Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter: Book Review

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** spoiler alert ** Predictable? Yes. Cliche? Definitely. Awesome nonetheless? Absolutely! Oh My Goth was a fun, light-hearted, super quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.

Some parts that other reviewers picked on, I actually enjoyed. I thought the slang coined by the protagonist, Jade Leigh (“fright” instead of “cool”) was actually adorably clever. It was cool (and for some, possibly educational) to have the different types of goth explained – yes, these types are really a thing. Jade’s voice as a protagonist was well done and amusing, with her near-constant sarcasm and total disdain for most everything.

My main critiques for the book were that some of the explanation of things in the virtual reality universe felt a little clunky (her friends expect her to know what things are – such as Coffin Club – yet they willingly explain it to her anyway without questioning too much what the heck is wrong with her that she doesn’t know); and that in the end, the ‘bad guy’ doesn’t suffer any consequences, no one looks into their actions, nothing comes of it. They just get to keep on doing what they’re doing. Of course, I also get that that wasn’t really the point of the book, but it could have been explored.

All in all, I really loved this one. I felt that it was well-written, fast-paced, and an all-around good time! – Anne ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


I honestly had only a vague idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such an amusing, quick read!

Jade Leigh is a fascinating and engaging protagonist in Oh My Goth. Her voice is well developed. I felt pulled into this universe almost right away.

As with many stories, there were some unanswered questions and loose ends. Some of the bullying felt a little over the top and bordering on stereotypical.

Jade’s friends were really interesting to me. And I could definitely picture each scene in this book in a live-action or animated movie format!

One critique I had for this book was it felt a little jarring to me that Jade was described as ‘Goth’ instead of just ‘goth’.

Overall, I think the main messages of the book were clear and enjoyable. I absolutely loved the character development of both Jade and her nemesis Mercedes. – Jake ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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