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Oh My Goth

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,521 ratings  ·  263 reviews
A note from Jade Leighton's journal Years ago, a tragic accident robbed me of my mother and emotions. Because I find beauty in darkness and thrive outside social norms, I've been labeled a "freak" at school. I know my continued apathy hurts my loved ones, but I'm not about to change. Nothing will ever hurt me again.Then I wake up in an alternate reality...and everything e ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Harlequin Teen (first published July 4th 2006)
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Miranda Reads
She's committing total social suicide.
Much like Kanye West and Taylor Swift, or like Anthony Bourdain and Paula Deen, Jade (a Goth) and Mercedes (a "Barbie") are mortal enemies.

Mercedes commands an army of Barbies, who delight in kicking Jade when she's down.
I'm not a bad person. I haven't killed anyone...So why do people look at me as if the world would be a better place without me?
It feels like no matter what she does, Jade always gets the short end of the stick. Even her teachers parti
Miranda Reads
Aug 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
When the author of the worst series you ever read announces that she's rewrote her first YA novel.
I'm totally like:
Honestly, after reading the Everlife series, I cannot imagine anything worse.

And then I read the reviews for Oh My Goth. Aka I am so psyched for this rewrite.

Already got the original from the library and pre-reserved the rewrite.
Steph (Reviewer X)
I'm so surprised that I'm writing a negative review of this book. When I first got Oh My Goth, I thought it'd be one of those books that I'd recommend to all my friends. The premise was great! I mean--here's to showing everyone is human on the inside and labels/appearances should not be the defining factor of a person or their worth.

And then...

Well, first off, we get this huge contradiction right at the opening. Each chapter is prefaced with a blurb from Jade's private journal--here's the firs
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

First published 2006.
Young adult twist on Its a Wonderful Life or Freaky Friday.
The first half of the book sets up the lives of Jade, Mercedes and new school classmate Clarik. There is tragedy, friendships and deliberate cruelty. And then reality is twisted and they must learn and understand their new world to survive.

As is typical with this type of renewal and awakening story, I cried through the last 50 pages. It wasn’t really a mystery what was going on, but the r
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for

Jade is a Goth-girl who is a total nonconformist and is a "freak" at her school.

Mercedes is a "Barbie" -- blonde, super-popular, and a total conformist, who is also Jade's mortal enemy.

Clarik is a new mysterious boy that has come to their high school, who Jade quickly realizes she has a crush on.

The girls' principal is sick of these two girls causing problems so she decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget.

After getting the parents'
Nov 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh My Goth was oh my god bad. I slammed the book—twice—on the countertop while reading. I ranted to my brother how much I disliked the book. I fumed for a good 10 minutes afterwards. My ‘dogma’ of how MTV books could never go wrong has proven to be blasphemous with this book.

When reading the summary I thought ‘hey this sounds pretty good’. When I finished I nearly—gagged—myself.

Jade needed a new sense of what it means to be an individual. She needs to understand that wearing clothes that a major
Dec 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you couldn't tell that it was going to be bad by the title or the sh*tty tagline ("Kiss my hall pass"), don't worry. It's bad from the very first word written.

Jade is a self-proclaimed "nonconformist" goth girl who is picked on by everyone else (except for the three only other goth kids in the school - yeah right) because she's different. Mercedes is the most popular girl at school who's main goal is to make every loser's life a living hell. One day, both girls are "taken to a remote location
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked this book, I was so excited to read it because I thought it would be a cute story about a girl who's goth and probably judged for it, but in the end she has this deeper side and when people discover it, she ends up being liked, right? wrong.

in the story we have Jade Leigh, who is about the most stereotypical goth kid, on the face of the earth. along with her (very defined goth friends whom the author described as "cyber-goth, cementry-goth, and other types as well). okay, rig
Yuki Burton
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jade is so spoiled. If I had acted this way at her age, I'd have gotten my little ass kicked sky-high to Mars and back.

Name choices are quirky at best. Clarick? Was that really necessary?

Moral of story: all popular people are shallow and all nonconformists are deep thinkers - not.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Kristen McQuinn
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Totally mindless teen fic. Loved it, but it could never be called "good." It was good reading for the plane, kept my mind off the fact that I was 40,000 feet off the ground. That alone earns it 2 stars rather than the 1 it probably rightly deserves. :)
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a story of two teens from opposite sides, a goth girl and the other a popular who struggles with family and high school issues. After a near miss accident, their world is turned upside down. The goths are the populars and the populars, well, are not. Both girls experience a whirlwind of struggles, but this time in another person’s shoes a
It was cute. For fans of Freaking Friday & A Christmas Carol!
Boundless Book Reviews
“Fact is, everyone in the world is going to die at some point. No need to get attached.”

Jade Leighton hasn’t had it easy, after the tragic loss of her mother. It’s haunted her, its left her feeling numb. She doesn’t want to feel, doesn’t want to attach herself to anyone. Which leaves everything in her personal life strained. She knows it but doesn’t feel she has to change.

At first, when I started reading this story. I thought it would be a typical girl has no feelings and learns to open herself
Sarah Perchikoff
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As much as I’d like to say that Oh My Goth would have helped me when I was younger, when I was in my “goth” phase, I don’t know if I would have been ready to learn the lesson it’s trying to get across. Reading it now feels like a breath of fresh air and something that I can fully appreciate and understand. I can understand Jade before she goes into the “goth world” and after and what she learned. While this book came out when I was in a sort of similar place as Jade, I am so glad I read it now r ...more
Jade Leighton had a hard life, and the time after that wasn’t spectacular either. With the death of her mother when she was little, she decided that not going to feel for anyone or anything anymore is the way to live. Then, she won’t be so devastated when they go. Because in her experience, most everyone goes away – family, friends and even hopes for a boyfriend. It’s just easier to stay apart – let them talk, it doesn’t really affect you if you don’t care – right? Oh how wrong that is, but Jade ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
As a child, Jade witnessed her mother's death in an horrific car accident. In an effort to protect herself, she decided to stay detached and numb herself from the world. A conversation with her dead mother and a bump on the head brings her into an alternate reality in order to help her see the dangers of living her life behind her emotional armor.
The freaky things shunned by mainstream can be beautiful.

• Pro: The whole Goth thing was secondary to many of the other wonderful messages and ideas in

I’ve always known Showalter’s works are always from unique plots, those that are very unusual, but a book that features virtual game combined with Goths and Barbie clones? Way unusual, and very intriguing.

It’s a story that presents the reader how some people would want to show heir individuality even to the extent that they would bend all rules to show that they are special and that they are not one of the crowds, they stand out. That was the case of Jade Leigh, and that’s why she hated Mercede
✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
Eventhough this book was pure fluff I still really enjoyed it. A really light, easy read, with a simple plot and some likeable characters. This sends a good message to teens that it's what's on the inside that counts not the outside. My reason for removing a star was that I found in some places it contradicted itself and the whole popularity struggle got a bit annoying. Jade wants to be recognised as an individual whilst hating on the 'Barbies' but says she's just a normal person with feelings.. ...more
Amelia Volkova
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
16 year old me would have loved reading this book. Hell, I still enjoyed it immensely, but I would have really loved it while in high school. It was a sweet and sad story, cheesy at times, funny sometimes, and lots of lessons to be learned from it. When I saw the title, I knew it was exactly for me and I'm glad I got approved for the galley on Edelweiss. Main character, Jade, shuts out the whole world and tries not to care about anything, because she knows that's how you survive the pain of life ...more
Aug 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Wow. I recently unpublished one of my books, & I'm in the process of rewriting it. I just wasn't happy with it, and I felt like those specific characters deserved better than I gave them. Plus, readers didn't respond to it, and it just generally flopped. So this idea is intriguing to me; an author rewriting her first book due to the negative reviews it got, years out.

Showalter is a particularly polarizing author who a lot of people seem to either adore or hate, with little in-between. Her bo
DNF - Did not finish.

I was really excited about this book, but it fell really flat for what I was hoping for. I might pick it up again and try to finish it, but for now it's a DNF with no rating. I will recommend it because I can think of a number of people who would be interested in it.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'The Thirteenth Floor' back in its girlish puberty.
'So Friiiight'
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Well when I started this one I thought I was going to hit it right off and it was going to be the love of my life this year. But sadly here I am writing a DNF failed read review for it. I am very sad right now.

Do I Recommend this book? Not really

Notes and Opinions: When I picked this one up I was so excited man! I love Showalter and I really wanted to love this one. I mean look at that premise it looks SO GOOD!!! It's all about showing that every
Eli Carey
Oh My Goth is great in the sense of sharing a message of loving who you are. The main character Jade has always opposed social norms and, because of that has many struggles at school. She is often bullied but she refuses to change herself just because other people don't like it, which is wonderful to find in a book, because our society today focuses so much on human perfection. Where the book struggles though is that it follows a lot of high school stereotypes that contradicts the main message o ...more
An interesting read. Jade Leigh is a girl in high school who hates conformity. In one of her classes she gets kicked out and sent to the principles office. While waiting for the principle, there is a guy sitting outside the office, Clarik. She thinks he's hot. She is goth, though, so she expects him to dismiss her as insignificant. He doesn't. Then she's called into the office. She has been in trouble quite a bit, so the principle is at a bit of a loss as to what punishment should be meted. So s ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
This book is extremely cliché. I feel like there was no actual meaning to this book, about 20 pages in, I was ready for it to be over.

The story of this book is that Jade and her enemy Mercedes are hit by a car and go into this sort of freaky Friday reality. In this reality Jade, on day 1, seems to care about all sorts of things she had no care for at all in her actual reality. (view spoiler)
Ye olde guilty pleasure for tiny teen Cenda, way back when. 😅 In hindsight rather cringey but I did love it...
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the kind of novel all teenagers should read.
Why? Because being fashionable, being popular can change in a moment, being your self will not. You will be generous, funny, obnoxious, lovely, kind, hurtful all on your own, so why homologate yourself with a dress code that proclaims to the world nothing but "I'm trying to be perfect/strange/something, anything to distinguish myself from the mass". It's not what you wear that's important.
This book is all about that. It's about how much high-schooler
Apr 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anybody
thought it had a good plot and was great in making it relate to our world.I loved the poems the author put in on every chapter.
like most of my books I'm left wanting more not becuase the book wasn't good but becuase I couldn't let go of the book.
I read this book in a day.
it's basicly about a girl that is always getting in problems and always stands out even when she tries her hardest not to.
she sent to this world were things are so much different then she could ever think.but her friends wouldn'
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

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