A Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O'Neill, #2)
Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay. It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn. Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?

A Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O'Neill, #2) Details

TitleA Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O'Neill, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2019
PublisherElectric Monkey
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Feminism, Young Adult Contemporary, Fiction

A Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O'Neill, #2) Review

  • Laura Steven
    January 1, 1970
    This book almost murdered me.
  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    I AM READY, COME AT ME IZZY. I can't wait for this!Izzy O'Neill's iPodBook Review: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
  • Shealea
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER. I COULD JUST DIE.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    In need of this A.S.A.P!
  • Annabel
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book, meeting Izzy and her friend again was really nice. It also angered new, why do we still condemn women for owning their sexuality? A really good follow up to The exact opposite of okay!
  • Do
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! Izzy is such an amazing character. The book is funny, important and real! (I loved that ending 😍😭)
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know if it’s possible, but I think I loved A Girl Called Shameless more than The Exact Opposite Of Okay. Izzy the feminist who is trying to change the world for the better spoke directly to my tired heart. I want the world to be a better place, for people to be held accountable. I want women to be able to go through life without being afraid or belittled or sidelined. I want men to be able to talk about their feelings or indulge in more “girly” pastimes. I want so much it hurts some days I don’t know if it’s possible, but I think I loved A Girl Called Shameless more than The Exact Opposite Of Okay. Izzy the feminist who is trying to change the world for the better spoke directly to my tired heart. I want the world to be a better place, for people to be held accountable. I want women to be able to go through life without being afraid or belittled or sidelined. I want men to be able to talk about their feelings or indulge in more “girly” pastimes. I want so much it hurts some days, and it’s all things that seem so small that need to change. Feminist fangirling aside, this book continues to highlight the after effects of what Izzy goes through, and I love how human she is. She is fierce but also terrified. She still struggles. But she has amazing support in Ajita, Meg and Carson. All of whom I loved. And Betty. Oh Betty. You are so wonderful and badass and glorious. You are everything a parent or grandparent should be. 💙💙💙 (I may or may not have an old lady crush on Betty!)I also loved the look at how the politics system can work for and against. And how fruitless it can feel to fight against it, but also it showed that it is possible to do so even if you are just three high school friends. All flailing over, this book is still as funny as it’s predecessor and it still is meaningful in a very deep way. But I feel the punch this book packed was even more powerful. And it is inspiring me to look into what causes I can support, as there’s a lot about this country I would change if I could.
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  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely perfect. I loved the character development Izzy went through and that made this book even more powerful.There will probably not be more books in this series but if there were I'd most definitely read them.
  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    Where The Exact Opposite of Okay was really refreshing and poignant, I thought this sequel lacked a lot of urgency. I just felt like the author was kind of rehashing what happened in the previous book and there wasn't a real plot.Overall, it was still funny, and I still really liked the characters, but it was just kind of boring as well and it felt a little unnecessary at times.CWs: revenge porn, slutshaming, victim blaming.
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  • Ellesha
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to this book and it definitely did not disappoint. First off, the title of this book is just. Plain. Perfect. Ironic, but it is just totally shameless. I love it. In terms of the story, I thought it was a great follow up to the first one and is just the perfect example of what feminism truly is and stands for. Revenge porn is real and needs to be addressed and the girls fight throughout this book is both frustrating and empowering with a really rewarding and kick-ass I was really looking forward to this book and it definitely did not disappoint. First off, the title of this book is just. Plain. Perfect. Ironic, but it is just totally shameless. I love it. In terms of the story, I thought it was a great follow up to the first one and is just the perfect example of what feminism truly is and stands for. Revenge porn is real and needs to be addressed and the girls fight throughout this book is both frustrating and empowering with a really rewarding and kick-ass end. All the characters stayed true to who they are and still remain just as awesome as they are in the first book. This duology really stands out to me because each and every character has their own quirks and are just so unique. It’s a really refreshing read. The only criticism I have about this book is that it wasn’t anywhere near as funny as the first one. When reading The Exact Opposite of Okay, I literally laughed out loud at Izzy, however when reading A Girl Called Shameless, I not found myself laughing in my head or just slightly giggling. So this did let it down a little bit for me. Although you could argue that this was done deliberately as character development. Overall, this is a book that girls, women and just society in general really fucking needed. It’s awesome, ruthless, brutally honest and just plain shameless.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 /4🌟 thank you so much to the publishers for sending me an early review copy. I'm finding myself becoming really tough with my 5 star book ratings ATM and I've been in a slight slump lately but this book made me laugh, cry and experience so many emotions. I highly reccomend especially if you loved TEOOO!
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  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars!! I really enjoyed it! Hilarious, but very powerful! I definitely recommend it :)
  • Camilla (thecrazyreader)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stelle!
