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The Exact Opposite of Okay
The Exact Opposite of Okay | Laura Steven
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A hilarious, groundbreaking young adult novel for anyone who's ever called themselves a feminist . . . and anyone who hasn't. For fans of Louise O'Neill, Holly Bourne and Amy Schumer. Izzy O'Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by . . . Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician's son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off - but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It's the Exact Opposite of Okay. Bitingly funny and shockingly relevant, The Exact Opposite of Okay is a bold, brave and necessary read. For readers of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Doing It by Hannah Witton and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. 'Funny, unapologetic and shameless in the best possible way, this is a YA heroine (and book) that you've never seen before' - Louise O'Neill, award-winning author of Asking for It 'This book will make you laugh out loud, nod in agreement, cringe with recognition, and stand up and cheer. I adored it' - Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones 'I LOVED this book! A really smart, relevant and switched-on exploration of teen sexuality, gender and slut-shaming' - Katherine Woodfine, bestselling author of The Sinclair's Mysteries Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. She has an MA in Creative Writing and works at a non-profit organisation supporting women in the creative arts. Her TV pilot, Clickbait, was a finalist in British Comedy's 2016 Sitcom Mission. The Exact Opposite of Okay is her first book for young adults.
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StephanieGeiser
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7 days. 7 covers you love. No explanation. Tag a new person to participate each day.

@rather_be_reading - Wanna play??

#7days7covers #coverlove

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Hell yeah!
I wanna go slap a "nice guy in the friend zone" and burn down something created by sexist white man.

But legit this is a HILARIOUS, honest and modern plot about a girl getting slut shamed for having a vagina and using it. For reals, I don't like contemporaries but this has a really satisfying ending...and I wanna go burn down the patriarchy now.

THE FRIEND ZONE ISNT THE WORST PLACE YOU COULD'VE ENDED UP! WE DONT OWE YOU SHIT!

BethM Your review makes me want to try it. 3mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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I think I‘ve posted this book before, on a similar theme. This is about mistakes made on social media and I‘m just so glad I grew up before all of that - in my opinion it‘s #toomuchtooyoung.

#ayupaugust

*Little Angels, a ‘longhaired‘ rock band, were formed in 1984 in Scarborough on the east coast of Yorkshire. They supported Van Halen and Bon Jovi on tour*

Hooked_on_books Oh my god, I‘m SO glad I grew up before social media. I can‘t even imagine being a teenager in that mine field. 3mo
Cinfhen SO TRUE!!!! Love the cover art 🤩😍 3mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Okay let's just get this out in the open:
1. the US cover looks like a zipper vagina while the UK got a gorgeous design.
2. *gasp* omg Samm is voluntarily reading a contemporary?!

Well my friend DMed me and told me someone had basically written a more sexually promiscuous version of me (sarcasm and anti-Trump sentiment included). I'm only 100 pages in and we've already taken two shots at POTUS Agent Orange.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I had to go to book depository to check out British cover...YES, much nicer!! Sounds like a great read! 3mo
Megabooks That‘s as bad as the cover of 3mo
bookmom921 Oh...it looked like a mouth to me 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Lovesbooks87
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This book just goes to show how social media can ruin a persons life when the people you think you can trust can't be trusted. When compromising pictures of Izzy shows up on a website slut shaming her, her who life changes. My heart broke for Izzy and women in today's world who this happens too. It is not okay at all. We shouldn't have to worry about this at all!

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squirrelbrain
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This is what #modernlove means to me; it‘s about the chaos and recriminations that ensue when someone posts a compromising photo on social media.

I‘m just glad I did my growing up before the internet!

