Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay.
It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn.
Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?
I don’t know if it’s possible, but I think I loved A Girl Called Shameless more than The Exact Opposite Of Okay. Izzy the feminist who is trying to change the world for the better spoke directly to my tired heart.
I want the world to be a better place, for people to be held accountable. I want women to be able to go through life without being afraid or belittled or sidelined. I want men to be able to talk about their feelings or indulge in more “girly” pastimes. I want so much it hurts some days, and it’s all things that seem so small that need to change.
Feminist fangirling aside, this book continues to highlight the after effects of what Izzy goes through, and I love how human she is. She is fierce but also terrified. She still struggles. But she has amazing support in Ajita, Meg and Carson. All of whom I loved. And Betty. Oh Betty. You are so wonderful and badass and glorious. You are everything a parent or grandparent should be. 💙💙💙 (I may or may not have an old lady crush on Betty!)
I also loved the look at how the politics system can work for and against. And how fruitless it can feel to fight against it, but also it showed that it is possible to do so even if you are just three high school friends.
All flailing over, this book is still as funny as it’s predecessor and it still is meaningful in a very deep way. But I feel the punch this book packed was even more powerful. And it is inspiring me to look into what causes I can support, as there’s a lot about this country I would change if I could.
Buy A Girl Called Shameless from Amazon UK.