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Better title would be Oh My Words
posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2006Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2006
Better title would be Oh My Words
Jude Leigh and her friends are considered a freak by most of the kids at her school. Actually the correct term is Goth. They like wearing black clothing. One day after Mr. Parton, the boring, sadistic trig. teacher, pushes Jade to far, she is sent once again to the principals office. She doesn't find out until the next morning what her punishment is. She is told she is going on a field trip. Thinking this is one of those trips meant to scare her straight, like taking her to a prison or bad side of town, Jade doesn't worry to much. She is driven to an abandoned warehouse where she is strapped to a bed and sedated. She is told she is going to take part in a virtual reality game. When she wakes up the next morining she thinks at first its all a bad dream since she is back in her own room and everything looks normal. Okay so her dad is acting a little strange at breakfast but don't all dads act a little weird at times?! She heads on off to school and thats when things really start to get a really weird. Kids who would never talk to her or call her names are now waving to her and asking her if she needs a ride to school. When she gets to school she totally freaks! Everything is totally the opposite of what it should be. Her friends won't talk to her and they're dressing like 'norms'. Everyone else is dressing like her, Goth! She has suddenly become popular and the school *itch, Mercedes, has become what she used to be. It will take the help of the school 'hunk', Clarke, and Mercedes to get things back to the way they should be. Okay to be fair this book is written for young adult but I don't think anyone over the age of 12 will read it. Even for a young adult book the writing is really bad. Ms. Showalter should stick to writing adult fiction which she is very good at.
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Posted February 4, 2013
There's a reason why MTV should stick to music...or even reality
There's a reason why MTV should stick to music...or even reality shows about pregnant teenagers. Seriously. I'll admit, the plot of switching what's considered "normal" with what's not is a good idea, enough to intrigue me. But it was so poorly done in this book. I was so frustrated with the book, that I could not, would not finish it. And believe me I really tried to finish it. The story had potential, but it was bad, and it was EXTREMELY cliché, and not in a good way. The author painted a black and white world, either you’re “preppy” or you’re “Goth”. But aside from the fact that it’s absolutely childish and unrealistic to assume all the people in the town were either one or the other. The truth is, the world doesn’t work that way! There some grey areas to everything.
Plus there wasn't a scrap of accuracy to it. I could tell the author had no idea what she was writing about in her sad attempt to portray a high school Goth girl and “outcast”. Generally, if you’re not familiar with something that is a large part of your main character, I think it's a good idea to either do some credible research, or not attempt the subject at all. It’s as if the author set out to tell a story where the only way to be “happy” is to abandon your personality and follow the crowd. Not that she gave a good impression of Goths (or preps for that matter) in the first place. She confused Goth with depressed, deviant, and dominatrix so often it was humiliating. I think the only thing she got right was that people of alternative subcultures generally agree that they like black clothing. I would like to see more mention on things that are actually Goth, like some Bauhaus records or something.
Maybe if she had written from Mercedes’s perspective, the book might not have been such a flop.
I’m just glad I didn’t by this terrible book. If you liked Twilight, then this book is for you. If you like any book that wasn’t fabricated to please the “awkward teenage girl”, don’t waste your time with it.
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Posted July 6, 2006
I myself am a dark... gothic type of person so i know how it is for everone at school to missunderstand you. Most people think i a devil worshiper or something but on the inside i am a normal (depending on how you define normal) fun loving guy. Who like everthing that all the other kids like.
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Posted December 28, 2011
i can uberly relate. Yes i said uberly.
I dont say uberly unless im serious about something. This book is freaking awesome!!! Though ive only read the sample...whatever. i can so relate to Jade, the main character. The book is funny, realistic, relatable and i reccomend it. Dont hate on goth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2011
"It's Speak meets Evanesence"
Oh My Goth is a book for any teen who feels diffent in high school. Jade is that girl in the back of class who no one talks too or realizes shes there. Being that i was that kid in school i found this story to be quite social relatable. Oh My Goth isnt only for the kids like Jade, its also for the kids who are like Marcessdes. The Cheerleaders and Jocks its really a perfect discpiton of how everyone can walk a mile in the other's shoes. Loved it start to finish. Recommend it !!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2011
Posted March 14, 2011
Funny and exciting!
This book is an interesting twist from the normal mushy teen romance which is present in most YA books. Our protagonist, Jade Leigh is a nonconformist - she's a typical Goth girl with backbones and guts. When she is sent to the headmistress, Ms Hamilton's (dearly known as Hammy) office for talking back to a teacher, Hammy decides to punish her to a field trip along with Mercedes Turner, the leader of the Barbie clones who is caught kissing a guy in the library with their parents' consent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Turns out, it isn't a field trip at all. Hammy has collaborated with a scientist to transport the girls to an alternate world, a virtual reality game. In this new world, most of the student body are Goths and Barbies are considered as freaks. How will Jade and Mercedes survive and get out from there?
