TITLE: The Exact Opposite of Okay
AUTHOR: Laura Stevens
TRIGGER WARNING: Slut shaming, revenge porn.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HardieGrant AUS sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
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…
“Basically, if you’re a woman, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”
This novel follows our main character, Izzy, as she tries to navagate high school and real life, after having pictures of her and a politicians sone having sex, shown to the world. It’s a story of friendship, slut shaming, double standards, and coming out. All with humor woven in.
Izzy is such a lovable character, shes both funny and self decapritating that I would have adored this book a few years ago, when I needed to hear these messages because I didn’t already know them. I loved her grandma and her friend circle, because they were so supportive of her wants and her growing career as a scriptwriter. I found the characters and realtionships refreshing and realistic.
The story is told through Izzy’s blog, which was a nice way to read things for a change because it did make it a little different, even if at times it did read like a normal novel. It was really cool to have the occasional ‘fourth wall break’ where Izzy addressed the reader.
This is a really relevant novel at the current time, because it makes so many references, Films, Songs, YouTube, Buzzfeed. It means that people in current times are going to read it and feel really represented because they could see themselves in the world. However, it does mean that in five or so years, that this book is going to seem a little dated.
Overall this was a fun read, and it’s going to help and impact a lot of teens and young adults.
Until next time,