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‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’
HIGHLANDS COLLEGE / FRIDAY 28th SEPT / 10.45 (KS5)

Sponsored by Santander International

Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by…

 Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off – but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It’s The Exact Opposite of Okay.

A hilarious, ground-breaking YA novel for anyone who’s ever called themselves a feminist … and anyone who hasn’t.

‘This book will make you laugh out loud, nod in agreement, cringe with recognition, and stand up and cheer. I adored it’. Katherine Webber

Wonderfully funny and with a truly warm heart, this book challenges sexism without ever being heavy-handed. For Year 12 and 13 students, it covers incredibly important topics such as sexting, sex scandals and social media.

Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. She has an MA in Creative Writing and works at a non-profit organisation supporting women in the creative arts. She has been shortlisted for Northern Writers’ Award, and the Sunderland Short Story Award (in association with Waterstones). Her TV pilot, Clickbait, was a finalist in British Comedy’s 2016 Sitcom Mission. The Exact Opposite of Okay is her first book for young adults.

 

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