The Exact Opposite of Okay
by Laura Steven
Publisher - Electric Monkey
Release Date - March 8th 2018
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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’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has..
Fans of Holly Bourne will love Laura Steven!
Join the Bitches Bite Back club you'll want to after this story. Izzy O'Neill is unafraid of her reputation, she's a girl who likes to have fun, she's a girl who like to write blog posts and also playscripts, she's a girl unashamed of who she is and what people think of her. So one night at a party, two boys like her, kiss her and have sex with her. She's happy, it's consensual, there's nothing bad about it. is publicly shamed, vandalised and striped naked when a photo is shared online of her at a night at a party. She writes about it on her blog,
Izzy is hilariously honest, brutally and unashamedly funny and a total ace of a character. She is like all my favourite parts of characters out together. She is just so realistic, and she is proud to be so. That comes across loud and clear and you can’t not love her. Although in a way it’s kind of glamour to the person she learns to be painfully so. After her parents died, she uses comedy as a copying mechanism, she got that from her grandma, Betty. She is also undeterred about being an idiot sometimes too, she doesn’t care what people think, but she also learns too. Also she wants to care about is the people she loves around her, those are her...
Izzy has the best of relationships with her family and more importantly to some of her dearest friends. Ajita is absolutely the best person for Izzy, she is the funniest and totally unashamed to be Izzy best friend. She's their for the long haul, through the rough and that why I love her. Betty, her grandma, is best grandma in world. Why you might say, because she will do anything Izzy, she work her feet off trying to provide for her, and she doesn't get any rest-bite. She is truly extraordinary and a grandma and gran-daughter relationship to be proud of. But it's also the likes of her Drama teacher that really takes a shine to Izzy, with her script-writing as well as her favourite Reese snacks. Mrs C is one of the first teachers to really see the potential Izzy and her career. She has always felt that her script-writing was that, just writing for her own amusements, what she realises is that she has a talent, for putting her own character into something unique. I'd also say that Mrs C is the best fictional teacher I've read in a long time.
The Exact Opposite of Okay really focuses on how we as girls are treated or even viewed. It has a very feminist, realistic view that is touched by some many people now. What we wear, how we act, what we do is frowned upon and Izzy's story is the embodiment of this. She put the comedy to it as a way of shielding what she is really feeling. We shouldn't have to do that, should we? We shouldn't have to be the same, we are our own people. Our sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, and that the awful thing, we are made to feel like that constantly especially if it's in the spotlight. I commend Laura for really creating something that ultimately shouldn't go unnoticed, it's the people like Mrs C and Betty and Ajita that are also the bomb to Izzy when they were indifferent to her depsite her own assumptions to what they might be thinking. We are in control and nobody else should have a say unless it's consensual.
Laura is a power symbol among YA writers. She's bold, strong, realistic, she's doesn't shy away from the hardcore something either scary or cringe aspects of teenage life. This book is placed with the great Teen drama and queen of feminism, Louise Rennison and Holly Bourne. Laura Steven is YA author to look out for and I can’t wait for her return in 2019 with a sequel to this brilliant book.
Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“What do I want to be now? Bold. Fierce. Honest. A fighter. A revolutionary. A bitch. Because the way the world treats teenage girls – as sluts, as objects, as bitches – is not okay. It’s the exact opposite of okay.”
Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Thank you to Electric Monkey for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.