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Friday, December 11, 2009

Oh My Goth

Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter (November 20th 2006—MTV)

Grade: 1 star out of 5

Summary: “A fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has gone Goth and she's actually—gag—popular.

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.”

Review: Oh My Goth was oh my god bad. I slammed the book—twice—on the countertop while reading. I ranted to my brother how much I disliked the book. I fumed for a good 10 minutes afterwards. My ‘dogma’ of how MTV books could never go wrong has proven to be blasphemous with this book.

When reading the summary I thought ‘hey this sounds pretty good’. When I finished I nearly—gagged—myself.

Jade needed a new sense of what it means to be an individual. She needs to understand that wearing clothes that a majority of her peers do not wear and moaning and groaning about how they all suck does not mean to be an individual. She needs to know when to stick up for yourself instead of running over people like a fortified tank half of the time and being trampled like a calf the other half. She condemns people because they all dress alike yet she and friends seem to dress very similar. Jade needs to let go of her past and stop living her life by a code—a sentence—her mother had spoken before her death. A powerful message it was, but the way Jade acts because of it makes her a mindless zombie.

This whole book could have acted as a strong message to teens but the delivery made it nothing short aside from being a kindle to a fire.

Overall: As uncouth as this may sound: Piss off.

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I refuse to even look at this book.

18 comments:

  1. I have heard so many bad things about this book, lol. I'll be sure to steer way clear of it!

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  2. EAK - not gonna be picking this one up any time soon - thanks for the HONEST review! :)

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  3. Ohmigosh this sounds terrible! Thank you so much for the review! I don't think its uncouth at all if its the raw and honest truth and after how bad this book sounds, good for you! x

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  4. this is so funny! i have heard so much bad stuff on this book and my friend ranted to me about how bad it really was...thanks for the honest review!

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  5. That's so sad because Gena is one of my favorite authors!

    I haven't read her YA books, except Intertwined, which I loved.

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  6. That stinks. I've heard a few bad reviews about this one. Great review.

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  7. I saw the name Oh My Goth and thought - Oh my god I have to read that!
    And then I read your review. . .
    And yet, I am curious. It seemed to really get a reaction out of you, which makes me still want to read it despite how horrible you said it was. Is that weird?

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  8. It wasn't weird per se, just the writing was horrendous.

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  9. I have never seen any reviews for this one but gosh how I love your rants when it comes to the novels you hate. xD

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  10. Love your honesty! :) Thanks for the review.

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  11. I'll be sure to avoid this book by all means *sighs*

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  13. It's the first time I've heard of this book. The description sounds good, but well, sometimes descriptions can be deceiving. Haha.

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  14. Wow, how lame!

    Unfortunately, the premise sounds like some people I've met, who actually believe OMG I dress different, therefore I am a non-conformist, to which I say LAME LAME LAMER!

    Thanks for keeping it honest, Yan :-D

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  15. LOL. Well, that's a disappointment. I actually thought about reading that book. Thanks for the review! :D

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  16. I've always thought this book looked terrible. Thank you for the confirmation.

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  17. not gonna be picking this one up any time soon - thanks for the HONEST review! :)

    Work from home India

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  18. I thought the book was great. you have no sense i what ppl go through unless u experience it ur self. I think you shouldn't let someones thought or reviews stop u from reading something u may like.

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