  • Salieri
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 actually but who's counting? Izzy is still her hilarious self, except this time, her "cracking jokes to hide my insecurities" attitude is toned down a bit and it's great. We get to read about how she feels, really feels, about what happened in TEOOO, how Hazel's story brings it all back and how scared and hopeless she feels, not only about revenge porn, but also about her own future. I love the fact that she's clearly poor (I'm so tired of reading about teens who sound richer than me and s 4.5/5 actually but who's counting? Izzy is still her hilarious self, except this time, her "cracking jokes to hide my insecurities" attitude is toned down a bit and it's great. We get to read about how she feels, really feels, about what happened in TEOOO, how Hazel's story brings it all back and how scared and hopeless she feels, not only about revenge porn, but also about her own future. I love the fact that she's clearly poor (I'm so tired of reading about teens who sound richer than me and seem to not realize the value of money) and that we get to see her struggling with things most people take for granted. My mother lost her job right when I started college and a lot of things all the other students could do were just not in the cards for me, so it's really refreshing to feel seen and to be able to connect to a character going through a similar situation. The side characters are all awesome and they all get their own story. I love Ajita, I love Meg, I love Carson, I love Betty... I love that Vaughan gets to make a come back because he's not a bad person and I love that the person responsible for the horrible website in TEOOO gets to deal with their actions. That no, "sorry" just doesn't cut it when you ruined someone's life, when you made them feel like Izzy feels. And mostly that asking for forgiveness is not all it takes to get it. You can ask, you can beg, you can try to earn it but just like someone's love, in the end, whether you get it or not is a choice that's not in your hands and there's nothing you can do about it.I can't say the plot is very surprising but it holds. I want my #EndRevengePorn sticket, please thank you. And my hoodie :P Oddly enough, TEOOO and AGCS kinda remind me of the Legally Blonde films. Which is a pretty great compliment considering I love these films and they are my go-to when I need a little pick me up (with Love Actually and the Rocky Horror). Basically, if you need something funny, feminist and political, you'll probably love this duology.
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  • Beth Knight
    January 1, 1970
    Unflinchingly upfront, savage in all the right ways and furiously feminist this is the follow up to The Exact Opposite of Okay that the world needed to The Exact Opposite of Okay. I'd hate this to be the last we see if Izzy O'Neill but I'd hate it even more if this was the last we saw of Laura Steven's stunning talent.
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  • msBookLand
    January 1, 1970
    Izzy ONeil is Fan-FRIKIN-tastic!! This book is AWESOME and I love it. Completely hilarious, utterly captivating and really damn important. Laura Steven’s writing is perfect and her book the right balance of meaningful and ridiculous. I love this book, I love these characters and I love her!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Izzy ONeil is Fan-FRIKIN-tastic!! This book is AWESOME and I love it. Completely hilarious, utterly captivating and really damn important. Laura Steven’s writing is perfect and her book the right balance of meaningful and ridiculous. I love this book, I love these characters and I love her!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Jenna Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    Izzy O’Neill is back and she’s as brilliantly bonkers as ever!
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved it! The way Izzy grows as a character is fantastic! ❤❤
  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    love love love - empowering and funny, i love these books and characters a whole lot
  • Judith Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at Chain InteractionArgh, I loved this. Five stars easy. And for me to give five stars to anything contemporary is a big deal – this isn’t my genre. But I love the narration in this book so so so very much. It’s rare to find a protagonist who’s voice feels so similar to my own internal monologue and who shares so many of my passions and interests. The fact that there is an adorable dog called Dumbledore – just a bonus.Loved this. Would recommend to pretty much anyone – even fan Originally posted at Chain InteractionArgh, I loved this. Five stars easy. And for me to give five stars to anything contemporary is a big deal – this isn’t my genre. But I love the narration in this book so so so very much. It’s rare to find a protagonist who’s voice feels so similar to my own internal monologue and who shares so many of my passions and interests. The fact that there is an adorable dog called Dumbledore – just a bonus.Loved this. Would recommend to pretty much anyone – even fantasy heads like myself.My rating: 5/5 stars.
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  • Emma L.
    January 1, 1970
    Rtc Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars).
