Young Adult, Contemporary, Feminism
March 8th 2018
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 could not stop reading this book
I inhaled this book. Literally. It is such an enjoyable book to read. I seriously could NOT put down the book. The writing style of Laura Stevens is completely and utterly shameless and spectacular. She brings forward the concepts of slut-shaming, an ugly society, and imperfect characters. No one is perfect and The Exact Opposite of Okay shows exactly that.
“Bitches bite back. And men hate that. Society hates that.”
The main protagonist throughout the story, Izzy O’Neill, is an incredible character to read about. She has no qualms when it comes to talking about sexual activity. However, this gets taken out of context when a picture she has no shame about (due to body positivity) leaks onto the internet. It made me so angry that society can shame a girl for showing herself but when it comes to the guy? Nope, praise all around!
Izzy is a joy and her humor about everything is bloody fantastic. She is super sarcastic and incredibly strong. I enjoy the fact that she really gives no shits about what people think. The friendship she also has with her best friend Ajita is also wonderful. Although Ajita has problems of her own, she still supports Izzy in any way she can. It’s the type of friendship anybody can dream about!
My other favorite character within the book is Izzy’s Grandmother, Betty. She raises Izzy right and does not give a crap about what other people about her. I would say that Izzy has learned a lot of her qualities from her. She is a fantastic role model. Better is most definitely the type of person I want to be when I’m older.
I had a very big love/hate relationship with Danny. Although he is friends with Izzy and Ajita, sometimes he just came off as a dick. There were moments I enjoyed his character and other times I wanted to punch him.
“Because you know my motto: do no harm, but take no shit.”
Even though the primary story of The Exact Opposite of Okay is about slut-shaming and a national scandal, it is not a hard read. Through blog posts that Izzy writes, it makes the story funny, quirky and realistic. That is what I love the most. There is 100% no filter. The details of everything is laid out for everyone to see and that is ballsy/
I like ballsy books.
Overall, The Exact Opposite of Okay had me hooked from the first page. It is incredibly written and brings home the truth behind victimizing and more people need to read it!