Oh My Goth
A note from Jade Leighton's journal Years ago, a tragic accident robbed me of my mother and emotions. Because I find beauty in darkness and thrive outside social norms, I've been labeled a "freak" at school. I know my continued apathy hurts my loved ones, but I'm not about to change. Nothing will ever hurt me again.Then I wake up in an alternate reality...and everything else has changed. Goth is in. I'm considered cool, and my archenemy--the formerly popular Mercedes--is the freak. But my real friends won't talk to me...and the new boy is getting under my skin. As my world spins out of control, I'm desperate to return to normal. But the more time that passes, the less I'm sure what "normal" really is.

Oh My Goth Details

TitleOh My Goth
Author
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
ISBN-139781335139726
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Oh My Goth Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    When the author of the worst series you ever read announces that she's rewrote her first YA novel. I'm totally like: Honestly, after reading the Everlife series, I cannot imagine anything worse. And then I read the reviews for Oh My Goth. Aka I am so psyched for this rewrite. Already got the original from the library and pre-reserved the rewrite.
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  • Steph (Reviewer X)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so surprised that I'm writing a negative review of this book. When I first got Oh My Goth, I thought it'd be one of those books that I'd recommend to all my friends. The premise was great! I mean--here's to showing everyone is human on the inside and labels/appearances should not be the defining factor of a person or their worth. And then... Well, first off, we get this huge contradiction right at the opening. Each chapter is prefaced with a blurb from Jade's private journal--here's the firs I'm so surprised that I'm writing a negative review of this book. When I first got Oh My Goth, I thought it'd be one of those books that I'd recommend to all my friends. The premise was great! I mean--here's to showing everyone is human on the inside and labels/appearances should not be the defining factor of a person or their worth. And then... Well, first off, we get this huge contradiction right at the opening. Each chapter is prefaced with a blurb from Jade's private journal--here's the first one: "When people look at me, they automatically assume I'm dark and weird. Why can't they see the truth? I'm just a girl, trying to find my place in the world." I thought, Okay, we're off to a great start. This character has strong likeable potential. But then the narrative began. Three paragraphs down the first page and we've got: "Honestly, I'd rather be anywhere else. Even home, where my dad begins almost every conversation with, "You should lose the black clothes and wear something with color." Puh-lease. Like I want to look like every Barbie clone in Hell High, a.k.a. Oklahoma's insignificant Haloway High School. Ironically, Dad doesn't appreciate the bright blue streaks in my originally blond/now-dyed-black hair. Go figure. That's color, right?" So, Jade complains about being judged based on her appearance, but here she is doing the exact same thing. Is it any wonder people think that about her? The book went on. Some passages were funny in a teen-angsty way. Others were bland. But mostly, my thoughts went elsewhere while I was reading. By the last page, I didn't care what Jade did, what the book's message was, or even how it ended. I won't say I was happy that it ended. I wasn't. I wanted to like this book. But I didn't and here's why: Jade was impenetrable. I couldn't figure her out or relate to her at all. In fact, I thought she was highly superficial, which is not something I want from any character, especially one I'm reading about in a first-person narrative. I'll even go so far as to say this book was superficial. It meandered along the surface, never really digging deep enough for me to get any substance. Some passages were unbelievably contrived, like the ones describing all the types of goths there are and how they dress, like it's one big institution. Is this what this girl considers being a noncomformist? Comforming to the "norms" or noncomformity??? Which brings me to my next point. Jade "expresses her individuality" because her mother, at the exact moment before crashing with another car and dying from the collision, told her to always be herself, no matter what. And now Jade thinks she has to be unlike everyone else to be herself. Someone please tell this girl that dressing differently doesn't make you original. Overall, didn't like the main character; thought the book's message was botched; didn't care much about about anything that happened. I had hoped this book would've gone to say something about how a person's essence is more important than their outer shell. It didn't. It focused exactly on the opposite, which makes it pointless. Rating: 3/10
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  • Rebecca McNutt
    January 1, 1970
