The Exact Opposite of Okay- Review | Book Review

March 06, 2018



The Exact Opposite of Okay

by Laura Stevens

3.75-4 out of 5

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

So I would consider this to be my first completed book of the year, and it was an amazing one at that.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Stevens is a novel (to be honest I don’t know what genre to put it in- contemporary/ coming of age?) about a girl called Izzy, who is an aspiring comedian and screenwriter who life begins to fall apart when nude photos of her are leaked on the internet.
Izzy feels her life crumble away, making her lose almost everything which is important to her.


At the start of the novel, I wasn’t a fan- I found Izzy to be a try hard and a lot of her humour just fell flat. The jokes were cringey and borderline offensive sometimes. It wasn’t enough to make me put down the novel, but it was definitely I turn off. I think that the humour was intended to balance out with the serious nature of the book, but it wasn’t necessary, if that was the case. Sometimes it also felt misplaced when juxtaposed with elements of the novel which were very serious.

Characters that I loved from the start were Betty and Ajita. They were funny in the right places and overall very lovely. I found myself incredibly invested in them, I think more so than in Izzy. It was very relatable that Betty worked so hard and her relationship with Izzy. It was nice that Stevens included an alternative mother figure in Betty, and the relationship dynamic I got to see between the two. I think that everyone wants a friend like Ajita too, although her taste in gifts is a little suspect.

Danny...well, I never liked him. He was somewhat predictable and annoying and whiny and overall quite detestable.

The plotline felt kind of slow at parts, but I loved the premise of the novel. Sexting and revenge porn and cyberbullying are really important problems which are addressed well in the book, as well as the implications and responses to such things happening. It’s an important book to read, so I would definitely recommend it, although it might be slightly triggering to some people.

However, there were other important topics discussed in the book, eg, feminism and others which may spoil the plot line so will not be mentioned- which I think were done poorly. I disliked the way Izzy addressed some things and just cringed and felt a little frustrated when reading.

Izzy wasn’t the most relatable character, because she made some poor decisions in the duration of the book, but she dealt with her situation well, and I found that admirable. By the end of the novel I was rooting for her and the ending, although not what I was expecting, was satisfactory.

In short, this book wasn’t the best book in the world, but I would consider it an important read as it deals with a serious global problem quite well. I would recommend it, but please keep in mind that it deals with quite serious topics.


This book is due to be published on the 8th of March 2018 (International Womens Day). Buy it here

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16 comments

  1. I love honest reviews like this! I'm not too sure I'd like the book because of the subject matter, but I'd actually been considering reading! Very glad I read your post xox

    www.wordswithel.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I understand that the book deals with topics which aren't really for everyone, it quite an unusual topic to read about!

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  2. I love the idea of book reviews, I just said earlier I need to read more and I think this has actually gotten me interested in this book! Xx

    Itsallzara.co.uk

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    1. Oh you should most definitely read it! I love reading, I always try and post reviews when I finish a book but it is pretty hard nowadays because of school.

      Thanks for commenting x

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  3. I love truly honest reviews! I’d actually consider trying this book just from what you thought of it as it sounds interesting ☺️ Xo

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    1. Thank you! I hate the idea of buttering up, or making my reviews ultra-soft and sweet. Without constructive criticism, no-one can progress! I hope that you do read it, if so, please share your thoughts with me, it would be lovely to hear from you.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  4. I love seeing other people's views on books that they have read. It sounds like you connected with the characters- even the ones you disliked, which all makes for a read.
    Sounds like a good book, and one I would look into reading. Will have to have a search for it on my kindle!

    Aimsy xoxo

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    1. Definitely have a read of it if you can get it! I love to review books on my blog, so please let me know your thoughts if you enjoy it.

      Thanks for commenting Aimsy!

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  5. I love how honest your review is, and I feel like this is such an important topic, one that I haven’t read much about so I feel it definitely does need to be addressed, especially amongst teens! 🙊

    Andi | www.andthenzen.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! It really is an important topic, and who knows, this book could lead to some major reformation!

      Thanks for commenting!

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  6. It’s nice to see an honest, it wasn’t your absolute favourite review, I sometimes worry that I can’t put up even slightly negative reviews on my blog. However it would be interesting to read as you said it covers a global issue

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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    1. Thank you! Honestly, constructive criticism is what shapes the world; without it, people cannot progress so don't be afraid to share it!
      And yes, this is most definitely an important read, please let me know your thoughts if you ever pick it up.

      Thank you for commenting.

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  7. Loved your book review! I've been trying to start back reading frequently. Even at work we compiled a must-read list. This book is not the genre I tend to go for, but sounds like an interesting read.

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    1. Thank you! I think that the trick to reading more frequently is just finding books which you cannot put down. For that, I always recommend "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. It's one of my all time favourite books, I literally read it in a day or two.

      Thank you for commenting!

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  8. I really liked how honest you were with your review! It does sound like it could have some good points about it but it’s a shame that you didn’t enjoy it that much!
    Love, Cally x
    https://lovecally.com/

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    1. Thank you! I always try to be honest and constructive in my reviews, because I end up in contact with a lot of the authors whose books I read. If you read it, please let me know your thoughts, I would love to discuss!

      Thanks for commenting too!

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