This proof was given to me for free by the publisher, Electric Monkey. This does not influence my opinion in any way.
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 have to say that I was super excited to read The Exact Opposite of Okay right up until I read the short description. Yikes, a contemporary about a sex scandal, no way that this was going to be a book for me. But it was my last YALC ARC and I was determined to finish my crazy plan of reading every ARC before its release date. Sigh…
Okay first things first, the general plot was indeed not really my cup of tea. An eighteen-year-old finding herself in a media storm surrounding her nude photos is not something that speaks to me. And yet… I still loved the plot? It went so much further than just that sex scandal and I loved the story without a doubt from page one.
The main reason for this is very simple: we’re following one of the best and most relatable main characters in recent YA literature. Izzy is a sarcastic, filthy-mouthed teen that aspires to become a comedic screen-play writer. As she says herself, there is a lot to do about getting girls into STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) which is of course a very important thing, but I loved reading about a girl wanting to be a comedic writer. That’s not something that’s easy for girls to attain either.
Another refreshing thing to read was the amazing girl friendship. This is the kind of sisterhood friendship I love to read, but don’t often get. Usually the friendship gets ruined by despicable jealousy or backstabbing, but here we get to see two girls who love each other like sisters. Hell, I’d love to have a Singstar dancing session in matching Star Wars onesies.
I get why he’s lashing out. As a privileged white dude, he’s used to being able to buy whatever he wants. He lives in a country where even the presidency can be bought.
But he can’t buy my love. And that frustrates the hell out of him.
And than I haven’t even touched on the fact that this is one of the best feminist reads I’ve ever read. I don’t really want to go in too many details, but The Exact Opposite of Okay confronts slut-shaming, double standards, Good Guy™ and so much more. I honestly had tears in my eyes at a certain point just because I needed to go to sleep and I didn’t want to put it down.
Look, I tend to shove amazing feminists books in the face of my friends and you, dear reader, are now my new BFF. This is another one of those books that need to be obligatory reading to high schoolers everywhere and should definitely be on your TBR asap.
Have you read this book? If not, does it sound interesting to you? If yes, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!