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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 e 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.


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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 e 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.

30 review for Oh My Goth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter First published 2006. Young adult twist on Its a Wonderful Life or Freaky Friday. The first half of the book sets up the lives of Jade, Mercedes and new school classmate Clarik. There is tragedy, friendships and deliberate cruelty. And then reality is twisted and they must learn and understand their new world to survive. As is typical with this type of renewal and awakening story, I cried through the last 50 pages. It wasn’t really a mystery what was going on, but the r Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter First published 2006. Young adult twist on Its a Wonderful Life or Freaky Friday. The first half of the book sets up the lives of Jade, Mercedes and new school classmate Clarik. There is tragedy, friendships and deliberate cruelty. And then reality is twisted and they must learn and understand their new world to survive. As is typical with this type of renewal and awakening story, I cried through the last 50 pages. It wasn’t really a mystery what was going on, but the results were sweet and satisfying. The message: live life and be kind. I received a copy of this updated book at ALA.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    “Fact is, everyone in the world is going to die at some point. No need to get attached.” Jade Leighton hasn’t had it easy, after the tragic loss of her mother. It’s haunted her, its left her feeling numb. She doesn’t want to feel, doesn’t want to attach herself to anyone. Which leaves everything in her personal life strained. She knows it but doesn’t feel she has to change. At first, when I started reading this story. I thought it would be a typical girl has no feelings and learns to open herself “Fact is, everyone in the world is going to die at some point. No need to get attached.” Jade Leighton hasn’t had it easy, after the tragic loss of her mother. It’s haunted her, its left her feeling numb. She doesn’t want to feel, doesn’t want to attach herself to anyone. Which leaves everything in her personal life strained. She knows it but doesn’t feel she has to change. At first, when I started reading this story. I thought it would be a typical girl has no feelings and learns to open herself up because she meets a boy. Nothing wrong with that, it’s in my zone of reading. But there was this huge twist I didn’t see coming. I was annoyed initially, but then I was like this is different. When I found this on the shelf at the Book Store. I loved the cover, that’s the first thing I saw. I read a couple pages and was into it. So I bought it. In my typical fashion, I never read the blurb. That would have told me of the twist. But always love to jump in blind. Jade learns some much about herself through this whole story. I loved watching her grow and realizing that there are people in her life that mean the world. That she shouldn’t hide behind the facade that she presents. Showalter is an excellent storyteller. The writing was fantastic. So fantastic I finished this book in a day. This book was originally published in 2006 and revised for 2018. So I don’t know what the original was like. But I do love this revised version. Overall, I give this Five Boundless Stars. It was a fresh Ya Novel, and it brought emotions out of me. You want to see the best for Jade. http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Perchikoff