    I was really expecting a book that would explain what the goth subculture is really all about, but again this book turned out to be just one big stereotype. Jade, the goth main character says phrases like "Fright" (in place of cool, nobody at my high school says fright), and she "dabbles in dark arts, has blood-red curtains and incredibly bad grades - except in creative writing". Go figure! Mercedes is your generic bleach-blonde bimbo bitch out to ruin Jade and her friends.Clarik (I hate when wr I was really expecting a book that would explain what the goth subculture is really all about, but again this book turned out to be just one big stereotype. Jade, the goth main character says phrases like "Fright" (in place of cool, nobody at my high school says fright), and she "dabbles in dark arts, has blood-red curtains and incredibly bad grades - except in creative writing". Go figure! Mercedes is your generic bleach-blonde bimbo bitch out to ruin Jade and her friends.Clarik (I hate when writers use gibberish names unless it serves a purpose), is just a weird outsider, like J.D. from Heathers.So, by the end of the novel it ends up like a hybrid between Heathers and The Breakfast Club, everything ends in a very unrealistic way and they all live frightfully ever after....My lord, did a school guidance counselor write this novel?I'm in a large high school, and I can assure you, none of the goths going here are performing dark arts or going to diners to drink fake blood or any of that garbage. It probably varies between goths, but I have yet to meet one as extreme as the ones in this novel.It was so fake-sounding that it made me want to toss it in the nearest dumpster; KIDS DO NOT ACT LIKE THE KIDS IN THIS BOOK. Maybe they do if they're living in a sitcom or a Lifetime Network movie, but certainly not in reality. Nevermind the fact that the sentence structure was oddly choppy, that the main character is full of herself and convinced she has all the answers to the world, or that several parts of the book are incredibly boring!My advice? Don't even bother spending your money on this one.
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  • Jennifer Wardrip
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.comJade is a Goth-girl who is a total nonconformist and is a "freak" at her school. Mercedes is a "Barbie" -- blonde, super-popular, and a total conformist, who is also Jade's mortal enemy. Clarik is a new mysterious boy that has come to their high school, who Jade quickly realizes she has a crush on. The girls' principal is sick of these two girls causing problems so she decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. After getting the parents' Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.comJade is a Goth-girl who is a total nonconformist and is a "freak" at her school. Mercedes is a "Barbie" -- blonde, super-popular, and a total conformist, who is also Jade's mortal enemy. Clarik is a new mysterious boy that has come to their high school, who Jade quickly realizes she has a crush on. The girls' principal is sick of these two girls causing problems so she decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. After getting the parents' consent, the girls are taken to an old rundown building, strapped down, and sedated. Mercedes and Jade have no idea what is going on, until they wake up at home. They go to school only to realize that everyone has turned Goth and the "Barbies" are the "freaks" now. The girls don't like their new environment at all and are determined to find out how to get back to reality. Clarik is in the game with them and he and Jade become very close. Can he help get them back? Will they ever get back to the reality they knew? When they get home, will things be the same way they were before, or will the girls have to change? This is a super-fun, fast-paced novel that even someone who would be called a "Barbie" can like! The characters are all lovable, and I really enjoyed this book!
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  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    If you couldn't tell that it was going to be bad by the title or the sh*tty tagline ("Kiss my hall pass"), don't worry. It's bad from the very first word written.Jade is a self-proclaimed "nonconformist" goth girl who is picked on by everyone else (except for the three only other goth kids in the school - yeah right) because she's different. Mercedes is the most popular girl at school who's main goal is to make every loser's life a living hell. One day, both girls are "taken to a remote location If you couldn't tell that it was going to be bad by the title or the sh*tty tagline ("Kiss my hall pass"), don't worry. It's bad from the very first word written.Jade is a self-proclaimed "nonconformist" goth girl who is picked on by everyone else (except for the three only other goth kids in the school - yeah right) because she's different. Mercedes is the most popular girl at school who's main goal is to make every loser's life a living hell. One day, both girls are "taken to a remote location where [they are] strapped down and sedated..." (I sh*t you not) and wake up in a world where Jade is the popular girl and goth is the trend and Mercedes is the loser along with the other preppies. The only person who does not seem to be effected is "the mysterious new boy in town," Clarik.Wow. Just reading the premise makes me gag.It's not a bad idea having two people switch places. Too bad it has been done to death with movies like Freaky Friday, Like Father Like Son, and The Change-Up. Of course, even old ideas can be ressurected with vibrant characters, quirky dialogue, and an interesting setting among other things. Does this book have any of that? Pffft. Of course not! That might make it - gag - interesting. And by god, we can't have that here!You must have gathered by now that I really hate this book.You might be wondering how the switch itself happens. A magic potion? A fortune cookie? Pissing in a fountain? Nope. The school principal takes Jade and Mercedes to an old dilapidated building where they are strapped down and drugged. 