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The Exact Opposite of Okay

"An edgy, penetrating, powerful tale for young adults and beyond."

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Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 Winner

A witty, sharp, provocative tale full of heart… this is a book that made me smile and ache with sadness, sometimes at the same time. 18 year old Izzy O’Neill finds that the world is bewildering place when explicit photos of her with a politicians son emerge online. Why is she is the one who is trolled, bullied, torn apart in the press? Thank goodness for her friends! Laura Steven has created a spiky, sharp-shooting, wonderfully endearing character in Izzy. Her diary-like entries are vividly expressive, and full of humour and attitude. I wanted to shout and berate the unfairness of the situation, to fling out my arms in protection. Written for Young Adults, I would recommend this for older teens and upwards. Teenagers and adults alike should be aware of the importance of what is written here. The Exact Opposite of Okay is an edgy, penetrating, thoughtful read with a very pertinent sting, I simply adored it.

Liz Robinson

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This book is honestly one of the best teen fiction texts of our time. Truly inventive, hard-hitting and relatable.

This book is honestly one of the best teen fiction texts of our time. Truly inventive, hard-hitting and relatable, Laura Stevens has crafted the character Izzy O’Neill to be broken down into pieces and built back up again. However, don’t think that by the genre it’s going to be guy gets the girl and that’s how she’s fixed. Judging by the title, it’s not her health either - she has highs and lows like the rest of us and due to the circumstances you don’t blame her for most of her actions. Her journey is more based upon a critical point of view many of us see in day to day life – sexual inequality.

Rebecca Milne