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A Girl Called Shameless

(Izzy O'Neill #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  661 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay.

It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape sh
Paperback, 364 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Electric Monkey (first published March 2019)
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Laura Steven
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book almost murdered me.
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
“A Girl Called Shameless” is the second in author Laura Steven’s Izzy O’Neill series. I haven’t read the first one but it didn’t matter, this can easily be read as a stand-alone and what fun it was too. Dirty, shameless, rude, funny and bang up to date. The ‘Bitches Bite Back’ teenage feminist movement, gather momentum this time taking on local state laws regarding revenge porn. After a fellow student also falls prey to a slut-shaming the girls form a protest march to show the state they aim to ...more
4 Stars!


”So I guess you made me see it’s all life and death, and just because you care deeply about one issue don’t mean other issues can’t matter too.”

Going in to this, my expectations were already pretty high, I absolutely ADORED The Exact Opposite of Okay. Hands down it was one of my favourite books last year, and if you consider yourself a feminist, I strongly suggest you read it! Anyway, before I get off topic and start gushing about another book I best start talking about th
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! Izzy is such an amazing character. The book is funny, important and real! (I loved that ending 😍😭)
Oct 29, 2018 marked it as will-avoid-forever  ·  review of another edition
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know if it’s possible, but I think I loved A Girl Called Shameless more than The Exact Opposite Of Okay. Izzy the feminist who is trying to change the world for the better spoke directly to my tired heart.

I want the world to be a better place, for people to be held accountable. I want women to be able to go through life without being afraid or belittled or sidelined. I want men to be able to talk about their feelings or indulge in more “girly” pastimes. I want so much it hurts some days
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, meeting Izzy and her friend again was really nice. It also angered new, why do we still condemn women for owning their sexuality? A really good follow up to The exact opposite of okay!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist
Absolutely perfect. I loved the character development Izzy went through and that made this book even more powerful.
There will probably not be more books in this series but if there were I'd most definitely read them.
Sleepless Dreamer
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I literally can't stop thinking about the shooting in New York. Like, I know that this world is full of violence but somehow, the fact that someone would want to hurt Jews celebrating Hanukkah, after the shooting in New Jersey and the shooting in Germany, it just feels wildly overwhelming and just plain scary.

We had a lesson about antisemitism this week (yeah, good timing) and talked about political power growing from hate, talked about nationalism and globalism, about identity politics and it'
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 /4🌟 thank you so much to the publishers for sending me an early review copy. I'm finding myself becoming really tough with my 5 star book ratings ATM and I've been in a slight slump lately but this book made me laugh, cry and experience so many emotions. I highly reccomend especially if you loved TEOOO! ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow. What a book!

I hadn't realised this was the second in a series so I did have to play catch-up a little bit but that didn't stop me from being in awe of this entire story. There were times when I was so emotionally invested in the topics that I had to take time just to digest and process.

Feminism. Sexual harassment. Misogyny. Exploitation. Sexuality. Patriarchy. Wealth divide. Community. Prejudice. How can a book cover so many important topics with such tenacity and hilarity?!

Unfortunately t
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd almost forgotten how much I loved Steven's writing style! It was so much fun to be inside Izzy's head once more. Again, Steven tackles some serious problems, but she manages to keep it light by using humor.

This is a very good sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay. I didn't really know what to expect, but Steven didn't disappoint at all!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books, 2019
I was really looking forward to this book and it definitely did not disappoint. First off, the title of this book is just. Plain. Perfect. Ironic, but it is just totally shameless. I love it.

In terms of the story, I thought it was a great follow up to the first one and is just the perfect example of what feminism truly is and stands for. Revenge porn is real and needs to be addressed and the girls fight throughout this book is both frustrating and empowering with a really rewarding and kick-ass
Where The Exact Opposite of Okay was really refreshing and poignant, I thought this sequel lacked a lot of urgency. I just felt like the author was kind of rehashing what happened in the previous book and there wasn't a real plot.

Overall, it was still funny, and I still really liked the characters, but it was just kind of boring as well and it felt a little unnecessary at times.

CWs: revenge porn, slutshaming, victim blaming.
Zoë ☆
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars!!
I really enjoyed it! Hilarious, but very powerful! I definitely recommend it :)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A read and reviewed The Exact Opposite of Okay at start of the year and I absolutely loved it. I’m very happy to say that A Girl Called Shameless is a more than worthy sequel.

A Girl Called Shameless is an enthralling book. It’s the sort of book you can read in a day because of how fast-paced it is, how layered and funny the characters are, and how it balances tough topics with levity and teenage-relatability.

In A Girl Called Shameless, Izzy and her friends start a movement to get the law changed
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Because the way the world treats teenage girls- as sluts, as objects, as bitches- is not okay. It's the exact opposite of okay.”

Good Lord, this book was incredible. It is so relevant to the issues in our world today and the way in which Laura Steven lays it all out on the line like that just took my breath away. I will literally read anything she writes from now on.
Patty Zuiderwijk
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
story 4/5
characters 4/5
writing 4/5
audio/paper Paper.
reread? I probably will. Would also enjoy a third book...
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love a powerful, feminist story
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 actually but who's counting?

Izzy is still her hilarious self, except this time, her "cracking jokes to hide my insecurities" attitude is toned down a bit and it's great. We get to read about how she feels, really feels, about what happened in TEOOO, how Hazel's story brings it all back and how scared and hopeless she feels, not only about revenge porn, but also about her own future. I love the fact that she's clearly poor (I'm so tired of reading about teens who sound richer than me and s
Chelsea Moreen
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-release
4.5 stars.
Absolutely bloody incredible. Everybody needs to be reading this series, it is so so important. The topics are handled so amazingly, not just sexism, consent and feminism but also toxic masculinity, poc rep, trans visibility. I absolutely adore these two books and maybe hope for a third? Just because this book like the first was such a joy to read.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Strangely Laura
This was the perfect follow-up to The Exact Opposite of Okay. I loved it so much. Izzy and Carson are my OTP. Just everything about this book is perfect and I love it so much. Empowering women to take action, reminding them our voices will be heard, DID I MENTION REPRESENTATION????? Honestly it's great and I can't fault it and everyone should read this.

Can't write coherent reviews when I love a book this much.
Meggan Turner
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has left me with so many emotions and I'm just so so in love with Izzy and her story. It's so empowering, raw and honest and I love how real everything is. Izzy is such a wonderful character and I adore following her story so much, and the fact that this book shows the honest truth of how debilitating revenge porn can be, and the power that so many can have by standing up? PERFECTION. ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Izzy has become one of my favourite fictional characters ever and that is not an exaggeration. This story is so relevant in this day and age and it's utterly ridiculous that revenge p*rn is still legal in a lot of places.
I love Izzy's friendship with Ajita and Meg and her relationship with Betty is lovely and I just have so many emotions about this little family and I don't want to let them go.
Izzy is a star and I wish she was my best friend!
Tara Russell
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another sharp wry tale in the voice of Izzy - piecing back together her life after a video of her went viral for all the wrong reasons.

In this book Izzy and friends start up their Bitches Bite Back campaign to end revenge porn. Funny as always, but with lots of layers as Izzy attempts to figure out what she wants from her future - and who she wants in it.
I enjoyed this book, but just slightly less than the first one. I just feel like Izzy was a bit less Izzy-ish? Other than that it was great and I loved it!
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Argh, this was brilliant. RTC.
Didn't quite live up to the first book, but enjoyable all the same. ...more
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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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