Lissa's Review: Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter
REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen RELEASED: September 4, 2018 GENRE: YA, FANTASY, CONTEMPORARY LENGTH: 384 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIBLE
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. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
“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.