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The Exact Opposite of Okay: Book Review

Book title: The Exact Opposite of Okay
Author: Laura Steven
Genre: Contemporary, Feminism
Target Audience: Young Adult

“What do I want to be now? Bold. Fierce. Honest. A fighter. A revolutionary. A bitch. Because the way the world treats teenage girls – as sluts, as objects, as bitches – is not okay. It’s the exact opposite of okay.” 

I chose this because of the bright coloured cover and the synopsis. She is part of a national scandal, she is a teenage girl and sex is involved. With it being a feminist book she is slut-shamed and the lads get away with it because boys will be boys.

I want to see how she deals with it as I’m sure she is the better person.

Sorry if it’s poorly edited I wrote this while in the hospital.

1526477648602 The Exact Opposite of OkayIzzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying around 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…  –

dun dun dun…

This book is fantastic. Why hasn’t anything like this been in my life before now? Izzy is amazing. Ajita is such a great friend and then there’s Danny. Token ”good-guy” who is upset and finding out he’s been friend zoned that he is willing to tell Izzy to fuck off one minute, buying her flowers the next, then throwing said flowers on her desk when he finds that they were destroyed and doesn’t ask for an explanation. Izzy is going to hell and back and all he can think about is his delicate ego. Grow some balls and help your friend without thinking about your penis.

Izzy has basically been attacked twofold. She’s been called a slut and a whore because she said yes to sex and has the right to do so. Also because Danny isn’t happy in the friend zone this is his way of attacking Izzy’s right to say no. It’s a lose-lose situation for Izzy to be in and this is simply not on as this happens way too often IRL.

The characters and storyline are so true to life it is quite scary.

Not that I have ever been in this position myself but with the way of the world now I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone ended up in Izzy’s shoes. We have paparazzi who wait on bated breath to see if a celebrity will accidentally flash then show it to the whole world.

I also think it’s very wrong (but so very right at the same time) that Vaughn didn’t get any negative feedback for his dick pic. He is just as much to blame as Izzy but is he called a slut? No. Is he a whore? No. And why not because he’s a man and a woman should respect her body as if she starts loving herself then she might just get the wrong idea and give her body away for free. That is not how the world is supposed to work…apparently. I am a believer that anything a man can do then so can a woman.

I’m going to give this book a good ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because I thought that the website owner was a bit predictable and how stupid must you be to link it to your own social media page 🙄

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