#maymoviemadness

Tamra God yes! 6mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, this looks good and it will work for #Booked2019 @Kathrin 6mo
Kathrin @Cinfhen Oh boy.... I think I start to get into trouble with all these recommendations! 😆 6mo
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Cinfhen Should I stop??? @Kathrin 😂😂 6mo
Kathrin @Cinfhen 😂 😂 😂 😂 I sure appreciate your input, but I fear if you keep on going, my TBR stack is going to burst! 6mo
Cinfhen Trust me, I know that feeling!! Good luck with the suggestions 😁 @Kathrin (edited) 6mo
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whatsthEStorey
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Love the narrator‘s unique voice and the way slut shaming, gender double standards, revenge porn, and bullying are handled in this book! @chelreads I hope this has arrived & that you enjoy it! #TheBreakfastBookClub
#socialmediafocus #booked2019 #Spring

chelreads I forgot to reply to your comment earlier this week! Yes - this arrived ☺️ I started reading Flower today! 8mo
whatsthEStorey @chelreads great!! Guess you‘re still on double duty catching us up! Thank you! 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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This is one time when you *should* judge a book by its cover. This is an explosive, colourful, fast-paced (and sweary) look at what happens to a teenage girl when a nude photo she sent to a boy goes viral.

My only issue would be that it felt a bit rushed at the end and I would have liked a bit more after the MC found out who had started it all and how that affected them and their friends. (Being cryptic as trying not to drop a spoiler!)

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StephanieGeiser
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I am so sorry for being so behind on my responsibilities for #TheBreakfastBookClub but I did finally get around to reading and finishing this pick last week. I loved it and can‘t wait for the sequel to come out a little later this year! Great pick!

HeatherBlue That cover! 😍 10mo
StephanieGeiser @HeatherBlue I know!! 😍 And the story inside is just as good! 10mo
whatsthEStorey It arrived! You have the cutest notepaper! 10mo
StephanieGeiser @whatsthEStorey Yay!! And thank you!! 10mo
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howlinglibraries
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Today was a VERY good #ARC hauling day. 😍 I love Harper and Simon Pulse too much to describe. I‘ll tag the other books in the comments!

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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The reason I participated in #NewYearWhoDis is to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone & read books I normally wouldn't, unless it comes highly recommended by some1 whose taste I trust. Getting matched w Svenja @thewallflower0707 is a wish come true! Thx to d ever capable @monalyisha! She works wonders! I'm hoping to read some of the above in January then the rest throughout the year.

BridgetteM Great selection to choose from! 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @BridgetteM thank you! All thanks to @thewallflower0707 great picks! 😊❤️ 11mo
monalyisha D‘awww. Thanks! 🥰 11mo
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thewallflower0707 I love the pictures you create! Do you use an App for that? I‘m looking forward to chatting with you about your chosen ones!❤️ 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thewallflower0707 tq Svenja! it's pic collage :) I love that app! It's really user-friendly too! I'm looking forward to discussing with you both our reads too! 😊 11mo
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StephanieGeiser
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Catching up on some Litsy mail tonight ...

The next book for #TheBreakfastBookClub arrived safe and sound (tagged) - I‘m just getting around to posting about it now! @erinreads @hes7

Thank you for the #jb #bookitforward (The Music Shop) @wanderinglynn

And as always, thanks for the #jb cards @AmyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Soubhiville @Morr_Books @tracey38 @Kdgordon88 @Lovesbooks87 @CoffeeNBooks

Lovesbooks87 💜💜💜💜 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 12mo
AmyG 💕 12mo
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whatsthEStorey Hey @StephanieGeiser have you mailed out the book for #thebreakfastbookclub December round? No big deal if you haven‘t, I know things can get busy, I just wanted to check and make sure it didn‘t get lost in the mail. 10mo
StephanieGeiser @whatsthEStorey So sorry! No, I have not mailed out The Exact Opposite of Okay yet. I finished it last week and it was on my list of this to do by Friday but it didn‘t quite happen. I‘ll package it up today and mail it on my lunch break tomorrow! 10mo
whatsthEStorey No worries! 😉 I figured you would‘ve posted if you‘d sent it, but I thought maybe I‘d missed it. 10mo
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hes7
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Frustrating and funny, this is a great YA story. @StephanieGeiser it‘s now on the way to you. #TheBreakfastBookClub

StephanieGeiser I love that cover!! 13mo
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CoffeeK8
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A great exploration in how slut-shaming, revenge porn and high school worries can change the life of the girl at the center of it.

