My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review
This is the most important, powerful YA book I’ve ever read. Never before have I read a book that so perfectly depicts the hipocrisy of our society which encourages women to be sexual and then unapologetically tries to destroy them if they dare to be proud of their sexuality and own it.
The Exact Opposite of Okay follows orphan and aspiring comic Izzy O’Neill as she becomes the centre of a national scandal after photos of her having sex with a politician’s son are maliciously spread across the internet.
Izzy is a fanstastic role model for young women. Strong, hilarious and confident in herself, she is the kind of girl I always wanted to be as a teenager. If I’d had this book when I was 18 I would have completely fallen in love with her and I really think she would have inspired me to react to certain situations in my own life with more tenacity and confidence.
In the same way Louise Rennison’s “Confessions of Georgia Nicolson” were the ultimate depiction of young teenage girls in their day (and it makes me feel about 100 to say that, because it was my day too!) Laura Steven has perfectly captured what it’s like to be a young woman today. The friendship between Izzy and Ajita reminded me of my own friendships when I was 18. When you’re a teenager and get to see your best mates every single day you develop a certain kind of closeness that you don’t often get the opportunity to develop in your adult friendships. Izzy and Ajita’s friendship reminded me of how much fun I had with my own best friends (and how we still revert back to our teenage selves whenever we’re together.)
It’s so refreshing to see a YA book not shy away from the topic of casual sex amongst teenagers and more importantly, it’s vital for teens to know about revenge porn and learn early that it is not ok for people to try to shame them. I can honestly see this book becoming a classic for teenage girls to read, in the same way reading Forever by Judy Blume is a right of passage.
I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel.