Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has...
I picked up this book because its cover.And boy it did not disappoint. Where to even begin with ?! This is one of those where I would honestly want anyone and everyone to read it. It has so many topics that can start a conversation, all of the topics are problems that people may face in day to day life, and they are handled amazingly. We have: Slut Shaming, White Privilege, Feminism, Coming to terms with sexuality that a religion doesn’t agree with, the apparent “friend zone”, Revenge Porn and so much more.
One thing that really bothers me always
that if a male does something sexual they don’t receive any form of backlash and are often praised for it, whereas if a girl was to do something she would be slut shamed and everyone would turn against her.
It’s not fair that things can be so biased towards someone, it is their body and then can do what they choose to do and should not be judged because of how many sexual partners they’ve had. The idea of revenge porn is such a sad thing to hear, because at the end of the day that is someones life you’re ruining… not your own.And sadly a lot of suicide happens because of it. In regards to this, we also see a sense of victim blaming and that is completely unacceptable. We see one person have her life go to shit, while another person involved gets accepted and as though nothing ever happened.
Izzy is the main character, I loved her sarcasm, sass and how she handled everything. She is un-ashamed of who she is. She’s so quick witted and her love for her grandma is so beautiful. The closeness between the two was so well-done.
We see Izzy at her highs and her lows, and I loved how strong she was, even if she wasn’t actually feeling that,and I was so afraid when she thinking about giving up her life,because she is so young has her whole life ahead of her and just to give up because of revenge. Also she calls out bull shit, and tries to keep her head held high.
Ajita is the best friend anyone could wish for! Her support for Izzy is incredible! while she was struggling with some of her own life she was still there for Izzy. The support she gave was so lovely, and I like the fact she took no bull shit either, when she knew something was wrong she wouldn’t sit there and let her best friend take it all on her own.
And there is Danny who was a piece of st.I hated him with passion.When met him you just get the feeling from him that he is entitled to things because he has money. He tries to buy Izzy’s love, he said he forgave her when she did nothing wrong.I mean what the actual fk???Danny clearly has issues at home with his family, but that doesn’t excuse how he treats his so called friends.
This book is so powerful and inspirational, but also so necessary in this time. Slut-shaming is the norm in this society: girls who have a lot of sex is looked down upon, but at the same time girls who haven’t had sex are “prudes”.