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juliannebenford
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This was a great choice for #bookclubYA - loads to talk about, from the central theme of revenge porn and manipulative relationships, to the friendship betrayals and the main character's sassy, filthy-mouthed grandmother! I really enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to seeing what this author does next. #YA #youngadult

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juliannebenford
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This came yesterday, my next book club read! I'm in two book clubs now, one at work and one that meets in a big central London Waterstones, #bookclubYA. I had to take some photos to help promote #bookclubYA on social media and I'm glad they came out well - the cover illustration is amazing! #YA #youngadult

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Blair_Reads
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Powerful message. This was a good but exhausting read in the sense that I was angry on behalf of Izzy for most of it. I wish Bitches Bite Back were a real website. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

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Kayleigh12
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I‘m not a massive contemporary lover but I seriously love this book. The first 100 pages or so were quite slow for me and I was thinking about giving up but I am so so glad I didn‘t. Once I hit that 100 page mark I couldn‘t put this down. A fantastic message behind a hilarious, flawed and unapologetic protagonist. Highly recommend. #YA #Contemporary #feminist #4Stars

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Kayleigh12
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My next #YALC read is this beautiful book. It‘s a totally different genre from my past few reads so I can‘t wait to dive in. #currentlyreading

TheLibrarian Cool cover! 1y
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Librarybelle
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I didn‘t know what to think of this at first - the teenage dialogue and the constant jokes were a little off putting. But, Steven constructs a story with various layers, bringing to light challenges faced and the disparity of perceived behaviors between boys and girls. I ended up really liking it. Read this for #thebreakfastbookclub #GroupA . @corycatelyn , this should be going out to you tomorrow!

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Librarybelle
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Friday morning cuddles with #Vladimir and #Zeke . #catsoflitsy

squirrelbrain How bizarre! @Oryx just sent me that book in the post today! Are you enjoying it? 1y
Librarybelle @squirrelbrain I am! At first, the teenage language got to me, but once I got into it, I‘m noticing all of the layers in the book. 1y
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Librarybelle
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Unwinding with this selection for #thebreakfastbookclub #GroupA .

erinreads I just realized I never sent Scythe even though I had it all packaged and ready to go at work. But since you‘ve still got this to read, I don‘t feel so bad for procrastinating. 😂 Hope you enjoy this one! 1y
Librarybelle Haha, @erinreads , no worries! 1y
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Oryx
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I thought this was really great, thanks for bringing to the book swap @daydreamin_star
It examines 'slut shaming' and revenge porn, and the double standards for women
The character of Izzy had a really strong voice, using her humour as a shield. I will definitely pick up the next book when it's out.

daydreamin_star Yay! I am so glad to hear you liked it Emma! :) 1y
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Laura Steven‘s debut YA contemporary novel is a feminist polemic against toxic masculinity, revenge porn and slut-shaming but while I cheered its feminism and liked the fact that Izzy is not perfect and has real money worries, Ajita exists only so Izzy can learn from making mistakes at her expense while a disabled character exists solely to bolster Izzy‘s self-esteem and the men are almost all creeps while the humour just didn‘t work for me.

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Librarybelle
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Got this today, @erinreads ! There was a hole in the packaging, but the book and notebook look okay. Probably good you rubber banded them together! #thebreakfastbookclub #GroupA

erinreads Oh nooo. I accidentally bought a whole pack of unpadded envelopes, so I was afraid it would happen. Glad the book and notebook made it safely still! 2y
Librarybelle @erinreads It could even have happened when my post mistress was putting the envelope in my PO Box. But, no damage to anything, so everything is fine! 2y
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erinreads
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Nothing like waiting until the last minute! This is now on its way to you, @Librarybelle! Should be there by Monday. 🤞🏻 #thebreakfastbookclub #GroupA

