Title: The Exact Opposite of Okay (2018)
Author: Laura Steven
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary and Fiction
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Release Date: 8th March 2018
Reviewed by: Lois
“Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal.”
Izzy O’Neill is your typical high school senior. She has a lot of friends, she has a very busy life, she has started her plans for the future and she has sex. Nothing out of the ordinary. Izzy has her nudes and sexual “escapades” leaked online via the website “world-class-whore.” After one of her “conquests” is found out to be the republican senator’s son, Izzy finds herself at the centre of a national scandal.
Everyone needs to go an pick up this book and give it a read immediately. You are certain to angrily scream at the way Izzy is being treated. Izzy is hilarious and a very true to real life teenage girl. She is a such a strong woman and handles everything that is thrown at her so well. None of the trouble she gets into is because of her! Grandma Betty and her best friend Ajita help her through all of her troubles and offer support when it is needed. I love the journey that Izzy goes on throughout this book. She learns a lot about privacy, equality, male entitlement, feminism, privileged and the importance of people you love and who love you back. Izzy’s character was so likeable and absolutely hilarious. I wish I had the comedic genius that Izzy has. I would also like an Ajita spin-off if that would be possible. I loved her character and want a lot more of her story.
This book taught me a lot about feminism and equality. I would like to read more books that tackle feminism. Thanks to this book I really want to learn a lot more about feminism. I had also never realised how much of an issue the friend-zone is. Men can feel as though they are so entitled to a woman if they treat her and spend a lot of money on her when in all honestly they really aren’t and should stop thinking this is a thing that works.
Laura Steven’s writing is beautiful and made reading this book so easy. I love that she is raising awareness of all the problems that women are currently facing in society. I will certainly be picking up any other book that Lauren Steven writes in the future.
I have to mention this quote as I relate to it so much! I left university after my first year because I was not enjoying it and didn’t feel like it was beneficial to me. I then went on to try and find a job, this took a number of months, so I found this quote hilarious!
“Have you tried to find a job?”
“Good God, that’s brilliant!” I gasp, faux-astounded. “I had not previously considered this course of action!”
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to everyone out there! If you are trying to learn a little more about feminism and the problems women face in society today then this book is definitely for you. It is a heart-warming book and packed full of information. I will certainly recommending this book to everyone that I know.
Thank you to Egmont Publishing, Electric Monkey, Laura Steven and Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Until next time,