Oh My Goth is a very likable and funny book. There are moments when I laugh out loud while reading Jade's diary entries. A few notable quotes from this book are:
?"People are the most difficult thing in the world to change."
?"There's a really stupid saying: When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade. Well, I have a better saying: When life hands you a lemon, shove that lemon up its stupid butt."
?"What makes big boobs and perkiness so attractive to boys? I mean, really. Two round, mounds of fat and a fake smile. Yeah, winning attributes."
At first, Jade and Mercedes hates each other so much that they vow never to interact with each other. But after a series of events, the relationship between the two girls changes from nemesis to friends. It's really a good thing, considering the albatross between them only existed because of their parents. In the virtual world, Jade learns to see things as they really are, as well as acceptance and love, while Mercedes learns about the true nature of her boyfriend and to be humble and friendly to the Goths in the real world (now dressed as Barbies). So, in a way, Hammy did the right thing all along to send the girls there.
To sum things up, Oh My Goth is a highly enjoyable teen novel that will appeal to those who enjoy a little fun and excitement in life. Thumbs up for Gena Showalter!
Posted December 27, 2010
Posted May 15, 2010
I read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it so much, I bought an extra copy for my niece when Gena came to my local B&N to do a booksigning. This book was a great twist on the outsider story. The humor is quick and smart and the storyline imaginative and timeless. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2010
Oh My Goth, This book was actually GOOD!
I came up with the phrase two years before I ever laid eyes on this book's title, and I actually read it out of anger. I came up with oh my goth, so how great could this book be? It was really awesome, how everything was twisted and turned around, and Clarik IS a fright name.It is a bit unrealistic, but if you have an imagination you'll forget about it. There are some sad and touching parts, and there is some romance, which every book should have in my opinion. I recommend this book to anyone who is involved in cliques or has ever underestimated goths. I go to the library every week, and I couldn't put this book down, so that should say something.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2010
Humorous look at non-conformity
A great story about individuality and learning to accept yourself for who you are. Not only does it deal with issues of loss, self-image and friendship but it address the notion of preconceived concepts based on what a person looks like rather than their personality or actions. It reinforces the ideal that you should always get to know a person rather than judging them on appearance alone. My 9 year old put this very well she said 'if some people looked the same on the outside as they are on the inside then there would be some very ugly people' very profound for a 9 year old. Terrific first person narrative making it easy to relate to, with lovely quotes for the main characters diary at the start of each chapter, really reinforces the story. Some use of bad language but it did not seem out of context and was not excessive. In conclusion a humorous look at a relevant topic applicable to both teens and adults; a very enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2010
3.5/5 stars overall.
fun story for boredom but overall wouldn't recommend it for anyone aged 14+. the main character seems somewhat shallow and hypocritical, but the book indeed made me laugh at some times and it teaches a good lesson.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2009
Ah-mazing Read For Teens!!!
I read this book and it pulled my in from the first page! I almost put it down about half way through, but i couldn't find the will to and kept reading. I was happy i did, because this book just gets better and better. The emotional bond between Jade and Mercedes is amazing. This author should make this book the first of a series, because anyone who reads it will juts be asking for more. I definitely am! It puts you in a good mood. I loved it. It is about a girl who chooses to stand out. I feel the way she does. Jade just wants Goths and Barbies to be friends. People are People, Jeez! This book is a must read for everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2009
Oh My Goth
Oh my goth this book was awzum. iz fright. i really enjoyed this book 100% i couldnt put it down.i really liked the story line and thought it was very very VERY well written bravo Gena Showalter bravo!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2009
Oh My Goth
From her dying mother's last words seventeen year old Jade Leigh learned that being different sets you apart from the clones of this world. As a result she is friends with a small group of Goths who are considered freaks by the in-crowd, which includes Mercedes, the popular girl with the Barbie clones as friends. <BR/><BR/>When Jade gets into trouble for the third time in a week, her principal decides that it's time for an extreme intervention and convinces her father to sign a permission slip for what he thinks is a field trip but is actually a virtual reality program designed to teach Jade a lesson.<BR/><BR/>When Jade wakes up the next morning, things are decidedly different. The whole school has turned Goth and her friends have now become the Barbie clones. To make matters worse they hate her and Jade has become the popular girl. But not only is Jade in the program, Mercedes is too and she has taken Jade's place as the outcast.<BR/><BR/>With the help of Clarik, a strange new student, Jade and Mercedes struggle to find their way out of the program and back to real life but learn a valuable lesson on the way home.<BR/><BR/>I thought the book was a cute read with a good lesson for teens but I didn't love it as much as I was expecting to. The writing is good and the characters are typical teens but the virtual reality premise was just a little too weird for me. I wish the switch from Goth to popular girl was accomplished a different way. Maybe a bump on the head a la Wizard of Oz or some magical hocus pocus. I just couldn't get into it being a program when Mercedes and Clarik were also in there with her.<BR/><BR/>I do recommend the book for teens and young adults but I'd skip it if you're on the fence about picking this one up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.