Librarybelle Yay! 2y
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erinreads
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Yes. Read this book. #reviewofchampions

I‘m really excited to pass it on for #thebreakfastbookclub and see how everyone else feels about it. Love the blurb on the back: “A novel for anyone who‘s ever called themselves a feminist... and anyone who hasn‘t.” 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #GroupA #YA

Also, one book finished for #25infive and over 2 hours in the books! 💃🏼 Now on to the books with boring spines! #readathon

Andrew65 Well done 👍 2y
Christine11 I loved this one too - so good! 😊 2y
DeborahSmall Loved this too 2y
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I took today off work partly due to getting no sleep last night and also because I just needed a break, so this is perfect timing to join in on the #25infive fun! Besides work tomorrow, I have the weekend free and I‘m even off on Monday because my husband has another doctor‘s appointment, so I‘m hoping to finish some of these and make dents in others. 🤞🏻 Also excited to finally start and play catch up with the #middlemarchinapril readalong!

Andrew65 Welcome aboard, good luck. 😊 2y
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erinreads
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On page 2 and I already know this book will be amazing. 😂

Coco Yes!! 2y
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erinreads
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Selected this for #thebreakfastbookclub and it finally came in, so now I‘m excited to read it before sending it off to @Librarybelle in a couple of weeks. Hope it‘s good! 🤞🏻 I‘m also ridiculously excited for my notebook selection, too! 😹 #GroupA

Christine11 It‘s a good one! I really enjoyed it! 😊 2y
Librarybelle Love the notebook!! And this reminds me that I have to start reading my selection soon! 2y
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thewallflower0707
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I love the back of The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven so much! It‘s cute, colorful and look at that premise 😍. I hope I can finish this before I start my trip to #Edinburgh tomorrow (already dying of nervousness).
#TheHazelWood was alright. There could have been more plot and I‘m kinda irked out that there will be a sequel?🤔 #holiday #newbook #nowreading #cover

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daydreamin_star
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I've been really struggling to finish books lately. I keep starting them and then picking up a new book instead of finishing the last. Which means I am in the middle of so many stories right now. Has anyone else had this issue before?

To combat this, I have started THE OPPOSITE OF OKAY to see if it will be a book that I will finally finish!

#ukya #ukyabook #currentread #YAFiction #fiction #fictionbook
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgI_87MDsLx/

Kaye I have that issue a lot. It sometimes takes me a few days until settling on a new book. I start one after the others but they just don‘t grab me. Then I‘ll start one and bingo ! It finally sticks. 2y
ReadingSusan Yes I sometimes can be reading six or seven books just trying to find the right fit. 2y
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Missusb
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#currentlyreading with #miniaturerose 🌹#mayrelease2018🇦🇺 #yaliterature #socialmedia #technology #mentalhealth and it‘s still hot. ☀️☀️☀️

Missusb Just a comment after finishing. I found the trauma of Izzy‘s situation (victim of revenge porn) was maybe a little derailed by the humour. Yeah it was funny, but gosh, not sure we should all be laughing so much. On the other hand, Izzy gets to react any way she wants. But it‘s a timely story. (edited) 2y
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Missusb
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omg, my #tbr in Feb pile has just blown out of control. These are all intense, controversial and will probably all be tough to read. Oh my. #yaliterature #preview #rso #mayrelease2018🇦🇺

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Christine11
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This is such a fantastic new YA book about a young woman whose intimate relations with a senators son are made very public. She is then judged and shamed by her peers, the press and even some of her teachers. It‘s so witty and funny despite the serious subject. I loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Full review on my blog if anyone fancies reading it 💗💜💗 https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2018/02/08/the-exact-opposite-of-okay-by-laura-s...

