The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite of Okay

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...

Details The Exact Opposite of Okay

TitleThe Exact Opposite of Okay
Release DateMar 8th, 2018
PublisherElectric Monkey
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Feminism, Young Adult Contemporary, Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction, Lgbt, Romance

Reviews The Exact Opposite of Okay

  • Beth
    ALL OF THE STARSThank you so much netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review."Shame. It’s a peculiar beast, especially when it happens in public. It leaves you powerless. It strips you of everything you thought you knew about yourself, forces you to examine the very core of your being."Where to even begin with this book?! This is one of those where I would honestly want anyone and everyone to read it. It has so many topics...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    There are not enough stars in the world for this wonderful book.Before reading, I was pretty excited for this book. I'd caught my first glimpse at YALC, failed in my endeavours begging for a copy, then managed to get it on NetGalley.As I was reading, I felt all sorts of emotions. I subjected Steph to a lot of them because she'd already read it. This is a book to make you angry, but it is also gloriously written.After reading, I sat and stared at ...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    I generally really enjoyed this, and it addressed some important issues too, but the one thing is that I wish there was more towards the end, with more of the feminism stuffI really liked the layout, how it was written as blog entries mostly, it was really fun to read, especially with the narrator adding extra notes in every now and thenIzzy was such a great character tbh, but I wish there was more of her standing up to the world about the femini...
  • Tan Markovic
    Izzy is a typical high schooler and budding comedian. She goes to parties, drinks beer and makes out with boys – just like every other 18 year old. What’s different in Izzy’s case is that one night, she goes to a party, drinks beer, has sex… and ends up being at the centre of a sex scandal with a politicians’ son and the victim of a horrible slut shaming website.I was excited for this book the minute I read the synopsis on Goodreads and...
  • beth
    Hmm... I have really mixed feelings on this book. Review to come closer to release date.
  • Lia
    I don't want to sound dramatic but this book is going to change the world.RTC
  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    Since it's quite a while until the release date, I'll wait to post my review for a bit!
  • Abbie Mays
    This book was everything I wanted and needed in a book. It was so, so good. I'm goingto say now that this review is going to be overwhelmingly positive because I can't think of anything that I didn't like about it. I would normally try to say things that I liked and disliked, but I have no negatives (that never happens). There are so many things I loved about this book.First of all, the characters were wonderful. The protagonist, Izzy, tells her ...
  • Kirsty
    Not for meI hate books with dead parents especially when they go on and on about it. Constant references to tragic orphan status got old quickly. I didn't get the humour at all and found main character to be a bit callous at times. Moving on to something else and DNFing this.
  • Lindsay Bilgram
    *Thank you NetGalley and Egmont Publishers for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*4.5"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"Izzy O'Neill is a typical high school senior—she has friends, she has a life, she has dreams for her future, and she has sex. Not a big deal, ...
  • Natalie
    Wow, what a fantastic read - I devoured this book so fast! Laura Steven has wonderfully written a story of such importance that it needs to be read by absolutely everyone, men AND women. The message it sends informs readers in a fun blog-style way of the issues many people face in everyday life (including slut-shaming, privilege, racism, cyber-bullying...), and this highlights the changes we so desperately need in people's attitudes towards them....
  • Isabelle
    i feel like this is a book a lot of boys should read. so they have a chance of turning into semi-decent men.
  • Danni Jervis
    Holy shit that was a powerful read.A true emotional roller coaster, I've never gone from being so horribly sad to utterly furious as quickly as 1.5 of a chapter before. Every teenager needs to read this, no scratch that everyone needs to read this because the realities of slut shaming and male entitlement that is dealt with in this book is an unfortunate reality.Inspiring, this truly is a novel for anyone who calls themselves a feminist.
  • Annabel
    I loved this book so much, I admit that I had to get used to Izzy the first few pages. But this book reads like a train! I couldn't put the book down and the fact that Izzy actually speaks right to you as a reader makes the book even more interesting. Although you know you're reading blogposts it still feels like you're sitting next to her and listening to her telling her story. The subject is of course something you see happening a lot now. The ...
  • Kate (infinitelynovel)
    This was absolutely brilliant. Funny, bold, and unflinchingly feminist, I knew The Exact Opposite of Okay would become one of my favourites after reading the first page! It tackles issues such as slut-shaming and male entitlement in such a powerful, honest way. I'm still thinking about this book 3 days after finishing it.I can't wait for the release date so I can excitedly thrust this book in people's hands. Highly recommended for fans of Holly B...
  • Christine
