How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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…
I had heard good things about this book but I wasn’t sure that I would like it as much as I did. I thought it was wonderful! Although it was a little slow to start, when it got into the action I couldn’t put it down. I immediately liked the main character, Izzy, she’s funny and sarcastic. My favourite things.
The Exact Opposite of Okay is all about Izzy. She’s an eighteen year old student who ends up sleeping with two people following a party. She sends a nude picture to one of the guys which ends up being leaked online. Izzy finds out about a website that has been set up all about her- slut shaming her. She finds herself in the centre of a sex scandal. Before long, Izzy is being hounded by reporters, hated by her peers and shunned by her friend’s family.
I loved Izzy because she was so flawed. This is a real character. Izzy makes some pretty bad choices but she never apologises for what she’s done. Izzy continues to make mistakes as she deals with the backlash, including outing a friend publicly. Izzy deals with every single thing thrown at her, seemingly with ease, it does drag her down at points and I was concerned when she was at her lowest point. (See, sign of great writing- making me worried for a character!) Izzy definitely grows throughout the story. I can see that some people might not like her because of the choices she made. Izzy is never ashamed for having sex and although what she does is something many wouldn’t do, she didn’t deserve the abuse she got from it. I thought she was a fantastic character. I love how Laura Steven wrote someone so confident within themselves.
Please don’t let this book being labelled as a feminist book steer you away from reading it. Personally I think it’s been called that because it does speak about how the men in this book were treated completely differently to Izzy even though they had both had sex. I think it’s great that there’s a YA contemporary out there that openly discusses slut-shaming, cyber bullying and revenge porn. I’m so interested to see where the sequel goes.
Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I think it may divide opinions but I thought it was a wonderful look at double standards when it comes to males and females!
I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!
Book images go to Goodreads!
NOW– The Astonishing Color Of After– Emily X. R Pan– I’m almost halfway through this book about a girl whose mother committed suicide. She’s convinced that her mother has come back as a bird.
THEN– Tender– Eve Ainsworth– This is a raw read about young carers. Both characters are experiencing caring for a family member.
NEXT– The Exact Opposite Of Okay– Laura Steven– I’m looking forward to reading this book soon. I don’t know much about it but it caught my eye when I looked at 2018 Debuts!
What are you reading this week? Let me know!
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!
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I have heard mixed things about this book, but I really want to give it a go!
This book sounds so good and I’ve heard lots of positive things about it!
This is one of my most anticipated releases for this year!
So many blogging friends have recommended this. It’s definitely on my radar to read soon.
Again, highly recommended! I’m intrigued.
How about you? What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.
This week’s list is all about the books that we want to read in Spring! I’m working on finding some fabulous debut authors this year, so I’ve decided to read some 2018 debuts for Spring.
This book sounds absolutely fabulous! It’s about a girl whose mother commits suicide and she’s convinced that her mother has turned into a bird.
Love this cover. It might be quite simple but I think it’s effective. It centres around Izzy who has all sorts of rumours flying around school about her.
I’m intrigued by this book!
Love this cover and I really like the look of this book!
This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2018!
Blurbed by Becky Albertalli… a definite yes for me!
This looks fabulous!
LOVE the look of this one!
This is another highly anticipated read for me!
I can’t help but be drawn to contemporary YA!
I’m very excited about my Spring TBR! Let’s hope I can get around to these books!