Oh My Goth – Gena Showalter

Oh My Goth
by Gena Showalter
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Form: Paperback Book

Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school. But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble – again – her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternate universe where she rules the school. But her best friends won’t talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth. Only Clarik, the mysterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques. And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade’s stuck in a virtual reality game – because she’s stuck there, too, now living the life of a “freak.” Together, they realize they might never get back to reality…and that even if they do, things might never be the same.

Source: Back of Book

A fun, imaginative book! Gena Showalter is really good about taking you to worlds you’ve never been too, and this book is no exception. Of course, it really does have “teen movie” written all over it – in fact, it would make a really good one I think.

Oh My Goth
was an entertaining read, with a little lesson about how it’s okay to be different (or the same). People have different lives and are they way they are for a reason. And as Jade says, “the hate needs to end!” Jade is only Goth in appearance in my opinion, she definitely is a sweet girl who truly wants to be unique, but also a part of it all. Mercedes really did seem like a snob who only cared about her popularity – but at the end had seemed to realize that despite their “freak” labels, Jade and her friends were fun and caring and really a lot like her and her friends, and did not deserve to be treated like 2nd class citizens. Clarik is a sexy young man, I pictured sort of emo, was sweet, understanding, and fierce at the same time.

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