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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 scanda ...more
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Published March 8th 2018 by Electric Monkey
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Taiwo | A Lifestyle Nerd It's not romance. It's a YA Contemporary with a lot of humour and feminism. The romance plays a VERY VERY small part in the book and it's not a…moreIt's not romance. It's a YA Contemporary with a lot of humour and feminism. The romance plays a VERY VERY small part in the book and it's not a romance in the erotic sense of it. Just a bit of kissing.(less)
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Thank 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 that can start a conversation, all of the topics ar
I don't want to sound dramatic but this book is going to change the world.

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When I just finished reading this book, my first reaction was “this book is going to change the world” and I still stand by that statement. There have been a lot of books with feminist themes and about feminist topics but none of them have been like this. None of which have had the potential to be this influential (at least not to the extent that I’ve read). This book is so p
Having sex with guys you barely know, at a party, in public, is one thing. But demanding other people to respect your choices is something else entirely. While this book is right on terms like dealing with revenge-porn AND slut-shaming only the girl where a boy is equally involved, it fails in giving out a proper message.

Izzy O’Neill is bought to nationwide attention, when her two one-night stands at a party go viral. The humorous exterior she built for herself can only last so long when the wh
Tan Markovic
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 I am
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Friendship, sex, feminism, blame, attraction.

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
Francina Simone
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Emer by: Nkisha

I have lots and lots of feels but they are incoherent feels...


So this might be a complete mess of a review....
Nah. It WILL be.
Who am I kidding 😂


It's a sad indictment into the treatment of revenge porn in particular s
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, contemporary
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 stuff

I 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 then

Izzy was such a great character tbh, but I wish there was more of her standing up to the world about the feminist things, like slut shaming, and 'nice guys' , ra
Kate (GirlReading)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know you’re going to be in for a treat when a book features a dachshund called Dumbledore and after reading and heavily relating to the line “maybe I’m just being melodramatic. I just really hate getting out of bed” on the third page, I very quickly realised The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven was not going to disappoint. *spoiler alert: it definitely didn’t disappoint.* The Exact Opposite of Okay was the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging/Easy A mash up I didn’t know I’d been longing ...more
Trigger Warnings: racist comments, homophobic comments, sexism, slut shaming, asshole guys, creepy older men, depression, anxiety, revenge porn, the death of parents, sex (not graphic)


I went in to The Exact Opposite of Okay expecting absolutely nothing. I didn’t think I would even like it. I’d read the first page on my Kindle at least seven times and gone ‘eh no thanks’ before I finally decided to completely jump in. I absolutely
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
*deeply inhales fresh air*

oh god this is the book i've been waiting for, at long last????? c: c: c:

Odette Knappers
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, inbezit, gesigneerd
Dit kan wel eens het beste YA boek van 2018 voor me zijn.

Slutshaming, vrouwelijke seksualiteit en alles dat er mis is met onze huidige maatschappij zit in dit boek. En het is overgoten met een enorme uitgeschoten scheut gortdroge humor.

Ik kan een heel verhaal gaan ophangen met meer uitweidingen over waarom dit boek zo geweldig is, maar dat ^ vat het samen. Dit boek is geweldig. En superbelangrijk. En megagoed.

Iedereen zou dit boek moeten lezen. Iedereen. Echt.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hmm... I have really mixed feelings on this book. Review to come closer to release date.

Zoë ☆
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just ordered a physical copy because this was one of my favourite books of the year! I also found out that there’s going to be a sequel just now so that’s awesome!!
I can't believe how underrated this book is, I have literally only seen like two people reading it BUT IT'S SO GOOOOD
The Exact Opposite of Okay was such a great book!
I think it is relatable to a lot of girls and it was very inspiring and empowering to read! It was full of great humour too!!
Definitely recommend 😊
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN

I really didn't think this would be one of my favorites. It's been such a long time since I labeled a book as a favorite.
I am impressed. With the main character. Izzy is such a beautiful soul. I don't agree with all of her choices, but she's only 18!!! A teenager. What do you expect? At that age everybody is allowed to make stupid decisions or act crazy. What should everybody shame her for her way of living? Everyone of us does most of what she did. It is so normal now. The o
Allesbehalve oké is absoluut een aanrader voor alle (tiener)meisjes vanwege het onderwerp. Seksualiteit, slut-shaming, feminisme - een prachtig actuele thematiek. Ik vind het heel belangrijk dat er over dergelijke onderwerpen geschreven wordt.
Maar vond ik het een goed boek? Niet echt. De vele verwijzingen naar Harry Potter en andere popcultuur voelde voor mij erg geforceerd aan en ook de schrijfstijl lag mij persoonlijk niet. De personages zijn wat mij betreft iets te veel de 'perfecte buitenbe
Monica Haak
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5/5 sterren!
in het begin een combi van heel grappig en heel irritant maar daarna toch wel echt heel goed en actueel.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Язык простой (я бы даже сказала, для не слишком далеких людей), книга небольшая.
Знакомьтесь, Иззи – худший персонаж всех времен и народов. Распущенная хамка, которая считает себя центром вселенной и которой все обязаны. Это какой-то ужас. И она еще всю книгу со мной спорит (да, вот так вот… такой персонаж спорит с читателем, доказывая ему, что она королева, а читатель – нетолерантный дебил из среднего века, которого надо сжечь на костре, если он хоть в чем-то с ней не согласен).
А этот ужасный ю
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelly by: Beth
Actual rating- 4.5 stars.

