Oh My Goth

Oh My Goth

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 e...

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Title:Oh My Goth
Author:Gena Showalter
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Oh My Goth Reviews

  • Sarah Perchikoff

    As much as I’d like to say that Oh My Goth would have helped me when I was younger, when I was in my “goth” phase, I don’t know if I would have been ready to learn the lesson it’s trying to get across. Reading it now feels like a breath of fresh air and something that I can fully appreciate and understand. I can understand Jade before she goes into the “goth world” and after and what she learned. While this book came out when I was in a sort of similar place as Jade, I am so glad I read it now r

    As much as I’d like to say that Oh My Goth would have helped me when I was younger, when I was in my “goth” phase, I don’t know if I would have been ready to learn the lesson it’s trying to get across. Reading it now feels like a breath of fresh air and something that I can fully appreciate and understand. I can understand Jade before she goes into the “goth world” and after and what she learned. While this book came out when I was in a sort of similar place as Jade, I am so glad I read it now rather than then. I am in a much better place to accept the characters, the story, and the themes Oh My Goth presents. Let’s get to the review!

    Jade Leighton is having a hard time. She’s had a hard time since her mom died when she was little. She’s decided since then that she’s not going to feel anymore. She pushes down her feelings so she doesn’t have to care about anyone or anything. Because then when they leave, it won’t hurt so much.

    You can probably guess how that works out, huh?

    But Jade has to go through a journey before she can realize her coping strategies are not the way to live.

    When we first meet Jade, she’s dealing with her dad and stepmom not understanding her, her friends dealing with her aloofness, her nemesis/former best friend, Mercedes, being the cliche popular mean girl and reading a page from Jade’s private journal in front of everyone they know at a party. Yeah, she’s a bit of an asshole.

    But Jade also meets the new dude in school, Clarik. He’s built like a Greek god, has a deep raspy voice, and perfect dark hair. (Of course he does!). But he also has secrets too. Ones Jade can’t seem to get out of him.

    He also tells Jade that she’s a “bad bet,” meaning it’s more likely that she’ll leave or break his heart than be happy or stay. (While it may be true, it is possibly the meanest thing I’ve ever read). Jade accepts this, she even understands it. She knows who she is. But it doesn’t mean she still doesn’t have a massive crush on Clarik.

    Too bad all that needs to be put on hold when Jade and Mercedes get hit by a car and end up in some kind of alternate reality where “goth” is the norm, Jade is the most popular girl in school, and Mercedes is the outcast along with all of Jade’s old friends.

    Jade and Mercedes have to figure out how to get back to the real world and what lesson they’re supposed to learn that will help them get there. Should be easy, right? Especially when Jade doesn’t really like being the most popular girl in school, especially when none of her friends like her, and Mercedes certainly doesn’t like being the outcast.

    But things get more challenging when the Clarik in this world sees Jade beyond her “popular” persona and they begin to really care for each other, and Mercedes gets to see what it’s like to have friends/people who really care for her

    How are they supposed to get back to the other world when this alternative one is turning out to be pretty nice?

    Well, the alternative reality has it’s bad points as well, but when the choice comes up, which life will Jade choose?

    I really loved this story. Jade and Mercedes’s character development from one reality to the other and then back again is truly inspiring. And I love how Showalter made it just slow enough that their changes are believable. As Jade makes her way through the “goth” alternative reality, we see her become more and more caring, in no small part due to Mercedes and Clarik.

    And Mercedes’s change…wow! She stays the same sassy girl but the way Jade and her bond, and she becomes closer to Jade’s friends is truly something special. We don’t get to see much of the actual process since the book is in Jade’s point of view, but it is clear by her actions and what happens at the end of the book that she learned a lot.

    And Clarik is just…lovely. Yes, he says that awful thing at the beginning of the story but due to the experiences that Jade and Mercedes go through in the alternate reality, Clarik changes as well (NO SPOILERS).

    The ending is kind of what I guessed was the reason Jade and Mercedes were in this other world, but that didn’t make it any less special or compelling. There were plenty of twists and turns (especially with what people were wearing lol) that I didn’t expect which made this book so damn good.

