Magazine article School Librarian

Steven, Laura: The Exact Opposite of OK

Magazine article School Librarian

Steven, Laura: The Exact Opposite of OK

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Steven, Laura

The Exact Opposite of OK

Electric Monkey, 2018, pp352, 7.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 4052 8844 6

I really, really want to love this book, as it addresses a very important issue--sexual double standards, in the setting of an American high school. Izzy, aged 18, is an orphan who lives with her minimum-wage grandmother. She underachieves at school, but one teacher has spotted her as a talented comic writer and pays for her to enter a screenwriting contest.

But then the book conjures up a modern horror story, where a naked selfie goes public to the entire world. After a school party, Izzy is labelled 'promiscuous' on a website for having sex with two boys in one night. The involvement of a local politician's son means that the global press latches onto the story, and in no time at all Izzy's selfie has been leaked and she has become a worldwide scapegoat for 'everything wrong with teens today'. …

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