Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

A great book to read and really lets you see what it is like in the other persons shoes.

Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else.  She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm.  They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school.  But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble-again-her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternative universe where she rules the school.  But her best friend won’t talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth.  Only Clarik, the myterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques.  And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade’s stuck in a virtual reality game-because she’s stuck there, too, now living the life of a “freak.”  Together, they realize they might never get back to reality…and that even if they do, things might never be the same.

I liked this book.  It was quick, funny and enjoyable to read.  Showalter does a good job setting the stage of a typical high school then twisting everything around.  It was predicable but enjoyable to read.  You knew that the characters would end up the way they did at the end but it was sweet.

The disturbing thing about the book was what the principal did to get those results, to teach them a lesson.  That was a little extreme.  Intriguing idea for the plot though.

Oh My Goth had humor, witty characters and a moral to the story.  A good book for the young adult collection.

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