    Oh My Goth is a book that I think everyone should read but especially girls and women. The story shows the importance of female friendship, not taking people for granted, and looking at things from different perspectives to really understand what others are going through. It’s a truly beautiful story. I am giving Oh My Goth 5 out of 5 stars. Go put it on your TBR right now!

    Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter comes out September 8, 2018

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Harlequin Teen for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Boundless Book Reviews

    “Fact is, everyone in the world is going to die at some point. No need to get attached.”

    Jade Leighton hasn’t had it easy, after the tragic loss of her mother. It’s haunted her, its left her feeling numb. She doesn’t want to feel, doesn’t want to attach herself to anyone. Which leaves everything in her personal life strained. She knows it but doesn’t feel she has to change.

    At first, when I started reading this story. I thought it would be a typical girl has no feelings and learns to open herself

    “Fact is, everyone in the world is going to die at some point. No need to get attached.”

    Jade Leighton hasn’t had it easy, after the tragic loss of her mother. It’s haunted her, its left her feeling numb. She doesn’t want to feel, doesn’t want to attach herself to anyone. Which leaves everything in her personal life strained. She knows it but doesn’t feel she has to change.

    At first, when I started reading this story. I thought it would be a typical girl has no feelings and learns to open herself up because she meets a boy. Nothing wrong with that, it’s in my zone of reading. But there was this huge twist I didn’t see coming. I was annoyed initially, but then I was like this is different. When I found this on the shelf at the Book Store. I loved the cover, that’s the first thing I saw. I read a couple pages and was into it. So I bought it. In my typical fashion, I never read the blurb. That would have told me of the twist. But always love to jump in blind.

    Jade learns some much about herself through this whole story. I loved watching her grow and realizing that there are people in her life that mean the world. That she shouldn’t hide behind the facade that she presents. Showalter is an excellent storyteller. The writing was fantastic. So fantastic I finished this book in a day. This book was originally published in 2006 and revised for 2018. So I don’t know what the original was like. But I do love this revised version.

    Overall, I give this Five Boundless Stars. It was a fresh Ya Novel, and it brought emotions out of me. You want to see the best for Jade.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    As a child, Jade witnessed her mother's death in an horrific car accident. In an effort to protect herself, she decided to stay detached and numb herself from the world. A conversation with her dead mother and a bump on the head brings her into an alternate reality in order to help her see the dangers of living her life behind her emotional armor.

    • Pro: The whole Goth thing was secondary to many of the other wonderful messages and ideas in

    As a child, Jade witnessed her mother's death in an horrific car accident. In an effort to protect herself, she decided to stay detached and numb herself from the world. A conversation with her dead mother and a bump on the head brings her into an alternate reality in order to help her see the dangers of living her life behind her emotional armor.

    • Pro: The whole Goth thing was secondary to many of the other wonderful messages and ideas in this book. My biggest takeaways were to value who you have in your life, because you never know when you can lose them, and to be kind, because you don't know what other people are dealing with. Both of these were excellent pieces of advice, and I loved seeing Jade learn the value of them.

    • Pro: I enjoyed the Freaky-Friday-Scrooge-esque feel of this tale. Having Jade and Mercedes role swap was a great way for each character to learn more about the challenges of others and each other, and although it was a little over the top and maybe even cheesy, Jade's reaction to everything after she returned made me smile.

    • Pro: The romance between Jade and Clarik was so sweet. Watching him chip away at Jade's protective coating warmed my heart, and it was wonderful seeing their friendship evolve into something more.

    • Pro: I had to give dad a lot of credit. He had his own pain to manage, while still trying to help his child overcome a horrific and traumatic event. He definitely got an A+ for effort and for not giving up on Jade.

    • Pro: Although I didn't quite understand why they put up with her, I was happy Jade had such a solid group of friends. I guess there was a shared outcast bond they had, and the way Jade would step up to defend them whenever the need arose, but I thought her friends gave a lot more to Jade than she gave to them, and for that, she was lucky.

    • Pro: I was happily surprised by what a through ending Showalter gave me. I expected it to wrap up immediately, but she wasn't done, and I was grateful she gave us a little more closure.

