A witty look at young adult life when things turn the exact opposite of okay, focusing on the treatment of teenage girls and feminism.
Izzy O’Neill’s life gets turned upside down when explicit photos of her appear online, and there’s only so far that her natural optimism and wit can keep her going. However, the lads involved are left unscathed as Izzy is shamed for only doing what’s natural at her age. The unfairness of it all, and the manner in which Izzy is treated is disgusting and really riles you up as you read it! I wouldn’t call myself a feminist, but this book really does highlight a massive issue in the world regarding teens, gender equality and sex.
I absolutely adored The Exact Opposite of Okay and couldn’t put it down! Izzy as a narrator was so entertaining whilst showing her vulnerability when her humour couldn’t mask it. She was in essence a very typical teenage girl who you could relate to. A concept I really enjoyed as someone in my early twenties was the differences between all the guys in the book and how being a “nice guy” is very different to being a “good guy”. This is an idea that’s very accurate!
I would definitely recommend that all young girls/women read The Exact Opposite of Okay, especially fans of authors such as Holly Bourne and Sara Barnard. Laura Steven is an exciting new voice in YA and I can’t wait to see what’s to come next!