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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

    She's committing total social suicide. Much like Kanye West and Taylor Swift, or like Anthony Bourdain and Paula Deen, Jade (a Goth) and Mercedes (a "Barbie") are mortal enemies. Mercedes commands an army of Barbies, who delight in kicking Jade when she's down. I'm not a bad person. I haven't killed anyone...So why do people look at me as if the world would be a better place without me? It feels like no matter what she does, Jade always gets the short end of the stick. Even her teachers parti She's committing total social suicide. Much like Kanye West and Taylor Swift, or like Anthony Bourdain and Paula Deen, Jade (a Goth) and Mercedes (a "Barbie") are mortal enemies. Mercedes commands an army of Barbies, who delight in kicking Jade when she's down. I'm not a bad person. I haven't killed anyone...So why do people look at me as if the world would be a better place without me? It feels like no matter what she does, Jade always gets the short end of the stick. Even her teachers participate in the daily mocking and tormenting. "Are you paying attention, Miss Leigh [Jade], or are you praying you never come into contact with a wooden stake?" And when Jade fights back, her principal sentences Jade and Mercedes to an experimental virtual-reality drug-induced punishment - resulting in a "Freaky-Friday-esque" swap of social status. Goths are totally "in", anything remotely preppy is totally out and Jade is the new Queen of Cool. But even with that power, she soon realizes that not everything is perfect. He's not one of us, Jade, and you need to realize that. He belongs with the freaks. Look at him. He's not wearing any eyeliner... Despite becoming the new "it" girl, all Jade wants to do is go home - but as the stakes get higher, will she ever manage to claw her way back to reality? Overall, this one wasn't terrible (and I was expecting a real doozy). To put this into perspective, I've read Gena's other series (Firstlife) and wow. Those were bad - each book worse than the last. All three made the top 5 worst books I read this year. So, when I heard that Gena was re-writing her Oh My Goth standalone because the reviews were so bad, I just had to check out the original (and the "revamped" version). And the verdict? The original was alright. I honestly don't really see why she would redo it. This was easily 10x better than the Firstlife series (and Oh My Goth was published ~10 yrs before Firstlife) - which really makes me wonder - how does the writing quality go down? That far? Anyway, there were a few areas of the book that were a bit...too much. In particular, there's the virtual reality, Gena's signature cringe factor and the love interest. The Virtual Reality The principal makes Jade's and Mercedes's parents sign a permission slip to allow a weird doctor (operating out of the woods) to inject the girls with alternate reality drugs and computer simulations...all to bring a bit of peace to the school. Maybe it's just me...but it seems a little extreme. The sheer amount of man power and money spent on developing such a realistic virtual reality game...I just had to wonder why it was being used on two catfighting teens opposed to interrogating terrorists or toppling governments. I really think Gena should've gone with magic for the explanation - coming up with this pseudo-real situation just brings up so many plot holes. Gena's Signature Cringe Factor Now, I've only read the Firstlife series by Gena but wow. If you are looking for a CRINGY main character - that is a go-to book. And while Oh My Goth does serve up on the cringe, it is clear that Gena's signature cringe factor is still under development. For example, Jade interrogates and berates her teacher (who admittingly serves it right back to her) and then she gets all huffy when she's thrown out of class. "FYI," I added, "your comment doesn't make you fright, Mr. Parton." Oh, and did I mention she made up her own catchphrase? Cause that always works real well in high school...cringe. This wasn't all terrible - there were a few moments where Jade's snarky-ness was downright hilarious. Especially when she and Mercedes realized that they swapped social standings. "Have you noticed that nothing is right? Nothing is normal?" "No," I said dryly. "I haven't noticed. I didn't have my bowl of Smart Girl cereal this morning. But (unfortunately) there were just as many moments that did bring out the crinnnge in me. In particular, was the way the author informed audience about how different the world is now that the Goths are in charge. "What exactly is Coffin Club?" "Duh. Like you don't know. We get together one day a week and talk about death, that kind of thing. This week's meeting really sucked without you. We ended up leaving early without planning our funerals or anything." It just felt clunky and awkward every time Jade didn't know something she was supposed to know. Plus, Coffin Club? Really? Realistically, how many meetings could it possibly take to plan out one funeral? The Love Interest "Clarik! Stop, okay. You have to stop." He didn't even pause. "Clarik." This time, he faced me. There was blood on his hands and a stream of crimson from his cracked lip. Bobby lay on the ground, moaning...I grabbed Clarik's hand and took off in a dead run. Ohhhh wow. Would you look at that, another violent and unstable bad boy (TM) who's actually super kind and sensitive once the main character looks past his bloody past. The kiss, well, it somehow made up for every time I'd been called a freak, made up for every boy who'd ever picked Mercedes over me. Made up for the horror I'd endured... And he's a great kisser. Nothing like pinning all your self-esteem on a boy... Good thing she's Goth and she's beyond such teenage tropes...oh wait... Last Thoughts Honestly, this one wasn't that bad. I had to suspend my belief for a moment or two...but it was an entertaining and quick read. 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  2. 4 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steph (Reviewer X)

    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

  4. 4 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com Jade 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.com Jade 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yan

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    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]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yuki Burton

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    3.5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen McQuinn

    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. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This is a story of two teens from opposite sides, a goth girl and the other a popular who struggles with family and high school issues. After a near miss accident, their world is turned upside down. The goths are the populars and the populars, well, are not. Both girls experience a whirlwind of struggles, but this time in another person’s shoes a I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This is a story of two teens from opposite sides, a goth girl and the other a popular who struggles with family and high school issues. After a near miss accident, their world is turned upside down. The goths are the populars and the populars, well, are not. Both girls experience a whirlwind of struggles, but this time in another person’s shoes and this opens their eyes to a whole new world. It would take real understanding of things before they get back to the world they truly belong to. I know there have been bad reviews on Goodreads about this book and I’ve read a few of them. Yes, at some point they make sense if they are looking for a more serious young adult book. I’m not sure what Showalter had in mind writing this book, but I assume she was targeting the younger teen readers. Readers that would enjoy movies like Freaky Friday with Lindsay Lohan or 17 Again with Zac Efron.  It's a teens POV of her life.  It’s meant to be light and sweet yet make them think, “what if the roles were reversed” or to remind them that “there are three sides to the story; yours, theirs, and the truth.” Oh My Goth was first published in 2006 and it is now fully revised and re-released September of this year. Despite the twelve year gap, the issues Showalter presents here such as depression, bullying, and suicide is just as real now as it was back then for both teens and adults. Quite an eye-opener. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Angela❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    It was cute. For fans of Freaking Friday & A Christmas Carol!

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 5 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

  18. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Volkova

    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.

  21. 4 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!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rommel

    'The Thirteenth Floor' back in its girlish puberty. 'So Friiiight'

  24. 5 out of 5

    CR

    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

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eli Carey

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meleofa

    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.

  27. 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cendaquenta

    Ye olde guilty pleasure for tiny teen Cenda, way back when. 😅 In hindsight rather cringey but I did love it...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tizzy

    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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