A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
Series: Izzy O’Neill #2 (book 1 review)
Published by: Electric Monkey
Release date: 07/03/2019
Summary: It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn.
Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?
I absolutely adored The Exact Opposite of Okay, Laura’s first book and book one in this series, so I was insanely excited to find out that she was releasing a sequel (yes, I know it been out for a year now, I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it). A Girl Called Shameless was everything I wanted it to be. I adored it as much as the first book, and I am so happy I finally got around to reading it.
The opening section of this book recaps the first book in a list style, but it felt really natural within the writing style, and I actually found it really useful to remind me of the major plot points of the first book, which I really feel like enhanced my experience reading this book.
I really love Laura’s writing style. Her books are so funny, which I always appreciate, but the main thing I love about her writing style is how honest it is. The main character, Izzy, swears and talks about sex and body parts and makes dirty jokes and it is so realistic. People Izzy’s age swear and talk about sex and body parts and make dirty jokes in real life, so it’s nice to see that represented in books. I really hope all of Laura’s books continue to have such an honest writing style, because it is awesome.
Another thing that I really loved about this book is the fact that it talks heavily about politics and feminism. I love that more and more YA books are talking about these issues, because young adults care about these issues, so it’s so nice to see that reflected in books. A Girl Called Shameless also goes a lot into things you can actually do to bring political issues to light and try and bring about change. I loved reading about how Izzy and her friends fought for change to the revenge porn laws. I got so swept up in their fight. I got so angry at all the sexist shit they had to deal with, and I was so impressed with how they stood up to it.
I finished reading this book while I was at work, and it still made me cry. I work in a hospital, and I was reading in a public area, so there were lots of people around, and that is usually enough to stop me from crying at books, but A Girl Called Shameless did it.
If you love feminist YA, you should definitely check out this series. It’s amazing.
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