Bitingly funny and shockingly relevant, The Exact Opposite of Okay is a bold, brave, and necessary read for fans of Louise O’Neill and Jennifer Mathieu.
Eighteen-year-old Izzy O’Neill knows exactly who she is—a loyal friend, an aspiring comedian, and a person who believes that milk shakes and Reese’s peanut butter cups are major food groups. But after she’s caught in a compromising position with the son of a politician, it seems like everyone around her is eager to give her anew label: slut.
Izzy is certain that the whole thing will blow over and she can get back to worrying about how she doesn’t reciprocate her best friend Danny’s feelings for her and wondering how she is ever going to find a way out of their small town. Only it doesn’t.
And while she’s used to laughing her way out of any situation, as she finds herself first the center of high school gossip and then in the middle of a national scandal, it’s hard even for her to find humor in the situation.
Izzy may be determined not to let anyone else define who she is, but that proves easier said than done when it seems like everyone has something to say about her.
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While the beginning of this book did little to catch my attention, I was slowly sucked into the story bit by bit.
Izzy is a character I’m sure we could all relate to if we were in the same position as her. Someone who tries to look toward the bright side when things get rough. Throughout the book, it was clear that she just wanted to move forward from what happened. And while it was done through comedy, the points had been made.
Unfortunately, some of the parts that were supposed to be funny didn’t come across that way. That seems to happen more often than not in books with comedy in them. Also, I wasn’t really impressed with the “blog-like” factor. In fact, it didn’t feel like a girl blogging about her days at all. It felt like an author writing a character’s story normally, with these blog headers in it.
Other than that, the plot flowed fairly smoothly. The characters all developed nicely, and it was an okay read. For that, I rate this book 3 stars.
Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut, was published by Egmont in March 2018. The sequel, A Girl Called Shameless, will follow in 2019.
As well as mentoring aspiring authors through schemes like Pitch Wars, Laura works for Mslexia, a non-profit organization supporting women writers. She graduated with Distinction from her MA in Creative Writing in 2017, and her TV pilotClickbait–a mockumentary about journalists at a viral news agency–was a finalist in British Comedy’s 2016 Sitcom Mission.
Laura is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media Inc.
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