The Compulsive Reader: Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Monday, March 10, 2008

Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Jade Leigh would probably rather kill herself than become a conforming "Barbie" like almost every other girl at her school. Unfortunately, these sentiments, along with her all black dress code seemed to have guaranteed her a permanent status as Loser at her high school. But when her attitude lands her in hot water, her principal comes up with an unconventional punishment. Jade is immersed into an alternate reality, one where everyone dresses, acts like, and worships her. And what's more, she's stuck there, unless she can somehow work together with her arch nemesis, Mercedes, and find a way out.

In Oh My Goth, Showalter will take you on a witty and complex Matrix-esque ride. This novel gives a wild and highly entertaining twist on the life of modern teenagers while still remaining true to reality by throwing in many of the issues millions of them face each and every day. It is evident through the dialogue and actions of these genuine and lively characters that Showalter knows teenagers, and what's more, she empathizes with them. Jade's individualism and her probing questions about life, death, acceptance, and hate give Oh My Goth a certain depth that will brand Oh My Goth in your memory for quite a long time.


Chelsea said...

I'm so glad that you liked it - I'm happy that I bought it, now.

Em said...

I like the title of this one. :)