  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing read. I didn't think Laura could top The Exact Opposite of Okay but this is fantastic. It touches on a lot of very deep issues and does them all lightly and without preaching. Izzy's friends are a mixture of genders, ethnicities and sexualities, and none of it ever feels like box ticking. Just brilliant. I would read twenty more novels set in this universe.(Parents be aware, Izzy swears a lot. It all fits beautifully into her speech patterns and this book wouldn't be half as good What an amazing read. I didn't think Laura could top The Exact Opposite of Okay but this is fantastic. It touches on a lot of very deep issues and does them all lightly and without preaching. Izzy's friends are a mixture of genders, ethnicities and sexualities, and none of it ever feels like box ticking. Just brilliant. I would read twenty more novels set in this universe.(Parents be aware, Izzy swears a lot. It all fits beautifully into her speech patterns and this book wouldn't be half as good as it is without it, but it is there. Also, given the subject matter, there is a lot of discussion of sex and bodies.)I received a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.My friends are awesome. They knew what I needed before I did.When I finally emerge, like a butterfly from a cocoon [or something that makes me sound like less of a d***head], Ajita and Meg are working on a giant protest sign shaped like a pair of boobs. As I walk down the stairs the squeal girlishly and clap their hands together like performing monkeys. And I'll give it to them...I feel awesome.What's more, I feel normal. Like a normal teenage girl, having a normal night in with her pals. Coloring our hair, gossiping about boys, watching TV. As great as all the Bitches Bite Back stuff is, and as passionately as I feel about it, just being a regular eighteen year old instead of an inadvertent political figure is super refreshing.And it's selfish, so selfish, but part of me prays neither of them go away to college. Because if they do? I'll be left in this town alone, knowing the world is moving on without me.
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  • Imi (Imi Reviews Books)
    January 1, 1970
    SO FCKING EXCITED MATE 💕💕
  • Victoria Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    When I picked up a copy of “The Exact Opposite of Okay” last year I had no idea it would soon become one of my favourite books, but it did, and by the end of the novel I just wanted to keep reading as I have become so attached to these characters, so when a sequel was announced I knew I had to get it as soon as it came out.“A Girl Called Shameless” takes place 2 months on from the events in “The Exact Opposite of Okay” Izzy is still trying to move on after her nude picture leaked and she found h When I picked up a copy of “The Exact Opposite of Okay” last year I had no idea it would soon become one of my favourite books, but it did, and by the end of the novel I just wanted to keep reading as I have become so attached to these characters, so when a sequel was announced I knew I had to get it as soon as it came out.“A Girl Called Shameless” takes place 2 months on from the events in “The Exact Opposite of Okay” Izzy is still trying to move on after her nude picture leaked and she found herself in the middle of a political sex scandal.Luckily for us readers, Izzy gives us a recap of what went down just in case we had forgotten a few details (which I am incredibly thankful for, can more novels have a “Previously on…” section at the beginning?)Izzy’s Bitches Bite Back campaign is growing and gathering momentum each day, so when another girl at her school has nude images leaked Izzy is there to support her and make sure she doesn’t have to go through everything she did, alone.I honestly adore the voice that Laura gave Izzy, she is loud, brash, sarcastic, but she is also insecure, she wants the world to change but worries that all their efforts aren’t going to work. She is scared to tell her story and let people see just how damaging the slut shaming was, but she also knows that she has to, because how else will people understand?There were a few times where you could sense that Izzy felt like giving up and just try to move on as best as she could, but I am so glad that she had people like Betty, Carson, Ajita, Meg and some new amazing characters there to support her and keep the movement going and eventually change the law in regards to revenge porn.We also see a former friend try to worm his way back in and Izzy does struggle internally with what she should do- It’s hard when someone who was an integral part of your life royally fucks you over, as you still have all those good memories of the past.“He wants me to abandon my pain just to alleviate his own. He wants me to do what women have been forced to do for millennia: bury their own hopes and ambitions so the men can chase theirs. And I won’t do it. I won’t.”I genuinely felt like Izzy had become a friend after reading both The Exact Opposite and Shameless, and I wanted to support her all the way through her ordeal.While the main plot of this novel is about slut shaming and revenge porn Laura also brings in the issues of living below the line, and how poverty is a never ending cycle, you either have enough money for one thing but have to do without something else.When she’s not working on Bitches Bite Back, Izzy is trying to write a screenplay, going to high school, figuring out what her future holds for her… does she go to college or stay home, CAN she even got to college? and on top of that our girl gets herself a job.Sprinkled with a lot of pop culture references (I love how often Laura likes to bring Harry Potter into this), a fair amount of swearing and openly discussing sex and Izzy’s lack there of occasionally, this novel is definitely one that this generation should be able to relate to, and hopefully it will open their eyes to more serious matters in the world.I feel like I could ramble about this book for an age because I loved it so much, Izzy is quite the role model if I do say so myself- she owns her sexuality, she has her own issues and she overcomes so much, she’s not perfect and she never tries to be.Laura yet again created a novel that made me laugh- snort laugh actually, do that crinkly eyed and scrunchy nosed smile, want to cry, feel angry, overwhelmed. This novel had it all, it was an emotional roller-coaster. And personally I’m not sure I am ready to say goodbye to Izzy and the gang just yet.“My body is mine again. My anger is mine. My life is mine.And nobody but nobody can ever take that away”