0.0 Uh, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's illegal. Before they are taken, we see their parents coming out of the principal's office. Did they know about this? I know that I would never sign my kid up for that, even if they were misbehaving.It's hard for me to take a story seriously when it's setting is a world filled with stereotypes. This high school is Goth vs Barbies (preppies). Well, not even that since the school consists of only four goth kids. You might be thinking, "Are there any other groups of outcasts in this school?" Nope. Well, if there are, they are clearly not as important or picked on as much as the goths. Everyone else at this school is a preppy. Where does such a high school exist? Please tell me. Not to mention the characterization of goths in this book is beyond retarded. They reject anything that is remotely mainstream, even the word "cool." You know what word they use instead? "Fright." I. Sh*t. You. Not. "That's SO fright!" They can't even say "cool" because it's what ALL the kids say! What bullsh*t!Next, the characters. First, there's our lead, Jade Leigh, a self-pitying, irritating, pretentious little bitch who thinks she is so deep. We're supposed to feel bad for her because she is "different." "WAAAAH!! Nobody understands me! Everyone is so mean!" Well, that's life, you stupid bitch. Oh, and her mother is dead and she even saw her die! Another reason we should feel bad! Listen, losing a parent can be difficult. I would be devistated if I lost my mom or dad, but that is not a good enough reasn for me to care about your character. Jade is still a selfish brat and that never really changes.The book is told from Jade's perspective (joy). To make it even better, each chapter begins with an excerpt from her diary. Some of them aren't half bad. Then there are incredibly stupid entries like, "When people look at me, they automatically assume i'm dark and weird. Why can't they see the truth? I'm just a girl, trying to find my place in the world." (Chapter 1)There is one entry that I like because it sums up Jade's character very nicely: "There are times I wish I were invisible. Which is silly, since I do everything I can to stand out." (Chapter 2) Yes, it IS silly, Jade. I hate it when you get characters that want nothing more than to stand out and then cry when they are not treated like a normal person. It's because you aren't normal. Granted, there is no excuse for someone trying to make you feel like crap, but it sometimes comes with being different.There's really nothing to Mercedes except that she's just a bitch. Oddly enough, I felt kind of bad for her. I hate it when authors try to force us to like certain characters and design others so that we have no choice but to hate them. In this case, we're supposed to hate Mercedes because she treats Jade like crap, but I thought that this book treats her so unfairly just because we have to sympathize with Jade because she's the outcast. Mercedes's only defining trait is that she's a bitch.Clarik serves as Jade's love interest. He's pretty bland. He's supposedly a tough guy but has a soft spot for Jade. Why? Beause she's special, of course! Not to mention he serves no purpose in this story. *spoiler* We find out that he is working for the principal but this story can still function without him if he just disappeared randomly. I wish I could say more but I can't. Clarik is boring and useless. Plain and simple.The side characters are bland. Jade's friends are just carbon copies of her. Same with those of Mercedes. The parents are not characterized. We don't know anything about Jade's deceased mother except that she died in a car accident and decided that while she was dying, it was important to spout out some stupid cliched speech about being yourself. How stupid? Read it for yourself:"'There are two kinds of people,' she said. 'Those who coast through life like ducks in a row, following one after the other, and those who ride the waves...Ride the waves, baby, and live. Live'" (p. 130)No snide comment necessary.Gena Showalter is known for writing romance novels. I have not read any of her other books - I've had too many bad experiences with romance novels - but she must not be very good at writing a decent romance because the love story between Jade and Clarik was not interesting, partly because I didn't care about either character.The story runs like clockwork. There are not big surprises or anything. It's just stupid. The plot, characters, setting, writing, romance, and just everything else is absof*ckinglutely stupid and a waste of my time.Do not read this. Not even for curiousity sake.1/5 stars[image error]
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  • Yuki Burton
    January 1, 1970
    Jade is so spoiled. If I had acted this way at her age, I'd have gotten my little ass kicked sky-high to Mars and back. Name choices are quirky at best. Clarick? Was that really necessary?Moral of story: all popular people are shallow and all nonconformists are deep thinkers - not.