    Overall: A fun and heartwarming story about living in the present, appreciating all the people in your life, looking beyond the surface for what's underneath, and taking advantage of second chances.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

    First published 2006.

    Young adult twist on Its a Wonderful Life or Freaky Friday.

    The first half of the book sets up the lives of Jade, Mercedes and new school classmate Clarik. There is tragedy, friendships and deliberate cruelty. And then reality is twisted and they must learn and understand their new world to survive.

    As is typical with this type of renewal and awakening story, I cried through the last 50 pages. It wasn’t really a mystery what was going on, but the r

    Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

    First published 2006.

    Young adult twist on Its a Wonderful Life or Freaky Friday.

    The first half of the book sets up the lives of Jade, Mercedes and new school classmate Clarik. There is tragedy, friendships and deliberate cruelty. And then reality is twisted and they must learn and understand their new world to survive.

    As is typical with this type of renewal and awakening story, I cried through the last 50 pages. It wasn’t really a mystery what was going on, but the results were sweet and satisfying.

    The message: live life and be kind.

    I received a copy of this updated book at ALA.

  • Gaele

    Jade Leighton had a hard life, and the time after that wasn’t spectacular either. With the death of her mother when she was little, she decided that not going to feel for anyone or anything anymore is the way to live. Then, she won’t be so devastated when they go. Because in her experience, most everyone goes away – family, friends and even hopes for a boyfriend. It’s just easier to stay apart – let them talk, it doesn’t really affect you if you don’t care – right? Oh how wrong that is, but Jade

    Jade Leighton had a hard life, and the time after that wasn’t spectacular either. With the death of her mother when she was little, she decided that not going to feel for anyone or anything anymore is the way to live. Then, she won’t be so devastated when they go. Because in her experience, most everyone goes away – family, friends and even hopes for a boyfriend. It’s just easier to stay apart – let them talk, it doesn’t really affect you if you don’t care – right? Oh how wrong that is, but Jade’s got to learn the hard way, and the lessons are ones that don’t actually appear and come into your notice right when you need them!

    Proving that she doesn’t care for anyone isn’t easy – but dressing up with goth-heavy style and being the ‘weird kid’ helps to keep new people away, what she didn’t count on was that friends she’d had for years, and that easy relationship with her Dad, would also be challenged by her new look and standoffish attitude. With care and style, Gena Showalter uses the often-overplayed teen tropes of mean girl, emo boy, bullying, teasing, ostracism and gossip to turn the story, and Jade’s attitude on its ear. Discovering that along with her former BFF – now THE mean girl in school, Mercedes, Jade wakes to find herself in an alternate reality – where Goth is the THING, she is more popular than Mercedes was at the height of her ‘teen queen rule the school’ phase, and even Jade’s old friends who left her to follow Mercedes, are now on the outside looking in.

    Best of all, this world has the ‘new guy’ Clarik as well, and he’s just as gorgeous without that habit of pushing people away before they even come close. And this Clarik finds her to be interesting, intriguing and the real her, beneath the push-away don’t come close Goth makeup is the Jade that could have been: one that isn’t to be avoided or teased, but the empathetic, non-bullying person who can now look past the cliques and social-ladder of the school and judge people on who they are – not what they look like. Interestingly, for Mercedes, the wake-up call was just as dramatic, and potentially far more valuable to the community at large. For once the bullying bitch, prone to ‘sharing’ private diary entries at parties, serving direct cuts and subtle digs to those she deemed ‘unworthy’, she’s come to see that everyone has feelings that are easily hurt, and that being mean and bullying just because you can, or you want to hide just how insecure you are inside – isn’t right, and the friendships that girls make with girls that support and cheer on each other are what will help you when things get rough – and it was a solid lesson to everyone about becoming a real friend, and learning to support, question and cheer on – rather than judge, shame and denigrate.

    I don’t honestly know just how many YA-Aged readers will absorb the lessons here – but exposure and learning to see the similar desires, dreams and needs of your fellow human beings is never a bad thing. A lovely read from Showalter, clever, engaging and honest enough to feel plausible even with the fairly out-there alternate universe where the lessons are provided in actual time and space examples.

