• Greetings from sunny Naples☀️
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Yesterday I got a massage for the first time and I’ve never felt so zen in all my life!
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Today is being spent by the pool with cocktails and a little bit of laptop time.
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Speaking of there’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • A little belated considering I’ve been away for a little while now but my holiday TBR is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Three things: 
I am tanned.
I have read one book so far.
Peach Daiquiris are my new favourite drink🍹
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  • All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #bookshelf #ya #yasci-Fi #lgbtq #lgbtqreads #igreads #onceandfuture
  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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  • I had a wonderful evening with my favourite families eating so much amazing food and drinking all of the gin💕
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Seriously, I mean all the gin😂
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There’s a fair few reviews up on my blog at the moment (link in bio✌🏻)
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One of which is for The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle - what a fab little story!
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

The Exact Opposite of Okay By Laura Steven

January 29, 2018

**I received/requested an ARC/Proof of this novel Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I'm also incredibly lucky to be a part of the street team for this particular novel so expect to see it splashed across all of my social media. That aside this is simply a phenomenal book. 

I cry at books all the time and films (Toy Story 3 I'm looking at you here) but it is very rare that I find myself laughing at a book. Sometimes I'll giggle a little, but no. The Exact Opposite of Okay had me cackling every other page. The humour Laura injected into the novel was incredible, it felt like it was aimed at me. As a character Izzy is so sarcastic and witty...which I like to think I am (but know I'm far from it). The pop culture references I loved, mainly because the vast majority of them were Harry Potter related. I mean a sausage dog called Dumbledore? Yes please. 

Humour aside I was really impressed with how real each character felt. Izzy is a flawed human being, she's had an awful life but as a result uses humour as a defence mechanism. I've certainly met people who do that and across different forms of media its a recurring thing. She made mistakes, which everyone does and she acted like a teenager. God forbid some of us actually do (did I'm my case...21 is scary) that. Ajita is glorious. That is all. And I appreciate the diversity in this novel. There's POC characters, LGBTQ+ characters. But my favourite part. There isn't a song and dance about the race or the sexuality of the characters. They simply are and as a result I couldn't imagine them any other way. I sometimes find when its shouted about its a little like a ticking a metaphorical box. Also read the novel, I think everyone has had a Danny in their life at some point...

What impressed me the most was how Laura unapologetically went after the phrase slut shaming. The entire crux of the novel centres on one eighteen-year olds 'sexploits' (glorious word) being broadcast across the internet. Photos of her in compromising positions have been put onto a website labelling her a whore and then an intimate photo she sent was added to the mix. Izzy, aforementioned victim, then has to cope with backlash. Walking through the corridor and hearing disgusting slurs thrown her way, reporters hounding her at every chance. The worst part? She is the only person in the situation to be receiving this treatment. There were two other guys that were involved. One who had also shared an intimate picture but that was brushed under the carpet and forgotten. The final few pages of the novel really hits home what slut shaming essentially is. In essence, if you decide to take charge of your sexuality be it in the clothes you wear, your actions, anything. You're a slut. But my god is you refuse you get branded a tease, frigid. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. 

This YA novel takes to task the double standard with regards to sexuality and exposes it for how ludicrous it truly is, whilst being absolutely hilarious. 

Out on the 8th March. Read it. If you're a guy,  a girl, or NB I think you'll get something out of it. This is the sort of book I want to hand out of a pamphlet. 

INFO

Name: The Exact Opposite of Okay*

Author(s): Laura Steven 

Publisher: Egmont

Pages: 352

ISBN: 9781405288446

Rating: 5/5

Have you read The Exact Opposite of Okay? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    January 29, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I think I have to have this book. I’m fascinated with the psychology and sexism surrounding slut shaming. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention!

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      January 29, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      It’s honestly incredible, but also so sad how accurate a portrayal this is of a teenagers life.
      March 8th! Let me know what you think when you read it!

      Katie x

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