Published by Karakter on April 30th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Feminism
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 received this book for an honest review
The Exact Opposite of Okay, or in Dutch; Allesbehalve oké, is one of the books that I read because I was going to meet the author. I had no clue what it was about, I just knew that people were very positive about this book and that is has a beautiful cover. Which is fine, because I kinda like to dive into a book without knowing anything beforehand. And my oh my, what a book this was.
I did an interview with Laura Steven, so obviously I felt like I had to read the book beforehand. Otherwise, it would have been a bit of a weird interview, wouldn’t it?! So because of this, I really really hoped that I was going to like the book, because – again – the interview would have been a bit awkward. Luckily I didn’t just like the book, I absolutely loved it! And I had the best interview ever – which will be online soon.
Back to the book, The Exact Opposite of Okay is a very lighthearted, humoristic, easy to read book. But at the same time, it covers some really important subjects like friendship, slut-shaming, sexuality, being friend zoned, and also a bit of feminism. I love this because even though this is a book you could easily read on a beach somewhere, it really has something to say. It goes a lot deeper than your typical boy meets girl kind of book. Especially in the world we now find ourselves in, the whole ‘me too’ thing – this book is very relevant right now. It’s fun to read, but it also makes you think about things. This quote says it all: “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 guess what makes this book great is the humour. Izzy is such a funny character. And with subjects like these, you really need some humour. Otherwise, it would be a very heavy read. I do think this humour isn’t for everybody, but it made me laugh out loud multiple times. Izzy is also a very likeable character. She is really strong, and she is also a little feministic I would say. She really grew on me more and more during the book. Sometimes it’s nice to have a character that is a bit like you, who you can relate to, and sometimes it’s nice to have a character who is quite the opposite of you. Well, Izzy falls into the second category and I loved her!
The Exact Opposite of Okay is a fantastic book. Well written, easy to read, very funny and covering important subjects. A book that makes you laugh ánd think. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend reading it. Put it on your Summer TBR, you won’t regret it! I can not wait for the sequel to this.