    A timely, important debut, THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY should be added to school libraries across the world. It's unabashedly feminist. It's hilarious. It's also heart-breaking -- sometimes switching from one to the other in just the space of a few lines. It is, sometimes, a bit difficult to read because it is so true. The premise of this book -- girl accidentally becomes the center of a national sex scandal -- may seem far-fetched, but Laura Stev...
  • Shanna Hughes
    THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY by Laura Steven is the 2018 book you NEED on your shelves. It’s such an important story, and it should be required reading for everyone.Eighteen-year-old Izzy O’Neill is a hardcore feminist, and funny AF. I loved her voice, her witty remarks, her sarcasm, and her geeky references. In short, I want Izzy O’Neill to be my new best friend. Steven did a wonderful job of writing a complex, flawed and layered main charac...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    This is one of those books that EVERYONE should read; it’s the kind of book that should be studied in schools, because the subjects that this book deals with are so important and relevant. It explores the Friend Zone, revenge porn, the self-entitled Nice Guys. It explores privileges. It explores how, in our culture, boys are congratulated for their sexual conquests - they are ‘lads’, while girls are whores and sluts when they engage in the ...
  • Annabel
    I have received a digital version of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I am one of the lucky ones who can read this book before the publication. I joined the street team of this author a while ago because the book appealed to me enormously and because she also comes to Yalfest! I started this book immediately after Moxie and I was a bit worried that this might influence my opinion because I liked that book so much.I didn't ...
  • Nkisha
    *I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Let me just start off with last night I should have been revising but ended up staying up late to finish this book. Therefore, it is Laura Steven’s fault if I fail my exams! *I’m joking*. Anyway I’m not the best at writing reviews but this book really deserved one. I fell in love with the MC Izzy and all the quirky people that made up her life. I felt l...
  • Jenni
    A powerful read about slut-shaming, male entitlement, gender bias, femininity and friendship and a lot of other important things. Seriously though, everyone needs to pick this up when it publishes in March.
  • Aoife
    Actual review: 4.5If you see a friend or loved one without this book, be sure to give them a copy that they may read it.
  • Hannah
    So this has gone straight in as my favourite book of all time. I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review "If people cared more about being kind than being successful, the world would be a much better place" Ok so there is no way for me to write this review without being incredibly personal but oh my God I wish Izzy O'Neill had been around when I was at school. I relate to her on so many levels it's almost scary. I ge...
  • Katie Greenwood
    **I received/requested an ARC/Proof of this novel Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**I'm also incredibly lucky to be a part of the street team for this particular novel so expect to see it splashed across all of my social media. That aside this is simply a phenomenal book. I cry at books all the time and films (Toy Story 3 I'm looking at you here) but it is very rare that I find myself laughing at a book. Sometimes I'll giggle a litt...
  • Hâf
    Unfortunately this book was not my style, after reading the tag line 'ground breaking young adult novel for anyone who's ever called themselves a feminist' I was expecting a book similar to Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu but was sorely disappointed. I was tempted at about half way through this book to give up on it and leave it unfinished, but I decided to plough on as I hate leaving books unfinished. I'm glad to say the story did start to pick up sli...
  • Liam
    Reading The Exact Opposite of Okay was not easy. It's horribly uncomfortable to see yourself reflected in one of the characters of a novel in a negative way. But that's one of the reasons why I think this book is so important and so powerful. Yes, we need to teach our young girls about feminism, tell them "This is okay for you to do." and "This is not okay for people to do to you." But we also need to teach our boys and men. "This is not okay. Th...
  • Nana
    This book is like the title states, the exact opposite of okay. It gives us a clear view of the victim blaming that is so popular these days. I started this book with a good laugh and I turned out to be quite angry at the end. I'm so glad she didn't give in to Danny. He really started to get on my nerves and at the end I really wanted -excuse my language- to punch him in the face. We need more of these kind of books, because it gives us a clear v...
  • Christina Reid
    So glad to have finally read this after hearing so much about it over the past few months -so topical and important, this should be required reading for everyone! Full review to come!
  • Steph
    If I could give this book more than 5 stars I completely would. Izzy O’Neill is going to make some noise in 2018 and rightfully so. This book is incredible and necessary. It shouts and barks about important issues like revenge porn, victim shaming and blame culture. I just adored it. Everyone needs to read this book. Buy it.
  • Emily Louise Smith
    *Review from my blog*Laura Steven’s YA debut is an absolute wonder, I’m already convinced this will be my favourite read of the year. I loved pretty much everything about this book, and I’m actually a bit sad I’ve finished it, I’m already trying to convince everyone I know to read it upon release as I can’t wait to talk about it!Izzy O’Neill is quite possibly the funniest main character I’ve ever c...