Book review

The Exact Opposite of Okay

Title : The Exact Opposite Of Okay

Author : Laura Stevens

Publication Date : June 11 , 2019

Publisher : HarperTeen (Harpercollins)

Genre : Young Adult Contemporary fiction

I thank Edelweiss and HarperTeen for granting me a copy in exchange for my review.

Goodreads Summary

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 will be whole heartedly dramatic and yell “this book will change your world”.

I had resistance picking up this book because of my friend(whose opinions i care for) who didn’t had a strong opinion about this one .

But this book changed the world and changed me.
(If you’re here for the review scroll through until you find review in block letters. Thank you for your patience)

Izzy is a sexually active and “do or die” kind of person . (We have to remember the boy MC who we had with this same trope until a few years back ). She gets drunk and sleeps with two guys in a single night and sends a naked pic of herself to one of the aforementioned boys. And her pictures having sex and being naked gets online and becomes a world-wide scandal.

Laura presented a MC with a controversial activity and explores into deep involved thoughts of human mind. Slut shaming , Mob mentality , news industry stalking scandals , Primitive views on pre marital sex , victim blaming , revenge porn and more are being analysed.

Izzy’s character evolves with the plot. She starts as a sarcastic easy going person and we pass through her depression , anxiety , regret. This book is honestly more about izzy being slut shamed and bouncing back. It’s about finding ourselves , people who we love and standing up for what we believe. Pick up this book whatever you believe. Read this , especially for the connection you get from Izzy at some point. Read this because the voice of the victim ought to be heard.

Review

The plot line and the title were intriguing enough to pick up. And i wasn’t disappointed a bit .

Characters

what if not all teachers are Dementors in human clothing?

Izzy is sarcastic , funny and awesome. She loves her friends and her life even though it’s not 100 percent perfect (what is?). She is lovable.

And you are not a bad person. Stalin was a bad person. You are lovely.

Ajita can’t be more adorable. She’s the perfect piece for Izzy. Think of the two best friends you’ve envied or wished you had or the one you have . Thats Izzy and Ajita.

Danny has many surprising twists and if you don’t know anything else than the goodreads summary , there are many shocks awaiting you.

Betty was so cool and surprising. She is one hell of a supportive person and she just being the grown up version of izzy makes it so cute.

Writing

Writing was great in a good way but it might’ve been more . I can sense Laura can do more. Thats all.

Izzy was funny alll the time and it being her pov makes us wanna hit izzy for her being funny.

Plot

I really wanna say the plot was handled well. But it wasn’t. A book this controversial and heavy should’ve covered more point of views. I would’ve killed to read Betty’s and Ajita’s POV.

Yes this wasn’t a perfect book. But this as well have been. This book sheds a new point of feminism which is always being said. Equality.

The world owes you nothing. Girls owe you nothing. We do like good guys. You just aren’t one of them.

A person shouldn’t be judged by their actions differently because of their genetelia or money or race or anything else.

Did you read this book? What do you think about victim blaming or revenge porn? Let’s talk.

Happy living

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