Bitches bite back
I choose to read The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven because I loved the cover, with all its bright colours and happy images. I wouldn’t say the story is as happy as its cover, but it is well written and Izzy is a great main character.
Book Review: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Title & Author: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Genre: Contemporary, Drama
Release Date: March 8 2018
Publisher: Electric Monkey
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 give The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven four out of five hearts because I thought it was a great read. The events in this novel feel real and could happen to anyone, but I thought there are some actions by main character Izzy that set this novel in motion and I think she is completely to blame for.
Izzy is a character who could be anyone. She has a hobby at which she is great. She secretly dreams of making it her job, but for that to happen she needs the money to go to school, which she doesn’t have. I do feel that if she put more effort in school, she might have been able to get a scholarship to go to college and in that way pay for her life, instead of living of her grandmother (which is why she wants to start working instead of going to college). I feel that she is not well enough informed about what her options are for someone in her position. And her life choices are also not the greatest. She sleeps around and when that bites her in the butt, she breaks down. She gets kicked of the shortlist of a competition and the whole misery shouldn’t have happened if she had made better choices.
A downside of this novel I found was the amount of boys in Izzy’s life. I sometimes completely lost track of who was who and because of this I only know she gets betrayed by her best friend, but I don’t remember his name. I mostly just know the role of the boy and not the name.
Overall I think The Exact Opposite of Okay is comparable to Girl Online, both are enhanced with blog entries and the events are comparable. I did like The Exact Opposite of Okay better because it felt less like life lessons and is was written for an older audience.
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