WINNER of the inaugural Comedy Women in Print prize 2019.
'A brilliant social satire ... disarmingly charming and relatable ... it was hilarious.
Laura Steven is an explosive talent on the page!' CWIP judges Marian
Keyes, Kathy Lette, Katy Brand, Allison Pearson, Shazia Mirza and Jennifer Young
'Laura Steven simultaneously destroyed the patriarchy and made me laugh so hard I choked. I will protect Izzy O'Neill with my life.' Becky Albertalli, author of Love Simon
A hilarious, groundbreaking young adult novel for anyone who's ever called themselves a feminist ... and anyone who hasn't. For fans of Louise O'Neill, Holly Bourne and Amy Schumer.
Izzy O'Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by ...
Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician's son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off - but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It's the Exact Opposite of Okay.
Bitingly funny and shockingly relevant, The Exact Opposite of Okay is a bold, brave and necessary read.
For fans of Booksmart, Sex Education, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Doing It by Hannah Witton, Love Simon by Becky Albertalli and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.
'Funny, unapologetic and shameless in the best possible way, this is a YA heroine (and book) that you've never seen before' - Louise O'Neill, award-winning author of Asking for It
'This book will make you laugh out loud, nod in agreement, cringe with recognition, and stand up and cheer. I adored it' - Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
'I LOVED this book! A really smart, relevant and switched-on exploration of teen sexuality, gender and slut-shaming' - Katherine Woodfine, bestselling author of The Sinclair's Mysteries
Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. She has an MA in Creative Writing and works at a non-profit organisation supporting women in the creative arts. Her TV pilot, Clickbait, was a finalist in British Comedy's 2016 Sitcom Mission. The Exact Opposite of Okay is her first book for young adults.
This is Book 1 in the Izzy O'Neill Series. See all Izzy O'Neill books here.
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Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. She has an MA in Creative Writing and works at a non-profit organisation supporting women in the creative arts. Her TV pilot, Clickbait, was a finalist in British Comedy's 2016 Sitcom Mission. The Exact Opposite of Okay is her first book for young adults.More about Laura Steven