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Oh My Goth

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Oh My Goth

Unfeeling. Ice queen. Robot. Those are just a few of the names that Jade Leighton’s been called. And they aren’t wrong; Jade hides her emotions, locks them away. If she doesn’t have feelings, then she can’t get them hurt, right? And her heartless interior matches her exterior, since Jade is Goth and chooses to dress in dark colors, mostly black.

Jade and her friends find beauty in darkness, and Jade particularly finds beauty in death. She’s accepted her inevitable demise after the death of her mother all those years ago. The rest of the school doesn’t understand her affinity for darkness, and Jade and friends are bullied for being different. They’re attacked especially by queen bee Mercedes, a prep who Jade knows quite well, considering their parents used to date.

"Gena Showalter’s OH MY GOTH was really insightful....the storyline was unique, and I took a lot away from it about how important it is to not judge someone else just on the superficial stuff."

After a big fight with Mercedes, Jade gets a visit from her deceased mother. Jade needs to be taught a lesson. She gets swept into a backwards world, one where everyone is Goth and Jade is at the top of the social ladder. Her friends are now preppy, and they don’t remember her. The only other people who seem to remember the real world are the new boy Clarik and Mercedes, who is suddenly at the bottom of the pecking order. Jade and Mercedes want to go back to how things were, and to do so they might actually need to…work together? Their lives get turned upside down, but maybe everyone needs to get shaken up occasionally.

Gena Showalter’s OH MY GOTH was really insightful, and I may or may not have recommended it to a few of my friends already. To be honest, I was unsure in the beginning about how much I would like it since I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum at super prep. But the storyline was unique, and I took a lot away from it about how important it is to not judge someone else just on the superficial stuff. I struggle a lot with reading a book if the wording is awkward, but I didn’t feel that here. OH MY GOTH was really easy to read and I flew through it in a few days. I didn’t want to put this book down, and would often be reading instead of doing the rest of my homework. It was totally worth it though. This book was always in the back of my mind and I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.

I don’t want to spoil anything because you should read the book, but I really liked how much each character developed. They all really grew as individuals --- even the minor characters --- and that was shown through their actions. I wasn’t just told that they had changed; I saw it. I watched the characters learn and I learned with them, which is more than I can say for a lot of books.

OH MY GOTH deals with regret, and reminds us to take risks in life --- you won’t regret reading this book though. OH MY GOTH is captivating, entrancing its audience from the opening quote through the plot twists to the heartwarming ending. As Jade says, “there’s always more to the story.” And there’s a lot more to this one, so find a copy and start reading.

Reviewed by Becky N., Teen Board Member on September 19, 2018

Oh My Goth
by Gena Showalter