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  • Yan
    January 1, 1970
    Oh My Goth was oh my god bad. I slammed the book—twice—on the countertop while reading. I ranted to my brother how much I disliked the book. I fumed for a good 10 minutes afterwards. My ‘dogma’ of how MTV books could never go wrong has proven to be blasphemous with this book.When reading the summary I thought ‘hey this sounds pretty good’. When I finished I nearly—gagged—myself.Jade needed a new sense of what it means to be an individual. She needs to understand that wearing clothes that a major Oh My Goth was oh my god bad. I slammed the book—twice—on the countertop while reading. I ranted to my brother how much I disliked the book. I fumed for a good 10 minutes afterwards. My ‘dogma’ of how MTV books could never go wrong has proven to be blasphemous with this book.When reading the summary I thought ‘hey this sounds pretty good’. When I finished I nearly—gagged—myself.Jade needed a new sense of what it means to be an individual. She needs to understand that wearing clothes that a majority of her peers do not wear and moaning and groaning about how they all suck does not mean to be an individual. She needs to know when to stick up for yourself instead of running over people like a fortified tank half of the time and being trampled like a calf the other half. She condemns people because they all dress alike yet she and friends seem to dress very similar. Jade needs to let go of her past and stop living her life by a code—a sentence—her mother had spoken before her death. A powerful message it was, but the way Jade acts because of it makes her a mindless zombie.This whole book could have acted as a strong message to teens but the delivery made it nothing short aside from being a kindle to a fire.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    When I first picked this book, I was so excited to read it because I thought it would be a cute story about a girl who's goth and probably judged for it, but in the end she has this deeper side and when people discover it, she ends up being liked, right? wrong.in the story we have Jade Leigh, who is about the most stereotypical goth kid, on the face of the earth. along with her (very defined goth friends whom the author described as "cyber-goth, cementry-goth, and other types as well). okay, rig When I first picked this book, I was so excited to read it because I thought it would be a cute story about a girl who's goth and probably judged for it, but in the end she has this deeper side and when people discover it, she ends up being liked, right? wrong.in the story we have Jade Leigh, who is about the most stereotypical goth kid, on the face of the earth. along with her (very defined goth friends whom the author described as "cyber-goth, cementry-goth, and other types as well). okay, right there, is a strike for me. I am a fan of the goth culture, however the fact that the author made it so sterotypic really angers me. They wear blacm, hate school, have dyed hair, peircings, and "dabble in the magic arts". Not all goths are like this! and while some of these things are trends, it doesn't mean that everyone is a part of them.secondly, the rudeness twords her classmates and teacher. As if the goth subculture didn't already have a bad rep, but then here's this mopey teen girl giving it a worse name by arguing instead of just letting it go. And on a sidenote, if you don't want people judging you, don't refer to them as "Barbie Clones". Its shallow-minded and doesn't make you any better than them.the third strick is the fact that there's only barbies, and goths at this school. the only nuetral person was Clarik and even then, he had his hidden ajenda.overall, this book was a disaster for me to read, it was predictable, had really no message, and all in all just wasn't a good book.
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  • Kristen McQuinn
    January 1, 1970
    Totally mindless teen fic. Loved it, but it could never be called "good." It was good reading for the plane, kept my mind off the fact that I was 40,000 feet off the ground. That alone earns it 2 stars rather than the 1 it probably rightly deserves. :)
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always known Showalter’s works are always from unique plots, those that are very unusual, but a book that features virtual game combined with Goths and Barbie clones? Way unusual, and very intriguing. It’s a story that presents the reader how some people would want to show heir individuality even to the extent that they would bend all rules to show that they are special and that they are not one of the crowds, they stand out. That was the case of Jade Leigh, and that’s why she hated Mercede I’ve always known Showalter’s works are always from unique plots, those that are very unusual, but a book that features virtual game combined with Goths and Barbie clones? Way unusual, and very intriguing. It’s a story that presents the reader how some people would want to show heir individuality even to the extent that they would bend all rules to show that they are special and that they are not one of the crowds, they stand out. That was the case of Jade Leigh, and that’s why she hated Mercedes Turner as long as she could remember, because Mercedes is the popular girl, the girl who every boy Jade’s like wants to be with, the girl who always stand out without others calling her freak and Jade was everything but the opposite; until the exchange in the virtual game they were forced to enter as their punishments for their misconduct. They were forced into a game were their roles were reversed from the reality. Jade become the crowd’s darling, the one everyone wants a piece of while Mercedes become the freak; she is the one everyone laughs at. Much worse, their own sets of friends become their enemies. Now, if they want to get back to the real world, they have to work together, but Jade begins to like being the one everyone gives attention at, especially when Clarik, the new guy who seems really interested with her begins to make his intention clear: he really likes Jade, the outcast in the real world, the girl no guy ask for a date, the girl who was pushed, tripped and was called a freak outside the game. Jade and Mercedes begin to see in their new roles how each of them had misjudged each other and that in their lives, they could have different personalities and still they would be special on their own unique ways and that those people who love them would support them no matter what. This story is a good eye opener when things get rough and you feel that you are becoming a judgmental person, someone who doesn’t bother to get to know a person to set her mind to classify others. This might be a simple story but I really liked it and I think that Showalter has proved one more time how good a writer she is.