    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 her How 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, 2018 Thank you to Edelweiss and Harlequin Teen for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Jade Leighton had a hard life, and the time after that wasn’t spectacular either. With the death of her mother when she was little, she decided that not going to feel for anyone or anything anymore is the way to live. Then, she won’t be so devastated when they go. Because in her experience, most everyone goes away – family, friends and even hopes for a boyfriend. It’s just easier to stay apart – let them talk, it doesn’t really affect you if you don’t care – right? Oh how wrong that is, but Jade Jade Leighton had a hard life, and the time after that wasn’t spectacular either. With the death of her mother when she was little, she decided that not going to feel for anyone or anything anymore is the way to live. Then, she won’t be so devastated when they go. Because in her experience, most everyone goes away – family, friends and even hopes for a boyfriend. It’s just easier to stay apart – let them talk, it doesn’t really affect you if you don’t care – right? Oh how wrong that is, but Jade’s got to learn the hard way, and the lessons are ones that don’t actually appear and come into your notice right when you need them! Proving that she doesn’t care for anyone isn’t easy – but dressing up with goth-heavy style and being the ‘weird kid’ helps to keep new people away, what she didn’t count on was that friends she’d had for years, and that easy relationship with her Dad, would also be challenged by her new look and standoffish attitude. With care and style, Gena Showalter uses the often-overplayed teen tropes of mean girl, emo boy, bullying, teasing, ostracism and gossip to turn the story, and Jade’s attitude on its ear. Discovering that along with her former BFF – now THE mean girl in school, Mercedes, Jade wakes to find herself in an alternate reality – where Goth is the THING, she is more popular than Mercedes was at the height of her ‘teen queen rule the school’ phase, and even Jade’s old friends who left her to follow Mercedes, are now on the outside looking in. Best of all, this world has the ‘new guy’ Clarik as well, and he’s just as gorgeous without that habit of pushing people away before they even come close. And this Clarik finds her to be interesting, intriguing and the real her, beneath the push-away don’t come close Goth makeup is the Jade that could have been: one that isn’t to be avoided or teased, but the empathetic, non-bullying person who can now look past the cliques and social-ladder of the school and judge people on who they are – not what they look like. Interestingly, for Mercedes, the wake-up call was just as dramatic, and potentially far more valuable to the community at large. For once the bullying bitch, prone to ‘sharing’ private diary entries at parties, serving direct cuts and subtle digs to those she deemed ‘unworthy’, she’s come to see that everyone has feelings that are easily hurt, and that being mean and bullying just because you can, or you want to hide just how insecure you are inside – isn’t right, and the friendships that girls make with girls that support and cheer on each other are what will help you when things get rough – and it was a solid lesson to everyone about becoming a real friend, and learning to support, question and cheer on – rather than judge, shame and denigrate. I don’t honestly know just how many YA-Aged readers will absorb the lessons here – but exposure and learning to see the similar desires, dreams and needs of your fellow human beings is never a bad thing. A lovely read from Showalter, clever, engaging and honest enough to feel plausible even with the fairly out-there alternate universe where the lessons are provided in actual time and space examples. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review .I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    As a child, Jade witnessed her mother's death in an horrific car accident. In an effort to protect herself, she decided to stay detached and numb herself from the world. A conversation with her dead mother and a bump on the head brings her into an alternate reality in order to help her see the dangers of living her life behind her emotional armor. The freaky things shunned by mainstream can be beautiful. • Pro: The whole Goth thing was secondary to many of the other wonderful messages and ideas in As a child, Jade witnessed her mother's death in an horrific car accident. In an effort to protect herself, she decided to stay detached and numb herself from the world. A conversation with her dead mother and a bump on the head brings her into an alternate reality in order to help her see the dangers of living her life behind her emotional armor. The freaky things shunned by mainstream can be beautiful. • Pro: The whole Goth thing was secondary to many of the other wonderful messages and ideas in this book. My biggest takeaways were to value who you have in your life, because you never know when you can lose them, and to be kind, because you don't know what other people are dealing with. Both of these were excellent pieces of advice, and I loved seeing Jade learn the value of them. • Pro: I enjoyed the Freaky-Friday-Scrooge-esque feel of this tale. Having Jade and Mercedes role swap was a great way for each character to learn more about the challenges of others and each other, and although it was a little over the top and maybe even cheesy, Jade's reaction to everything after she returned made me smile. • Pro: The romance between Jade and Clarik was so sweet. Watching him chip away at Jade's protective coating warmed my heart, and it was wonderful seeing their friendship evolve into something more. • Pro: I had to give dad a lot of credit. He had his own pain to manage, while still trying to help his child overcome a horrific and traumatic event. He definitely got an A+ for effort and for not giving up on Jade. • Pro: Although I didn't quite understand why they put up with her, I was happy Jade had such a solid group of friends. I guess there was a shared outcast bond they had, and the way Jade would step up to defend them whenever the need arose, but I thought her friends gave a lot more to Jade than she gave to them, and for that, she was lucky. • Pro: I was happily surprised by what a through ending Showalter gave me. I expected it to wrap up immediately, but she wasn't done, and I was grateful she gave us a little more closure. Overall: A fun and heartwarming story about living in the present, appreciating all the people in your life, looking beyond the surface for what's underneath, and taking advantage of second chances. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  7. 5 out of 5

    CuriousCompass

    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!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Well when I started this one I thought I was going to hit it right off and it was going to be the love of my life this year. But sadly here I am writing a DNF failed read review for it. I am very sad right now. Do I Recommend this book? Not really Notes and Opinions: When I picked this one up I was so excited man! I love Showalter and I really wanted to love this one. I mean look at that premise it looks SO GOOD!!! It's all about showing that every Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Well when I started this one I thought I was going to hit it right off and it was going to be the love of my life this year. But sadly here I am writing a DNF failed read review for it. I am very sad right now. Do I Recommend this book? Not really Notes and Opinions: When I picked this one up I was so excited man! I love Showalter and I really wanted to love this one. I mean look at that premise it looks SO GOOD!!! It's all about showing that everyone is human no matter what they are going through and that really just sounded perfect for me right now. But this one had some major issues. Right when this one started I knew I was going to have issues. The main character Jade starts contradicting herself right off the bat and that was pretty annoying. She gives us some snips from her journal at the start of each chapter and those were great but just didn't work out for the story at large. I really ended up not liking Jade for what I read. She compalins about everything and wasn't really doing anything to change that. It made her a very irritating character to read about. When I read about different people I want to care if they fall of a cliff or you know get murdered or blown up and this about half way through the book I just didn't care at all. In the end I wanted to fall for Jade and her situation etc but it just wasnt happening. Go Into This One Knowing: Failed Message, Ugh Main Character

