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by Gena Showalter
Released: September 4, 2018
Published by Harlequin Teen
“…the issues Showalter presents here such as depression, bullying, and suicide is just as real now as it was back then for both teens and adults. Quite an eye-opener.” ~ Under the Covers
This is a story of two teens from opposite sides, a goth girl and the other a popular who struggles with family and high school issues. After a near miss accident, their world is turned upside down. The goths are the populars and the populars, well, are not. Both girls experience a whirlwind of struggles, but this time in another person’s shoes and this opens their eyes to a whole new world. It would take real understanding of things before they get back to the world they truly belong to.
I know there have been bad reviews on Goodreads about this book and I’ve read a few of them. Yes, at some point they make sense if they are looking for a more serious young adult book. I’m not sure what Showalter had in mind writing this book, but I assume she was targeting the younger teen readers. Readers that would enjoy movies like Freaky Friday with Lindsay Lohan or 17 Again with Zac Efron. It’s a teens POV of her life. It’s meant to be light and sweet yet make them think, “what if the roles were reversed” or to remind them that “there are three sides to the story; yours, theirs, and the truth.”
Oh My Goth was first published in 2006 and it is now fully revised and re-released September of this year. Despite the twelve year gap, the issues Showalter presents here such as depression, bullying, and suicide is just as real now as it was back then for both teens and adults. Quite an eye-opener.
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