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  • ✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
    January 1, 1970
    Eventhough this book was pure fluff I still really enjoyed it. A really light, easy read, with a simple plot and some likeable characters. This sends a good message to teens that it's what's on the inside that counts not the outside. My reason for removing a star was that I found in some places it contradicted itself and the whole popularity struggle got a bit annoying. Jade wants to be recognised as an individual whilst hating on the 'Barbies' but says she's just a normal person with feelings.. Eventhough this book was pure fluff I still really enjoyed it. A really light, easy read, with a simple plot and some likeable characters. This sends a good message to teens that it's what's on the inside that counts not the outside. My reason for removing a star was that I found in some places it contradicted itself and the whole popularity struggle got a bit annoying. Jade wants to be recognised as an individual whilst hating on the 'Barbies' but says she's just a normal person with feelings... then why hate? That goes for all of you...if you're all so good and want fair treatment...why hate? Apart from that...I liked it and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter were great.
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  • Sarah Perchikoff
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I’d like to say that Oh My Goth would have helped me when I was younger, when I was in my “goth” phase, I don’t know if I would have been ready to learn the lesson it’s trying to get across. Reading it now feels like a breath of fresh air and something that I can fully appreciate and understand. I can understand Jade before she goes into the “goth world” and after and what she learned. While this book came out when I was in a sort of similar place as Jade, I am so glad I read it now r As much as I’d like to say that Oh My Goth would have helped me when I was younger, when I was in my “goth” phase, I don’t know if I would have been ready to learn the lesson it’s trying to get across. Reading it now feels like a breath of fresh air and something that I can fully appreciate and understand. I can understand Jade before she goes into the “goth world” and after and what she learned. While this book came out when I was in a sort of similar place as Jade, I am so glad I read it now rather than then. I am in a much better place to accept the characters, the story, and the themes Oh My Goth presents. Let’s get to the review!Jade Leighton is having a hard time. She’s had a hard time since her mom died when she was little. She’s decided since then that she’s not going to feel anymore. She pushes down her feelings so she doesn’t have to care about anyone or anything. Because then when they leave, it won’t hurt so much.You can probably guess how that works out, huh?But Jade has to go through a journey before she can realize her coping strategies are not the way to live.When we first meet Jade, she’s dealing with her dad and stepmom not understanding her, her friends dealing with her aloofness, her nemesis/former best friend, Mercedes, being the cliche popular mean girl and reading a page from Jade’s private journal in front of everyone they know at a party. Yeah, she’s a bit of an asshole.But Jade also meets the new dude in school, Clarik. He’s built like a Greek god, has a deep raspy voice, and perfect dark hair. (Of course he does!). But he also has secrets too. Ones Jade can’t seem to get out of him.He also tells Jade that she’s a “bad bet,” meaning it’s more likely that she’ll leave or break his heart than be happy or stay. (While it may be true, it is possibly the meanest thing I’ve ever read). Jade accepts this, she even understands it. She knows who she is. But it doesn’t mean she still doesn’t have a massive crush on Clarik.Too bad all that needs to be put on hold when Jade and Mercedes get hit by a car and end up in some kind of alternate reality where “goth” is the norm, Jade is the most popular girl in school, and Mercedes is the outcast along with all of Jade’s old friends.Jade and Mercedes have to figure out how to get back to the real world and what lesson they’re supposed to learn that will help them get there. Should be easy, right? Especially when Jade doesn’t really like being the most popular girl in school, especially when none of her friends like her, and Mercedes certainly doesn’t like being the outcast.But things get more challenging when the Clarik in this world sees Jade beyond her “popular” persona and they begin to really care for each other, and Mercedes gets to see what it’s like to have friends/people who really care for herHow are they supposed to get back to the other world when this alternative one is turning out to be pretty nice?Well, the alternative reality has it’s bad