Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Exact Opposite of Okay” as Want to Read:
The Exact Opposite of Okay
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Exact Opposite of Okay

(Izzy O'Neill #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,219 ratings  ·  843 reviews
The Exact Opposite of Okay
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Electric Monkey
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Exact Opposite of Okay, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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 romanc…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)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.11  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,219 ratings  ·  843 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Exact Opposite of Okay

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
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't want to sound dramatic but this book is going to change the world.

---------------------- REVIEW ------------------

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
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 whole nation has seen her private parts and is calling her a slut. The only thing she has going in her favor is her best friend Ajita, and being shortlisted
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely had a lot of amazing feminist commentary and themes that it explored, but it just really didn't work for me. I really didn't like the writing style/the main character's voice. The main character Izzy is a comedian and I really didn't connect with her humour most of the time. There was even a really gross bleach joke that made me feel disgusted. So, because of that I didn't really enjoy my time reading this despite the amazing discussions it had.
Tan Markovic
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviews can be found at:

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 a
Cora Tea Party Princess
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Emily May
DNF. Looking at the reviews, I feel like the only person who thinks this so you should take my words with a pinch of salt-- but I couldn't get past how strange it was that this British author Americanized her book. The Exact Opposite of Okay feels like what it is - a Brit's attempt to Americanize a story which, in tone at least, read very British to me. Maybe I only think this because I'm a) British, and b) Have lived in the U.S. for several years. But it's so strange.

The humour didn't quite hit
Francina Simone
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Emer (A Little Haze)
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Emer (A Little Haze) 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)
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)
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
Noa ☾

"If only the entire world did not equate harmless fun with whoredom of the highest order.”

​Women don't owe you anything. The Exact Opposite of Okay tells the story of high schooler Izzy O'Neill whose nudes "accidentally" leak. Its recipient being the son of a political figure, Izzy quickly gets thrown under a toxic and very public spotlight. The Exact Opposite of Okay has a diverse cast of characters which is always nice to read about (Indian rep, LGBT+ rep, disability rep, "non-tradi
Lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

“Do no harm, but take no shit.”

It seems I am to be disappointed by (wonderfully) feminist young adult contemporaries this year. While the issue that The Exact Opposite of Okay tackles is so incredibly important, and the reason I picked it up in the first place, the book doesn’t quite manage to get it across during the entirety of the story.

Only on the last few pages does it do a passable job of reaching into the depths and the heart of feminism—but in the form of articles that t
Zoë ☆
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 😊
beth ✨
Hmm... I have really mixed feelings on this book. Review to come closer to release date.

I will be whole heartedly dramatic and yell "this book will change your world".

I had resistance picking up this book because of my friend(whose opinions i care for) who didn't had a strong opinion about this one .

But this book changed the world and changed me.
(If you're here for the review scroll through until you find review in block letters. Thank you for your patience)

Izzy is a sexually active and "do or die" kind of person . (We have to remember the boy MC who we had with this same trope unt
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
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
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
5 “pure brilliance” stars


I am madly in love with this book!

It is clever, witty, moving, smart, bold under the cover of a seemingly innocent YA story!

I think every teenager and professor and parent should read this book!

I also give Betty the gold medal of supportive, unconventional and witty grand-mother.

And I want to be Izzy O’Neil when I grow up!


Let’s rewind here.

I decided to read that book after having read Sim (alias Simant @flippingthroughthepages) raving about it on IG
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
Rian *fire and books*
Everyone needs to read this.

No seriously, your mom, your dad, your cousin, your niece, you son, your aunt with glaucoma, great uncle Rickey with a y, and your dog (especially if it’s named Dumbledore).

This was incredible. It was honest, funny, and a searing take on being a teen girl.

Fucking 10/10.

Everyone needs Izzy in their life. In fact can we all write to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and have them adapt this. It can be their new thing and Maya Rudolf can play the lovely Mrs. Crannon?

This is a
Oda Renate
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 stars

I have been meaning to read this book since it was recommended to me in 2018 and WOW I WISH I READ IT SOONER. This is a feminist novel and touches on topics like slut-shaming, the toxicity of the “friend-zone” and victim blaming. The main character, Izzy is perhaps one of my favourite protagonists in the history of ever – she’s a budding comedian and absolutely hilarious. I have never laughed so often or as hard as I did while listening to this book. Between the hilarity and the anger I
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 b
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Also, very, very important.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
Did I root for the extremely unlikable main character? Yes.
Did I enjoy reading this book despite its narrow, white-centric portrayal of feminism? Yes.

And will I recommend this book to others? Not anymore.

Much like Izzy O'Neill, the author is an unapologetic white feminist, and as a woman of color, I can't bear to touch any of her books anymore. I am deeply disappointed by her behavior and principles (or lack thereof), and I refuse to support anyone who partakes in harming marginalized communitie
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!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Places I've Cried in Public
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?
  • Goodbye, Perfect
  • Floored
  • I Was Born for This
  • It Only Happens in the Movies
  • Rules for Being a Girl
  • Yes No Maybe So
  • Theatrical
  • A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)
  • Clean
  • The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting
  • ...And a Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club, #3.5)
  • Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #2)
  • How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club, #2)
  • Unconventional
  • The Black Flamingo
  • Jelly
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Izzy O'Neill (2 books)
  • A Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O'Neill, #2)

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We’ve got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
20 likes · 4 comments
“Bitches bite back. And men hate that. Society hates that.” 24 likes
“[It may seem like we're always eating, but that's because we're always eating.]” 18 likes
More quotes…