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This book is extremely cliché. I feel like there was no actual meaning to this book, about 20 pages in, I was ready for it to be over. The story of this book is that Jade and her enemy Mercedes are hit by a car and go into this sort of freaky Friday reality. In this reality Jade, on day 1, seems to care about all sorts of things she had no care for at all in her actual reality. (view spoiler)[When Jade finally wakes up, she's completely changed and starts to call her stepmother Mom suddenly and c This book is extremely cliché. I feel like there was no actual meaning to this book, about 20 pages in, I was ready for it to be over. The story of this book is that Jade and her enemy Mercedes are hit by a car and go into this sort of freaky Friday reality. In this reality Jade, on day 1, seems to care about all sorts of things she had no care for at all in her actual reality. (view spoiler)[When Jade finally wakes up, she's completely changed and starts to call her stepmother Mom suddenly and cares about her unborn sister, whom she had no thought for previously. I understand that's the point of the freaky Friday concept, but while she was in the different reality, nothing changed to make her care. (hide spoiler)] I can tell that this author does not usually write YA fiction. I found the situations and actions of the characters did not feel like something teenagers would do. Insta-love played a huge role in this book, and the relationship didn't add anything to the book, it was just there because the author felt like the book had to have a couple. Clarik (why did he have to have some special spelling of his name?) told Jade he was in love with her even though HE HAD BARELY TALKED TO HER!!! A FAKE REALITY DOES NOT COUNT! The jerk in the story Bobby, ends up being homeschooled, which sounds like it's supposed to be a punishment for him being such a jerk. As someone who is homeschooled, and is very lucky to be homeschooled, I found this insulting to anyone who is homeschooled. I'm so glad to have finished this book, it was only 265 pages, it felt like it was an eternity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Nelson

    No... just no. This book is not a good portrayal of goth culture or nonconformity. It made outcasts out to be a bunch of snobby dicks and popular kids all airheaded bullies. Jade was so whiny and full of herself! She had no redeeming quality as a character whatsoever and neither did her gang of friends or the enigmatic new kid in school.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jade, Mercedes, and Clarik This story is about the main character Jade, an outcast at school and society for being different from most. Her nemesis is Mercedes who we later learn is her ex-stepsister (Jade's dad and Mercedes' mom get it on). The love interest is Clarik, a compassionate and caring guy who falls in love with Jade as soon as she lets him in her heart. We meet several other smaller characters who show up as the book progresses including parents, bullies, teachers, annoying-ass teache Jade, Mercedes, and Clarik This story is about the main character Jade, an outcast at school and society for being different from most. Her nemesis is Mercedes who we later learn is her ex-stepsister (Jade's dad and Mercedes' mom get it on). The love interest is Clarik, a compassionate and caring guy who falls in love with Jade as soon as she lets him in her heart. We meet several other smaller characters who show up as the book progresses including parents, bullies, teachers, annoying-ass teachers who just hate their life and takes it out on students, friends, and strangers. Jade is a girl, a fighter, a survivor, a goth, and because of past tragedy that she experienced, Jade has closened herself off from her feelings, thus from the world around her. The school introduction was your typical YA stuff, Clarik has just transferred to their school and immediately captures Jade eye and vice-versa. Moving forward, Jade and Mercedes are stuck in an alternative universe where goth is in and although every stereotype associated with goths, such as, satanism, witchcraft, bitch-rest face, quick mouth and plenty of attitude is included, Gena Showalter makes sure to state that all these are nothing more than a stereotype. The story is so different from what I was expecting, I'm definitely glad I read this book, it's become one of my favorites now. The thoughts and onslaught of thoughts that the author includes let's you travel into Jade's mind and understand why she is the way she is. She overthinks everything and thinks of the many outcomes that an instance can have. Jaybird has deliberately shut herself off, emotionally, after the horrific accident in which she and her mother were in. Both Jade and Mercedes must complete a task before they can return to their world, but they find it difficult to complete. The girls each learn a lesson about self-love, self-acceptance, and the importance of staying true to yourself by feeling your emotions, instead of running from the pain or hardship. Communication is key! I love the ending, some might call it cheesy or predictable, but it's beautiful and full of its own light. I love Clarik, like he is so beautiful and kind. I totally recommend you read this novel, it's a quick read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "People are the most difficult thing in the world to change." Twelve years ago this title was released and it was her first ever ya novel. I remember reading that back in the day and I enjoyed it but it was definitely time for an upgrade. Oh My Goth is an odd mix of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday with a twist of darkness. A journey through a life you never knew you needed or wanted. Something so out of the ordinary that it feels like a different world. Jade has always been into darker subjects, sho "People are the most difficult thing in the world to change." Twelve years ago this title was released and it was her first ever ya novel. I remember reading that back in the day and I enjoyed it but it was definitely time for an upgrade. Oh My Goth is an odd mix of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday with a twist of darkness. A journey through a life you never knew you needed or wanted. Something so out of the ordinary that it feels like a different world. Jade has always been into darker subjects, showing no affection for family or friends, and dressed in gothic attire. Her attitude and frame of mind matched her clothing. She stopped having feelings once her mom passed away. She came to the realization that people will come and go in life but it always leads to death in the end. Her friends and her get bullied relentlessly for being different by Mercedes and her little gang of followers. Jade always comes to the rescue of her friends but not with endearing comments. Her fists and negativity do the talking. One day it all changes. She wakes up and everything has suddenly changed. The world has turned goth and Mercedes stays the same making her the outcast. They must learn to be better people in order to learn the big lesson. Can two people who hate each other right the world? This book was such a good read. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did since it was a rewrite but it was a step in the right direction. Not everyone can tear there book apart and make it so much more meaningful. We should all learn something from this. We are all different and should be treated like humans. You don’t know what people are dealing with and we should treat each other how we want to be treated.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yu Hai