Kalalalatja You made me want to stack this book all over again! 2y
Christine11 @Kalalalatja That‘s so nice ! I really hope you love it when you get the chance to read it ! 😊💗 2y
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Christine11
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1. I‘m so sorry you‘re not having a great time @TricksyTails - I hope these pics of my spaniel Harvey cheer you up a tiny bit ! #LetsMakeTricksySmile
2. iPhone 📱
3. I‘ll eat either but no walnuts or pistachios !
4. I‘m reading the tagged arc which is about an 18 year old girl whose sexual encounters and nudes are leaked online after she sleeps with a republican senator‘s son - it‘s fantastic so far !
5. Ballet ! 🧚‍♀️
#HumpDayPost

TricksyTails Oh sweet Harvey‘s face cheered me up!! Thank you for so much! 🤗♥️🐶 2y
Christine11 @TricksyTails I‘m glad he cheered you up ! He is a sweetheart 😊💗 2y
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“As a feminist I feel immediately guilty because everyone is trying to encourage girls into STEM subjects now, but to be honest I‘m not dedicated enough to the Vagenda to force myself to become a computer programmer.”

18 year old Izzy O‘Neill tells her story through a series blogs dripping with humour and sarcasm, that will have you laughing out loud.
Full review on Goodreads 5*

LeahBergen Vagenda. 😆😆 2y
Kalalalatja What @LeahBergen said 😂😂 2y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja ‘Vagenda‘ was only a couple of pages in. I laughed so hard. So many funny quotes in this book 2y
TrishB My daughter quoted this one to me too!! She has the same opposition! 2y
eraderneely As someone in STEM, this field is not for everyone. Feminism is all about choice and opportunity. Supporting your lady-friends who are into STEM is just as feminist! (This book looks fab!) 2y
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DeborahSmall
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Just finished this new YA from netgalley! Absolutely loved it, and delighted there will be a sequel next year. Hilarious, even through the devastating parts ❤️📚

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I‘ve just started an eARC of this book and I‘m already halfway through as IT‘S JUST SO GOOD! If you like Louise O‘Neill‘s ‘Asking For It‘ then you‘ll love this. It‘s fiercely feminist, witty and intelligent. The author @lauramsteven is new to litsy so please help make her welcome and spread the news about her upcoming book!

gibblr When does it come out? Sounds great! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @gibblr beginning of March 💜 2y
gibblr Thanks! 2y
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“A timely, important debut that should be added to school libraries across the world. It's unabashedly feminist. It's hilarious. It's also heart-breaking—sometimes switching from one to the other in just the space of a few lines. Although this book is about some fairly heavy stuff, Steven does a great job of balancing it out with humor, hard-won character development, and a message that made me cheer loudly on public transport” – Christine Herman

RaimeyGallant I yelled while reading on a plane last month. :) Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
Chelleo Stacked! Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
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This book is predicted to be a great YA read and I‘m hoping to read it next thanks to netgalley. I‘m part of the street team promoting it and was wondering if anyone else is interested in joining? You can win swag etc. Let me know your Facebook name if you are and I‘ll invite you to the group.

laurenbescoby Would love to but I don't use Facebook! 😣 sounds great though! X 2y
Alfoster Me too! But I‘m also not on Facebook!😫 2y
Sharanya Ooh I‘m intrigued! 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams @miralunasbooknook I don‘t most of the time but the author has chosen it for some reason. Would much prefer twitter! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @Sharanya if you want to find out more, let me know your Facebook name and I‘ll add you to the secret group. 2y
Sharanya Awesome!! Facebook name is Sharanya Sharma — I think you‘ve friended me on there 😊. 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @Sharanya I‘ve added you to the group 😀 2y
GripLitGrl Sound like a good read I'm interested my fb is under my name Marianne Peluso😀 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @GripLitGrl can you add me as a friend so I can invite you to the group? I‘m Rachael Mills with same profile pic. 2y
DeborahSmall Definitely xx 2y
GripLitGrl Sorry @ScorpioBookDreams i can't seem to locate you 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @GripLitGrl I‘ve messaged you so we‘ll see if that works. I think we both have strict privacy settings. 2y
GripLitGrl All set thanks again @ScorpioBookDreams 2y
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