    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review .I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility

    Review first appeared at

  • Caroline

    This book is extremely cliché. I feel like there was no actual meaning to this book, about 20 pages in, I was ready for it to be over.

    The story of this book is that Jade and her enemy Mercedes are hit by a car and go into this sort of freaky Friday reality. In this reality Jade, on day 1, seems to care about all sorts of things she had no care for at all in her actual reality.

    This book is extremely cliché. I feel like there was no actual meaning to this book, about 20 pages in, I was ready for it to be over.

    The story of this book is that Jade and her enemy Mercedes are hit by a car and go into this sort of freaky Friday reality. In this reality Jade, on day 1, seems to care about all sorts of things she had no care for at all in her actual reality.

    I can tell that this author does not usually write YA fiction. I found the situations and actions of the characters did not feel like something teenagers would do.

    Insta-love played a huge role in this book, and the relationship didn't add anything to the book, it was just there because the author felt like the book had to have a couple. Clarik (why did he have to have some special spelling of his name?) told Jade he was in love with her even though HE HAD BARELY TALKED TO HER!!! A FAKE REALITY DOES NOT COUNT!

    The jerk in the story Bobby, ends up being homeschooled, which sounds like it's supposed to be a punishment for him being such a jerk. As someone who is homeschooled, and is very lucky to be homeschooled, I found this insulting to anyone who is homeschooled.

    I'm so glad to have finished this book, it was only 265 pages, it felt like it was an eternity.

  • Jessica

    Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Well when I started this one I thought I was going to hit it right off and it was going to be the love of my life this year. But sadly here I am writing a DNF failed read review for it. I am very sad right now.

    Do I Recommend this book? Not really

    Notes and Opinions: When I picked this one up I was so excited man! I love Showalter and I really wanted to love this one. I mean look at that premise it looks SO GOOD!!! It's all about showing that every

    Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Well when I started this one I thought I was going to hit it right off and it was going to be the love of my life this year. But sadly here I am writing a DNF failed read review for it. I am very sad right now.

    Do I Recommend this book? Not really

    Notes and Opinions: When I picked this one up I was so excited man! I love Showalter and I really wanted to love this one. I mean look at that premise it looks SO GOOD!!! It's all about showing that everyone is human no matter what they are going through and that really just sounded perfect for me right now. But this one had some major issues.

    Right when this one started I knew I was going to have issues. The main character Jade starts contradicting herself right off the bat and that was pretty annoying. She gives us some snips from her journal at the start of each chapter and those were great but just didn't work out for the story at large. I really ended up not liking Jade for what I read. She compalins about everything and wasn't really doing anything to change that. It made her a very irritating character to read about.

    When I read about different people I want to care if they fall of a cliff or you know get murdered or blown up and this about half way through the book I just didn't care at all. In the end I wanted to fall for Jade and her situation etc but it just wasnt happening.

    Go Into This One Knowing: Failed Message, Ugh Main Character

  • Miranda Reads

    When the author of the

    announces that she's rewrote her first YA novel.

    Honestly, after reading the Everlife series, I cannot imagine anything worse.

    And then I read the reviews for Oh My Goth.

    Already got the original from the library and pre-reserved the rewrite.

  • CuriousCompass

    I recently unpublished one of my books, & I'm in the process of rewriting it. I just wasn't happy with it, and I felt like those specific characters deserved better than I gave them. Plus, readers didn't respond to it, and it just generally flopped. So this idea is intriguing to me; an author rewriting her first book due to the negative reviews it got, years out.

    Showalter is a particularly polarizing author who a lot of people seem to either adore or hate, with little in-between. Her bo

    I recently unpublished one of my books, & I'm in the process of rewriting it. I just wasn't happy with it, and I felt like those specific characters deserved better than I gave them. Plus, readers didn't respond to it, and it just generally flopped. So this idea is intriguing to me; an author rewriting her first book due to the negative reviews it got, years out.

    Showalter is a particularly polarizing author who a lot of people seem to either adore or hate, with little in-between. Her books have amazing covers, too. I'm eager to check this out as I've never read one of her titles before!

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