points as well, but when the choice comes up, which life will Jade choose?I really loved this story. Jade and Mercedes’s character development from one reality to the other and then back again is truly inspiring. And I love how Showalter made it just slow enough that their changes are believable. As Jade makes her way through the “goth” alternative reality, we see her become more and more caring, in no small part due to Mercedes and Clarik.And Mercedes’s change…wow! She stays the same sassy girl but the way Jade and her bond, and she becomes closer to Jade’s friends is truly something special. We don’t get to see much of the actual process since the book is in Jade’s point of view, but it is clear by her actions and what happens at the end of the book that she learned a lot.And Clarik is just…lovely. Yes, he says that awful thing at the beginning of the story but due to the experiences that Jade and Mercedes go through in the alternate reality, Clarik changes as well (NO SPOILERS).The ending is kind of what I guessed was the reason Jade and Mercedes were in this other world, but that didn’t make it any less special or compelling. There were plenty of twists and turns (especially with what people were wearing lol) that I didn’t expect which made this book so damn good.Oh My Goth is a book that I think everyone should read but especially girls and women. The story shows the importance of female friendship, not taking people for granted, and looking at things from different perspectives to really understand what others are going through. It’s a truly beautiful story. I am giving Oh My Goth 5 out of 5 stars. Go put it on your TBR right now!Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter comes out September 8, 2018Thank you to Edelweiss and Harlequin Teen for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Amelia Volkova
    January 1, 1970
    16 year old me would have loved reading this book. Hell, I still enjoyed it immensely, but I would have really loved it while in high school. It was a sweet and sad story, cheesy at times, funny sometimes, and lots of lessons to be learned from it. When I saw the title, I knew it was exactly for me and I'm glad I got approved for the galley on Edelweiss. Main character, Jade, shuts out the whole world and tries not to care about anything, because she knows that's how you survive the pain of life 16 year old me would have loved reading this book. Hell, I still enjoyed it immensely, but I would have really loved it while in high school. It was a sweet and sad story, cheesy at times, funny sometimes, and lots of lessons to be learned from it. When I saw the title, I knew it was exactly for me and I'm glad I got approved for the galley on Edelweiss. Main character, Jade, shuts out the whole world and tries not to care about anything, because she knows that's how you survive the pain of life. I used to be same way, and I deeply related to her thoughts sometimes, and I was tearing up and happy in the end. I know I say I prefer non happy endings, but every once in a while we all need to be reminded that not everything ends badly, we always have the chance to improve lives. I didn't really want to give out too much of the plot, but I think I managed well. And I would have loved for the whole world to go goth, it would be awesome to have goth parents for once.
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  • CuriousCompass
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I recently unpublished one of my books, & I'm in the process of rewriting it. I just wasn't happy with it, and I felt like those specific characters deserved better than I gave them. Plus, readers didn't respond to it, and it just generally flopped. So this idea is intriguing to me; an author rewriting her first book due to the negative reviews it got, years out.Showalter is a particularly polarizing author who a lot of people seem to either adore or hate, with little in-between. Her bo Wow. I recently unpublished one of my books, & I'm in the process of rewriting it. I just wasn't happy with it, and I felt like those specific characters deserved better than I gave them. Plus, readers didn't respond to it, and it just generally flopped. So this idea is intriguing to me; an author rewriting her first book due to the negative reviews it got, years out.Showalter is a particularly polarizing author who a lot of people seem to either adore or hate, with little in-between. Her books have amazing covers, too. I'm eager to check this out as I've never read one of her titles before!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    DNF - Did not finish.I was really excited about this book, but it fell really flat for what I was hoping for. I might pick it up again and try to finish it, but for now it's a DNF with no rating. I will recommend it because I can think of a number of people who would be interested in it.