    Oh My Goth is a failed attempt to rewrite a book that was flawed to begin with. It was originally a novel released by MTV (yes, MTV prints books for young adults), and it garnered many low reviews from people who found that it was an overly generalized portrayal of goth culture which pandered to stereotypes. From my understanding this re-release was meant to counteract that and try to save the story. This is sort of successful with the author's choice to switch the original book's far-fetched "s Oh My Goth is a failed attempt to rewrite a book that was flawed to begin with. It was originally a novel released by MTV (yes, MTV prints books for young adults), and it garnered many low reviews from people who found that it was an overly generalized portrayal of goth culture which pandered to stereotypes. From my understanding this re-release was meant to counteract that and try to save the story. This is sort of successful with the author's choice to switch the original book's far-fetched "secret lab where kids are strapped down and sedated" to a car accident where the lives of a hardcore goth chick and a preppy cheerleader type are switched around. Yet I think the fundamental reasons for the hatred of the original book were ignored, including the nasty way popular kids are all portrayed as clones with shallow personalities, the whiny tumblr emo personality of main character Jade, the sheer pretentiousness of it all ("Clarik", why that name, just why?) and the unrealistic portrayal of modern teenagers. I don't think Showalter is a bad author, but I don't think her YA fiction is very good. This is one example. It seemed trapped in the late 1990's and there were no likable characters. The romance and friendship felt forced and almost silly. I just couldn't read it and keep a straight face at the same time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos

    I read this book when it was originally published back in 2006, in a different life where my dad and husband were still alive. I know I enjoyed it, but I don’t remember specifics. When I found out it had been updated and published again I had to get it! This book is utterly charming and surprisingly deep. It made me think a lot about my own life and how I’ve handled my life since losing my husband in a terrorist attack. Jade was in the car accident that killed her mother many years ago. Deciding I read this book when it was originally published back in 2006, in a different life where my dad and husband were still alive. I know I enjoyed it, but I don’t remember specifics. When I found out it had been updated and published again I had to get it! This book is utterly charming and surprisingly deep. It made me think a lot about my own life and how I’ve handled my life since losing my husband in a terrorist attack. Jade was in the car accident that killed her mother many years ago. Deciding never to feel that kind of pain again she pushes everyone away. She embraces her gothic lifestyle and shows no emotion. Despite her robot-like behavior, she has several friends who are also goths. Mercedes was almost her stepsister when they were in middle school. Now in high school Mercedes is the girl everyone aspires to be and Jade can’t stand her. When Mercedes is nearly ran over by a car and Jade takes the brunt of the “accident,” she wakes up in an alternate reality where goth is in and Mercedes is unpopular. What ensues is a journey of self-discovery as well as learning the truth about the car accident that killed her mom. This is an amazing book that I recommend to everyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This book was a good read, the story was really sweet. I was pretty skeptical of this book based on the description, but I really enjoyed the story line. I loved how this book explored the character's emotions thoroughly. The best part of this book is the way it inspires the reader to feel so much. The worst part about this book is the way the main character talks sometimes. It is not constant, but the main character speaks very melodramatically and at times really overly sentimentally. The thin This book was a good read, the story was really sweet. I was pretty skeptical of this book based on the description, but I really enjoyed the story line. I loved how this book explored the character's emotions thoroughly. The best part of this book is the way it inspires the reader to feel so much. The worst part about this book is the way the main character talks sometimes. It is not constant, but the main character speaks very melodramatically and at times really overly sentimentally. The things she says just sound so cheesy in my head sometimes that it is a little cringe-worthy. Despite this flaw, I really enjoyed this book and actually think it probably will be one that I like to revisit and re-read. Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an ARC to review! This book spoke to me in a way that I didn't expect.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Baynard

