Oh my Goth! I finally got to read Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter and I was not disappointed. This is actually a re-release with some updates to it and I never had the opportunity to read the original. So, this book may not be entirely new to some readers, however, knowing Gena, I’m positive she threw in some Easter eggs that weren’t previously there and merely fine-tuned the story.
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Blurb From Goodreads
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.
I found Oh My Goth to be a mix of Freaky Friday meets It’s A Wonderful Life. When Jade enters her alternate Goth world, her life is turned upside down, because in the words of her mother, she needs to learn to live and be happy in order to better her life. What better way to do this than to play topsy turvey with her daughter’s life?
Her mother did not send her into this world without allies. Mercedes, Jade’s nemesis, has also been sucked into the Goth alternate reality. Both girls are at their wit’s end with the situation and each other, but agree to cooperate when they realize that they both have to make life changes in order for things to go back to normal.
Both girls begin their life changing journeys that prove to improve not only their mindsets, but their own friendship with each other. Then we find out that the alternate reality is not all that it seems in the first place.
I love everything I have ever read by Gena Showalter, and Oh My Goth was no exception. I love when two female nemeses become friends, much like in Gena’s Everlife series, and I am always game for a hot guy with undying love and devotion to a girl, no matter her quirks and faults, and vice versa.
I also felt that the characters in this novel really connect with how high schools today are set up. There’s so much bullying happening to kids who are the tiniest bit different and I feel this story gives a good perception of this and what may be going on in each side’s life.
I give Oh My Goth 5 stars for sassiness, an excellent moral of the story, and for pure fabulousness.