Oh My Goth

Oh My Goth

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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.
Edition: PB
ISBN: 9781416524748


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FindingJane Jan 24, 2017

Adolescents typically struggle between two imperatives—fitting in or standing out. Some opt for the former because it’s better to be cool, accepted and adored than weird and hated. Others prefer the latter because they want to be individuals instead of witless, mindless sheep passively following the flock. But maybe there’s something positive to be gained from seeing the other side.

This concept is thoroughly explored in this YA novel. While it reads like an exciting experiment, the switch in roles comes with some terrifying moments for both Goth girl Jade Leigh and the Barbie clone Mercedes Turner, her arch-nemesis. Suddenly, being Goth is cool, hip and trendy (and apparently a world-wide phenomenon) and being preppy is outré and freaky.

The switch is both an illegal experiment and a pointed lesson to two girls who take their hostility just a little too far, once too often. Time and again, Jade and Mercedes come together (or rather collide) as they try to work on the problem while bickering, fighting and quarrelling. The author understands that being trapped in a mutual nightmare doesn’t automatically make enemies into friends. Both girls have some growing to do as well as understand what it means to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes. The novel credibly takes Jade and Mercedes through this Bizarro world and explores how it messes up their lives and yet binds them together.

I’m a Gena Showalter fan although I know her through her writings aimed at an older readership. “Oh My Goth” is a terrific bit of SF as well as a top-notch entry in the YA category.


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