This may be a bit long. Firstly, thanks to Beth for the recommendation and the other people who told me just buy the book already, in one form or another. :) And now that I took their advice and have read it, I'm listening to a bunch of female positive songs, including but not limited to, Beyoncé- Run the World (Girls), Little Mix- Salute and Jordin Sparks- I Am Woman.

Cause, you know, we woman are amazing!
And basically, everyone needs to read this book. (As both a wom
Stacey (prettybooks)
18-year-old Izzy parties, drinks, dances and... sleeps with a boy. But that's her business. Until a slut-shaming website is set up and she becomes the centre of a national scandal because the boy in question is a politician's son. Thankfully, Izzy doesn't have to deal with it alone.

Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.

Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In het begin irriteerde ik me een beetje aan de humor; de humor was grappig, maar het was een beetje te véél. Gelukkig werd dat wel minder, en het onderwerp van dit boek is wel heel belangrijk om aandacht aan te besteden. Het is actueel en het zal veel meisjes aanspreken. Hoewel de gebeurtenissen best heftig zijn, wordt alles op een luchtige en grappige manier verteld, waardoor ik het boek zo uit had! Fijn. :)
Oda Renate
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 million stars.
I went into it thinking it would be about slut shaming, which it is but its about so much more, its about gender, high school, life, choices, screenplays and edgy jokes.
Also I LOVE LOVE LOVE how Izzy mentions that she cant get a job, I have never had a job in my life have applied but never gotten one, seems that in tv\movies\books if a character needs money they get a job in no time. Refreshing to see that Izzy does NOT have one.
I NEED this to be adapted as a movie!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not for me

I 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.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. Also, very, very important.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Als je een feel good boek zoekt, raad ik je dit boek aan. Ik vond dit boek zo leuk!
Kwante in Wonderland
I absolutely loved it!! Review will follow on my blog soon!
3.5 stars.

This had a ton of great feminist vibes and messages, and I enjoyed it overall, but the second half of the novel was definitely the strongest. It took a little while for me to get into the writing at the beginning (in the style of diary-entry type blog posts, with some extra edited asides from Izzy), but my main problem was that the humour didn't always translate well on the page.

Books like this that rely a lot on humour can be pretty hit and miss for me, because telling jokes verbally
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey guys, I really, REALLY loved this book and I’m so excited to share my review with you. It’s out now, so make sure you grab a copy! If you’ve already read it, remember to leave your review on retail sites like Amazon!

“Bitches bite back. And men hate that. Society hates that.” – Laura Steven, The Exact Opposite of Okay

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven is an eye-opening look into people’s capacity to destroy one another. It explores themes of revenge porn, friendship-zones, entitled bo
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Vanaf de eerste pagina zat ik in het verhaal. Op pagina 50 wilde ik opnieuw beginnen lezen, omdat het boek volstaat met fantastische quotes en grappige frasen. Om tijd te besparen (het doel was Allesbehalve oké uit te lezen vóór Yalfest) ben ik toch maar gewoon blijven lezen. Tot het einde heb ik met veel plezier gelezen. Ik raad dit boek aan letterlijk iedereen aan, misschien nog het meest aan mijn eigen leerlingen en collega-leerkrachten.

(Ik waarschuw je alvast, dit wordt een
Finished in one sitting! I sticky tabbed the shit out of this and also highlighted it A LOT. I really loved this book. It was incredibly intense, powerful, dramatic, funny and downright educational. 10/10 recommend.

This book discusses the injustice that women face on a day to day basis and takes a really raw subject to tell the story of a teen who was forced into a year of injustice because a boy decided to leak a nude photo she felt forced to send in the first place. It discusses victim blamin
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Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut, was published by Egmont in March 2018. The sequel, A Girl Called Shameless, will follow in 2019.

As well as mentoring aspiring authors through schemes like Pitch Wars, Laura works for Mslexia, a non-profit organisation supporting women writers. She graduated with D

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