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  • Rommel
    January 1, 1970
    'The Thirteenth Floor' back in its girlish puberty.'So Friiiight'
  • Eli Carey
    January 1, 1970
    Oh My Goth is great in the sense of sharing a message of loving who you are. The main character Jade has always opposed social norms and, because of that has many struggles at school. She is often bullied but she refuses to change herself just because other people don't like it, which is wonderful to find in a book, because our society today focuses so much on human perfection. Where the book struggles though is that it follows a lot of high school stereotypes that contradicts the main message o Oh My Goth is great in the sense of sharing a message of loving who you are. The main character Jade has always opposed social norms and, because of that has many struggles at school. She is often bullied but she refuses to change herself just because other people don't like it, which is wonderful to find in a book, because our society today focuses so much on human perfection. Where the book struggles though is that it follows a lot of high school stereotypes that contradicts the main message of the book. Overall though, Oh My Goth is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book with a powerful message.
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  • Meleofa
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting read. Jade Leigh is a girl in high school who hates conformity. In one of her classes she gets kicked out and sent to the principles office. While waiting for the principle, there is a guy sitting outside the office, Clarik. She thinks he's hot. She is goth, though, so she expects him to dismiss her as insignificant. He doesn't. Then she's called into the office. She has been in trouble quite a bit, so the principle is at a bit of a loss as to what punishment should be meted. So s An interesting read. Jade Leigh is a girl in high school who hates conformity. In one of her classes she gets kicked out and sent to the principles office. While waiting for the principle, there is a guy sitting outside the office, Clarik. She thinks he's hot. She is goth, though, so she expects him to dismiss her as insignificant. He doesn't. Then she's called into the office. She has been in trouble quite a bit, so the principle is at a bit of a loss as to what punishment should be meted. So she tells Jade to meet her in her office the next morning. After she leaves the principle's office, she runs into her arch nemesis, Mercedes. Mercedes is the popular girl all the guys want, and she is the school's darling. She is also assigned to show Clarik around. Mercedes notices that Jade likes Clarik, so she flirts with him. Jade gets upset, and watches them leave. Mercedes ends up getting in a fight with one of her friends later in the day, and also gets in huge trouble. So Jade comes to school to meet with the principle. Turns out Jades Dad and Mercedes Mom are there meeting with the principle when Jade gets there. Mercedes and Jade have been given a punishment of going into an alternate reality game to help them realize how good they each have it. Like I said, interesting. In the alternate reality game Goth is the popular thing, and preppy is not. Jade's real friends hate her, and she is now Ms. Popularity. It's quite disconcerting for her, she gets a bit wrapped up in it all, and then realizes that things aren't how she wants them to be. So she (and Mercedes) realize how wrong and right they were about different things.
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  • Cendaquenta
    January 1, 1970
    Ye olde guilty pleasure for tiny teen Cenda, way back when. 😅 In hindsight rather cringey but I did love it...
  • Bianca
    January 1, 1970
    the kind of novel all teenagers should read. Why? Because being fashionable, being popular can change in a moment, being your self will not. You will be generous, funny, obnoxious, lovely, kind, hurtful all on your own, so why homologate yourself with a dress code that proclaims to the world nothing but "I'm trying to be perfect/strange/something, anything to distinguish myself from the mass". It's not what you wear that's important. This book is all about that. It's about how much high-schooler the kind of novel all teenagers should read. Why? Because being fashionable, being popular can change in a moment, being your self will not. You will be generous, funny, obnoxious, lovely, kind, hurtful all on your own, so why homologate yourself with a dress code that proclaims to the world nothing but "I'm trying to be perfect/strange/something, anything to distinguish myself from the mass". It's not what you wear that's important. This book is all about that. It's about how much high-schoolers will judge you based only on fashion, and how that doesn't really matter to anyone. There's an interesting story, below the whole teenage-drama, but for me, the most important thing is this. I gave this novel to my 15-year-old/trying-desperately-to-be-one-of-the-cool-kids cousin, and I hope she finds this, as I did at her age (grumpy gothic chick that I was), meaningful.It doesn't matter how you dress. What matters is your heart.
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  • Tizzy
    January 1, 1970
    thought it had a good plot and was great in making it relate to our world.I loved the poems the author put in on every chapter.like most of my books I'm left wanting more not becuase the book wasn't good but becuase I couldn't let go of the book.I read this book in a day.it's basicly about a girl that is always getting in problems and always stands out even when she tries her hardest not to.she sent to this world were things are so much different then she could ever think.but her friends wouldn' thought it had a good plot and was great in making it relate to our world.I loved the poems the author put in on every chapter.like most of my books I'm left wanting more not becuase the book wasn't good but becuase I couldn't let go of the book.I read this book in a day.it's basicly about a girl that is always getting in problems and always stands out even when she tries her hardest not to.she sent to this world were things are so much different then she could ever think.but her friends wouldn't talk to her becuase here in this world she's not an outcast and everybody wants to be like her.shes sent with the girl she hates in all the world.they have to learn how to get along to get out.but they find out soo much more about each other.secrets that haven't been told in the real world come to life.