    Didn't start out really loving it, but when Jade went to the "other" world, things got a lot better! She really grew as a person and I loved seeing her journey to learn to appreciate what she had. The last 150 pages or so were really good for me and even made me a bit emotional! Heartfelt moments secretly really get to me! LOL. Shh, don't tell. The only one I wasn't really that hep on was Clarik. I feel like he was a bit much at times in his declarations. I mean, NO ONE talks that way, especially Didn't start out really loving it, but when Jade went to the "other" world, things got a lot better! She really grew as a person and I loved seeing her journey to learn to appreciate what she had. The last 150 pages or so were really good for me and even made me a bit emotional! Heartfelt moments secretly really get to me! LOL. Shh, don't tell. The only one I wasn't really that hep on was Clarik. I feel like he was a bit much at times in his declarations. I mean, NO ONE talks that way, especially not a high school kid. But I did like his dedication! Did NOT like his fighting, and while I can see and understand WHY he did it, I don't feel that it was an acceptable way to deal with things...even if the people really did deserve it! Overall, really happy to have read it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Metz

    This book had all kinds of hidden message the hope for unity, love, and peace between diffrent clicks in society. I'm hoping that middle school girls and high school girls will take the time to read this book. This is what girls need to hear at that age. I wish I had this book when I was at that age. This book is about two very diffrent girls coming to understand that everyone has differences and learning to overcome them in order to find peace and find themselves. This is a truly inspirational This book had all kinds of hidden message the hope for unity, love, and peace between diffrent clicks in society. I'm hoping that middle school girls and high school girls will take the time to read this book. This is what girls need to hear at that age. I wish I had this book when I was at that age. This book is about two very diffrent girls coming to understand that everyone has differences and learning to overcome them in order to find peace and find themselves. This is a truly inspirational book. I hope this book reaches out to younger girls in hopes to let them know their diffrences are okay and never judge someone because you never know their past. Amazing work Gena. Love it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Oh my Goth! I finally got to read Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter and I was not disappointed. This is actually a re-release with some updates to it and I never had the opportunity to read the original. So, this book may not be entirely new to some readers, however, knowing Gena, I'm positive she threw in some Easter eggs that weren't previously there and merely fine-tuned the story. Check out my full review on my blog here: https://rainydaysbooksandcoffee.wordp...!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    This revamped version of the story was so freaking amazing! There were a few things the same, like the characters, but we learned more about them, and that the world changes and everybody but the outsiders are Goth, but other than that, this book is totally different! Loved it, it was just so great to read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This book was great and had a great message. It touched on grief, depression and mental disorders. The main character, Jade, has to work through all of her issues of the loss of her mother and that all your reactions can have horrible outcomes. It really touches on bullying and how you too can be one without knowing it. Great read and great plot! I highly recommend this book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laïa's Cave

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. wellllllll it's more like a 2.5 or .75 the book started to be good ones she is in the Goth world and knowing she's about to come back, which means 100-120 pages before the end.... before this i was bored and not really drown into it

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashton

    This was a book I didn’t know I needed. It’s light, it’s fun, and it can really hit deep. I cried in a few places and I felt good while reading a lot of places. If you’re hesitant to read this because it’s YA or not something that’s often in your wheelhouse, don’t be.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Breane Ross

    I had read this book in the older version but picked this up anyway on my kindle. This book rocks! You learn along with Jade what has happened and how she and her "friend" need to change. Definitely recommend this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    April Adkins

    Love stories like this. Were characters go to alternate worlds or their worlds flip in a blink of an eye.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I really really enjoyed this book and liked how the character of Jade changed and realized that she took everything for grantedand it's definitely a quick read that can be finished the same day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Oh My What an uplifting story. This should be required reading for teens. Appreciate what you have, or lose it. A heartwarming, wonderful reminder for everyone.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Rando find at the library. was interesting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Richardson

    I really love this book. So good I love the romance in it so cute

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ariane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chenoa Smeds

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