Which, ironically, was actually one of the best books I've ever read. No. I'm not kidding. I'm not playing up the abilities of its author, Laura Steven, nor am I harping about "those feminist things" in a way that'll make you cringe.
Sweet. Mother. Of. Mary. This book changed everything.
The cast of characters Laura put together was loud, unyielding, so alive that they felt like real people I went to high school with. And diverse.
Let's say it louder for people in the back: THE BOOK LOOKED LIKE THE WORLD DOES.
For a South Asian girl like me, seeing a South Asian character best friend with the spunkiest personality imaginable (hysterical, by the way) and an obnoxiousness that only a high schooler can both manage to impress and induce an eye roll with, was the icing on a cake I've waited for my entire life.
Okay. I guess I'll back up now. Laura Steven's THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY (capitals are necessary because it's that good, not just because it's the title) follow...