Okay guys, I have a really good reason for being a day behind this week. My LB is sick with a nasty cold. Its his first real bug since birth and we are quarantined at home and I have a clingy little person that does not want to let go of his mommy. Which makes it hard to type. Or to do anything for that matter.
Reviewing used books that I got at a great price!!
I got this book at a little new and used bookstore near me. The author is what drew my attention, as I have read some of her other books. So I grabbed it for $5 to try it out.
Title: “Oh my Goth”
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster)
Publishing Date: 2006
So, this book in a nutshell is about a girl in high school and her small group of friends that like to dress in black and wear safety pins for a fashion statement. The reason the main character, Jade, does this is solely so she doesn’t blend into the crowd. Down with conformity! Literally, there is no other reason explained that she does this. Now, if I were a smart little fortune cookie, I might be able to assume that she is acting out due to her mother’s untimely death. But nowhere in the novel does it hint at this and as I am not the author, I refuse to assume anything about the characters motivations.
Anyway, a mean teacher makes her feel bad about herself ( To give credit where it’s due, that teacher is spoken of as a problem teacher, so it doesn’t really come across as author manipulation.) and she mouths off getting sent to the principle’s office.
The principle, tired of Jade’s deviant ways, uses a suspicious doctor (?) and throws her into a virtual reality where she, Jade, is the most popular person in the town. Unrealistically popular. Which may have been the point. But is just made me scrunch my eyebrows and wonder if that was the way it was supposed to come across.
Jade’s arch-nemesis, and the other end of the stereotype spectrum, is Mercedes, who is also stuck in the virtual world. However, though Mercedes is wildly popular in the real world, she doesn’t pass the cool test in a world gone goth.
Together, these two girls with their stereotypical clothes and poor attitudes must work together to get back to their world.
Let me just say, I love Gena Showalter. Her books are top shelf in my bookcase because they are so quirky, which I like in a book. This is, obviously, one of her early works. Was it a cohesive story? Yes. Was it the worst I’ve read? Definitely not. Did I love anything about it? Nope. Did it take me two weeks to read because I kept putting it down? Maybe.
What this book did, more than anything, is remind me how authors grow. And isn’t that just the coolest thing? Writers are not static, much as their characters shouldn’t be. Showalter was still finding her groove, testing the waters, stretching herself, and that raises the value of this book in my eyes.
I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. I wouldn’t tell anyone not to read it either. It was mediocre, which is to say, meh.
Now, her later books? YES. Read them. Worth it. But that is for another day.
See ya tomorrow, blog peeps.