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  • Michael (Mai)
    January 1, 1970
    Why I read it: I loved Intertwined series by Gena Showalter and I liked Alice in Zombieland. I wanted more YA Gena Showalter since I don’t care for her adult stuff. Honestly when I read Gena Showalter’s work I want more Intertwined over anything else. So I pick up her YA stuff.I think this book is good for younger teens and tweens. It doesn’t have any of the gritty stuff Showalter’s other YA books have. It’s a moral compass book. It’s supposed to show you that you should be an individual and you Why I read it: I loved Intertwined series by Gena Showalter and I liked Alice in Zombieland. I wanted more YA Gena Showalter since I don’t care for her adult stuff. Honestly when I read Gena Showalter’s work I want more Intertwined over anything else. So I pick up her YA stuff.I think this book is good for younger teens and tweens. It doesn’t have any of the gritty stuff Showalter’s other YA books have. It’s a moral compass book. It’s supposed to show you that you should be an individual and you also shouldn’t look down on others for being different.If I were much younger I would have liked it. As I’m not, I feel like it was just a tad cheesy. Good moral story but that’s about it for older people who read YA.
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  • Daniela
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap, this was bad! This was badfanfiction bad, bad. So bad I laughed out loud throughout the whole book. So horribly, insanely bad and wrong it was badong. Terrible. Amongst the top 5 worst books I've ever read. And I read it with a teenager's mindset, I tried my best, but this is terrible even for a toddler. I had a lot of fun, though...The stereotypes, the plotless plot, the plotless plot's gaping holes... so many things just didn't make sense, I stopped counting by page 50. But I had so Holy crap, this was bad! This was badfanfiction bad, bad. So bad I laughed out loud throughout the whole book. So horribly, insanely bad and wrong it was badong. Terrible. Amongst the top 5 worst books I've ever read. And I read it with a teenager's mindset, I tried my best, but this is terrible even for a toddler. I had a lot of fun, though...The stereotypes, the plotless plot, the plotless plot's gaping holes... so many things just didn't make sense, I stopped counting by page 50. But I had so much fun, I'm twisted like that... I was tempted to give it 2 stars for the "lulz" factor alone, but I couldn't bring myself to do that, so I objectively gave it the rating it deserved. Oh, and I almost forgot: the writing is hideous. So "unfright"...
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  • Nicole Loop
    January 1, 1970
    it's meh. harmless, turn you're brain off for a bit, book. there's weird made up goth subcultures or mislabeled, like grave goth, eh? do you mean uh maybe romantic goth??? diva goth? Asian goth? (visual kei??) What? I don't know.. what those are.. but it's harmless and I've read it a few times. but the goth in me tells me it's poop, and I tell it to relax a bit and enjoy it so I do. still it'll never be my first pick to tell a friend goth or not to read.
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  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    January 1, 1970
    I remember liking this book in the beginning (aside from the main character's hypocrisy) until the alternate reality thing came up, then it just felt weird and out of place. Of course, I was in high school when I read it, so that may have something to do with it. Anyway, not what I'd call a good book.
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  • Nicolas
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book-it was good all the way through...but the ending. I mean it was an OK ending but it left me wanting more. I feel that it was more like a rushed ending, maybe the author had a deadline or something with the editor and wanted it over quickly? However, this is still a good book. A fast and easy read, maybe if you want to kill some time?
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  • Lindsay King
    January 1, 1970
    I've had this book for years and never read it. I don't feel like I missed much. The story was okay, a little preachy. All the characters were one dimensional and not all that likable. It was merely ok.
  • PurpleObsessor_15
    January 1, 1970
    This is an awsome book!! If you like Sci-Fi, and goth, this is the book for you. It tells alot about judging people and about cliques. Which are SO stupid might I add. It's about a girl who can't fit in, but NOBODY is going to get her down.
  • amber
    January 1, 1970
    i should read this if i'm going to keep quoting the title like i do
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