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  • Amy (Golden Books Girl)
    January 1, 1970
    Since I was lucky enough to win a very early copy of Laura Steven`s debut, it feels like I`ve been waiting on her second forever. My expectations were very high, and I`m so thrilled that this somehow managed to exceed them. This picks up a few months after Izzy`s slut shaming scandal, and it sees her attempt to get state laws on revenge porn changed after a similar incident to her own happens to a girl in her school. Izzy is still one of my favourite narrators ever, and I love her an infinite am Since I was lucky enough to win a very early copy of Laura Steven`s debut, it feels like I`ve been waiting on her second forever. My expectations were very high, and I`m so thrilled that this somehow managed to exceed them. This picks up a few months after Izzy`s slut shaming scandal, and it sees her attempt to get state laws on revenge porn changed after a similar incident to her own happens to a girl in her school. Izzy is still one of my favourite narrators ever, and I love her an infinite amount. I also love the very lovely Carson (seriously, I was updating a friend on my thoughts as I read this and most of them are just to the effect of I WOULD DIE FOR CARSON), her awesome besties Ajita and Meg and her gran Betty, because they are all epic and I love what they all bring to her life. Laura also did an excellent job of making me genuinely despise certain other characters, so I think it`s safe to say she`s just brilliant at writing characters in general. I`m also a big fan of the humour of these books. Izzy`s narration is full of wit and snark and pop culture references, which obviously had me laughing loads, and the dialogue is just fantastic too. That said, there are also some really important and impactful messages in here, and I love that the book manages to be both incredibly entertaining and utterly powerful at the same time. If you like your YA funny and feminist, definitely get onto reading Laura Steven sharpish. 5/5
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  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    Another stunning entry to the YA canon by Steven - just as perky, engaging, witty and enjoyable as her first offering, this narrative follows the continued plight of Izzy O'Neill and her Bitches Bite Back movement. With a voice that speaks to the YA readership in a way I can only compare to the way Bridget Jones spoke to the thirty-something readership over a decade ago; this was fun to read, but also thought provoking and important. Never did the want to read on dip or wither as I raced through Another stunning entry to the YA canon by Steven - just as perky, engaging, witty and enjoyable as her first offering, this narrative follows the continued plight of Izzy O'Neill and her Bitches Bite Back movement. With a voice that speaks to the YA readership in a way I can only compare to the way Bridget Jones spoke to the thirty-something readership over a decade ago; this was fun to read, but also thought provoking and important. Never did the want to read on dip or wither as I raced through A Girl Called Shameless - witty, poignant and with an edge to it which elevates Steven's novel way above other's in the YA contemporary canon this was a fantastic and successful sequel, completely up to par with 'The Exact Opposite of OK'; and a read I cannot recommend highly enough for anyone of any age!
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  • Kat Chilvers
    January 1, 1970
    Izzy's biting back! After the events of book one, Izzy is still recovering and trying to change not just her life but everyone's by trying to get the local government invested in revenge porn laws. If you like your social commentary and fictional activism with a helping of pop culture references, jokes about anything/ everything and enough nacho comments to make you hungry then add this to your reading list.Steven once again refuses to shy away from important issues but always tries to counterac Izzy's biting back! After the events of book one, Izzy is still recovering and trying to change not just her life but everyone's by trying to get the local government invested in revenge porn laws. If you like your social commentary and fictional activism with a helping of pop culture references, jokes about anything/ everything and enough nacho comments to make you hungry then add this to your reading list.Steven once again refuses to shy away from important issues but always tries to counteract the bottomless despair with well-balanced comedy and compassion. A funny, yet inspirational read for when political change doesn't have enough boob balloons for your liking.
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  • Svenja
    January 1, 1970
    Very sweet cover and cool title. I really liked how the characters actually felt like teenagers, and how different and diverse they all were. It is also good that the main character is not from the middle-class with her own car and macbook like most others in YA. However, it felt like not much was actually happening and I stand with my opinion that the sequel could have maybe fitted in book one. Izzies narration style made up for it though. Always entertaining.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    A great follow up back into the world of Izzy O’Neil. Funny, poignant and very important in terms of society, what is very much reality and how we all perceive and react to one another. Definitely a duology that deserves a reread at least once a year I think. It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s not afraid to shy away from anything.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Man. What a book. What a story. What a young lady Izzy O’Neill is. I just adore her. This book makes me want to make a stand about everything I see wrong with the world. I love the characters, the messages, the flaws, the worry, the relationships. I CACKLED SO SO MUCH. Just incredible.
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