  76. eleanorreads says:

    The link to the podcast says its no longer available – Has it been taken down? 🙁

  77. Sophie Creamer says:

    I loved this book! But I can't seem to find it on sounds cloud? Has it been taken down? xxx Is there any way i can access it? XX Love the Banging Book Club btw! X

  78. Susannah Rose says:

    Oh no has the podcast been deleted? soundclound wont let me listen to it 🙁

  79. Sarah Finch says:

    Where is the podcast? It won't let me open the link to soundcloud x

  80. Rebekah Devlin says:

    do you think the trigger warning would also apply to the actual book? because I watched this video and decided to watch on and I'm intrigued by the concept, but don't know if it would be too much for me to actually read it

  81. Piña Coladísima says:

    Hey Girls! I can't listen to the podcast, it says it's not able anymore… :,(
    Could you upload it again or give us a link? Thanks!

  82. Upenda Sana says:

    I think considering the material you are dealing with I found your reviews a tad insensitive.

  83. Natalie Rees says:

    I've just finished this book and I found it emotionally draining. Although I'm now trying to process everything I have read, I'm so so glad you reviewed and recommended it- I feel like my understanding of the whole topic/matter is now so much deeper. It's not a book for the faint-hearted. I didn't 'enjoy' it either but I really could appreciate what I was reading. Being inside Emma's mind for the duration of the story almost made me feel vulnerable and it's that aspect of it that makes it so hard hitting, particularly in terms of the state of her mental health throughout. X

  84. Living in the Neverlands says:

    just got this book for 4 euro in a German bookshop… after this I'm excited as well as terrified to start reading haha

  85. anne b says:

    I absolutely loved this book. It's such an inyourface kinda read and I think more people need to read it! I posted about it on instagram and was so surprised at the negative comments about the theme… just more proof this book needs to be read by more people and discussed!

  86. mega wag says:

    i need to know where lucy got that top!!!!!

  87. Juan Andrés H. Pérez says:

    Leena is just fantastic <3

  88. AnticsintheForbiddenZone says:

    I just bought this book in London the other day and I'm interested to see how I react to it, picked it up after seeing this video, hope it;s thought provoking and changes some perceptions x

  89. Alice O'Brien says:

    It is pronounced bal(like Al the name)-in-a(like ah) toom (like tune)

  90. Melissa Moussa says:

    u didnt enjiy reading it,but is it a good book?

  91. Johnny Feen says:

    Louise O Neill is on record praising convicted sex offender 2-Pac Shakur as a "the original woke bae". Despite her self proclaimed role as a campaigner against sexual violence she thinks a man who participated in a violent gang sexual assault on a woman is a positive role model.

  92. Valentina Carella says:

    Girls, the link of the podcast doesn't work anymore.. 🙁 is there any way to still listen to it? I just finished the book and I'd love to hear the spoiler-full discussion!

  93. M Keli says:

    I just finished the book this morning , I couldn’t stop reading when I started it. As a guy it was interesting reading this kind of story from a woman’s perspective. The family, friendship dynamics felt so surreal. At first I was so annoyed by the ending I wanted Emma to get her comeuppance but the more I thought about it, it made so much sense

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